Opera house hosts Olympic exhibition

The Royal Opera House in London will be hosting a special exhibition that will celebrate the stories behind the Olympic Games.

Starting on July 28th, the Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games is a joint project between the Royal Opera House and BP and will focus on how the sporting event has developed since ancient Greek times.

In particular, the free event will also recall stories of some of the memorable moments of past Games and the inspiring athletes who have taken part. Amongst the pieces on display will be Olympic Medals dating back to 1896 and some of the summer Olympic Torches used since 1936. There will also be a number of short films featuring key Olympic happenings.

The Royal Opera House is at the heart of Covent Garden and is easy to reach for those staying in central London hotels.

As well as the Olympic Journey exhibition, which runs until August 12th, the Royal Opera House is also hosting a number of events as part of the London 2012 Festival including an operatic performance of some of Shakespeare's plays and new work from the Royal Ballet.

The London 2012 Festival will feature more than 25,000 artists from all of the nations involved with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In total, there are over ten million free tickets on offer and there will be events happening at 900 locations across the UK as part of the festival, which is aiming to showcase the best of the world's arts.

Over the course of the festival, which ends on September 9th, there will be a total of 137 world premieres and 85 UK premieres.

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