Dorset’s Largest Creative Celebration to Date is Weeks Away

Maritime Mix
Maritime Mix

Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea, the largest creative celebration planned for Dorset and the Jurassic Coast to date, is weeks away. Animating Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic Coast this unique creative celebration will celebrate the area’s status as the 2nd largest Olympic venue after the capital and host to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic sailing events. It is the most ambitious creative programme to date with over 80 events across six months (9th March – 9th September 2012). With over 95% of the events free to access there will be something for everyone: visual arts, music, choral performances, outdoor theatre & circus, earth sciences, sound installations, video projection, dance and participative street celebrations. The funding is provided by: Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK, WPBC, Dorset County Council, local tourism partners and trusts & foundations .The programme will help promote the area as a cultural destination and encourage future investment. It will also bring the arts to new audiences and inspire more people to get involved putting local artists on an international stage and generating new partnerships and collaborations, leaving a valuable legacy for the whole cultural sector. Many local residents will be participating in events such as Coastal Voices, b-side, Inside Out, Battle for the Winds, Chalk Legends, The Giant Wall, Dinosaurs Not Allowed and Moving Tides.

Maritime Mix – London Cultural Olympiad by the Sea programme kicks off with Coastal Voices performance (rearrangements of Nick Cave songs by Sonia Slaney) in Poole at the opening of the Twin Sails Bridge, 9th March and continues with events taking place each month until the end of the Paralympic Games.

The opening of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic sailing will be celebrated with a three day mass celebration on Weymouth Beach. This will include; Battle for the Winds (26th July – 28th July) an epic outdoor, theatrical performance from Cirque Bijou and Desperate Men; Coastal Voices (27th July), community choirs present new musical compositions from John Surman, Sonia Slaney, John.K.Miles, Billy Bragg and Marc Yeats, Welcome Songs (27th July) choirs sing Eliza Carthy’s new musical composition and Breathe (28th July), international and national disabled and non-disabled artists presentation of the concluding part of Battle for the Winds.

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