Mayor’s London Festival approaching

Towards the end of summer London holds a large open-air arts festival and this year it is set to be an amazing event following the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.

First held in 1997, the festival will take place on September 8th and 9th this year and will centre around the area between Westminster and Tower Bridge. All of the events are free of charge and aim to celebrate the unique and varied culture of the capital city – making it a must for art fans enjoying London hotel deals in a few months.

Each year the festival commissions a number of new works that involve street arts, music, food, art installations, acting, dance and even circus events. The end of the two-day festival is marked with an illuminated night procession along the north and south banks of the River Thames involving 2,000 people and then a fireworks display launched from vessels on the river itself.

Key performances this year include a rendition of XX Scharnhorst by a number of international choirs and percussionists performing at night on the HMS Belfast.

There is also a special song being composed by Sam Lee to mark the tenth year of the Kids' Choir – an initiative supported by the Thames Festival Trust.

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, explained that this year's event has particular significance and is set to have a great atmosphere.

"The Thames Festival celebrates the ingenuity, creativity and pioneering verve of this great world capital and will have a significant role to play in our celebrations marking the 2012 Games, adding to the colour and excitement of an amazing year for the capital.

"So head down to the South Bank and enjoy this truly amazing event showcasing the vibrancy, diversity and rich culture of our capital."

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