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First contributors to London 2012 Festival named

8th December 2010

The first group of artists and performers commissioned to appear at the London 2012 Festival have been announced.

Opening on June 21st 2012 and running until the last day of the Paralympic Games, the event is a 12-week celebration of the UK's cultural scene and will be the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

Contemporary artists Rachel Whiteread and Olafur Eliasson will create special commissions for the festival, while David Hockney and Lucian Freud will launch major exhibitions as part of the programme.

In addition, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Toni Morrison, actors Jude Law and Cate Blanchett, British film director Mike Leigh, Glaswegian conceptual artist Martin Creed and musician Damon Albarn will also contribute to the festival.

Tony Hall, chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board, commented: 'Leading artists from all over the world will come together for a wonderful finale of the Cultural Olympiad. 2012 is going to be a stupendous summer of sports and arts - the whole of the UK in celebration.'

He added that more contributors to the London 2012 Festival will be announced in the coming months.

Last month, the Olympic Delivery Authority appointed Neville Gabie as the artist-in-residence at the Olympic Park in London.
 

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