Friday, 13 July 2012

Bells to ring aross the region in celebration of London 2012


Organisers of London 2012 are searching for bells to be rung at 8.12am on Friday 27 July, to celebrate the first day of the Olympic Games.


Thousands of people across the UK are expected to ring a bell as part of Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes, a new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed. 

In doing so they will join in the UK’s largest London 2012 celebration, and help to create a new artwork as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Organisers of All The Bells are now calling on people from Birmingham, the Black Country, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Coventry and Warwickshire to join in the celebrations.

Anyone can take part, ringing any kind of bell they can find: church bell, door bell, bicycle bell, baby’s bell, even a bell on a mobile phone. They simply register at www.allthebells.com and then ring their bell for three minutes at 8.12am on Friday 27 July.

They will join nationally regarded organisations, including The Royal Navy, The RAF, The National Football Museum and The Churches Conservation Trust, in taking part in this one-off event.

The sound of thousands of bells across the country ringing out at the same time to mark this historical moment will be a thrilling experience and a nationwide celebration. 

The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, opening on Midsummer’s Day, 21 June, and running until 9 September 2012. It forms the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the four year programme of arts and cultural events celebrating London 2012.

In total, over 70 arts and cultural events are taking place over the summer in the West Midlands as part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

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