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London 2012 festival outlines events

31st October 2011

Culture vultures planning a trip to central London hotels in the coming year may be interested in attending the London 2012 Festival, running alongside the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Kicking off on June 21st and closing on September 9th 2012, the festival includes free concerts and art exhibitions to Shakespeare plays and dance performances.

Leading artists from all over the world are taking plat, including Plan B, Toni Morrison, Mike Leigh, Leona Lewis, Damon Albarn and Tracey Emin.

An exhibition of London 2012 posters by famed artists, including Emin, Bridget Riley, Chris Ofili and Bob and Roberta Smith at the Tate Britain.

BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 is a free live music event on Hackney Marshes featuring renowned musicians and DJ Trevor Nelson alongside Olympian Phillips Idowu.

Over 80 international artists, bands and DJs will stage a concert in front of 100,000 people celebrating the 2012 games.

Theatre and literature lovers may be interested in London 1612: Shakespeare's Theatre of the World, a major exhibition on the Bard at the British Museum.

Additionally, Big Dance will see a week of dance performances and fun participatory events.

Screening in Trafalgar Square of the Tate Movie Project will show off young people's work, while Road to 2012 is an exhibit a the National Portrait Gallery featuring images of Team GB medal hopefuls and key figures behind London 2012.

The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games is a free exhibit at the Royal Opera House, telling the history of the games through the endeavours of modern and ancient participants.

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