Thursday, 9 August 2012

Showtime (London 2012 Festival) August-September

Wherever you are in London, it'll be Showtime this August as town centres come alive with fantastic free outdoor performances for the whole family. From local high streets to Parks and open spaces, there will be entretainment everywhere with the best UK and International artists, performers and shows. 

Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime festival, bringing fantastic free outdoor performances for the family to each and every corner of London. From local high streets to parks and open spaces, Showtime is delivering the best UK and international artists, performers and shows to your doorstep for free. Come on down!

From 21 June to 9 September 2012, artists from all over the world will come together in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What is it Showtime? Showtime is part of the London 2012 Festival - the finale to the Cultural Olympiad which was set up in 2008 to feature UK programmes and projects inspired by London 2012. The London 2012 Festival is the biggest festival the UK has ever seen. 

You don't know what to do this weekend? Until Sunday you can enjoy this unique experience  in Victoria Park to see a wide range of acts. Showtime content will include giant walk about dinosaurs, aerial shows, Beijing all female percussion, gorillas, live art hairdressing and many more street theatre shows. 
Some highlights:

Osadia: Whose Hair Dares, Hairdressing / Live Art
OSADIA are a performance art company that specialises in transformation of the public using unusual hairdressing and make-up techniques and plastic art. 

Bureau of Silly Ideas: The Hole Job, Street Theatre / Comedy
Proving blood is thicker than tarmac, road workers deviate from the norm by dancing, flying through the air, launching road cones into the sky and summoning a civil engineering superhero in a high flying super acrobat jaw dropping farce. 

Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion
Relive the spell-binding synchronization of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony with a performance by Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion. Red Poppy are China’s most famous all female percussion group.

Close Act: Saurus, Walkabout / Interactive
The biggest beasts that ever walked the earth return to the twenty first century. With a deafening roar these Sauruses charge through the crowds, looking for food to calm their hunger.

London Sweet: KinetikaBloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young musicians, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge. 

Roo'd is an act by Icarus Performance Troupe: giant kangaroos on amazing bouncing stilts jumping up to a metre off the ground and 2 metres in a bound.

View a full calendar of Showtime events here.

And...Have fun! 

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