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South East opens up to 2012

13 May 2009

The South East Partnership for the 2012 Games, led by SEEDA, is calling all partners and communities across the region to get involved with the London 2012 Weekend this July.

Open Weekend 2008 saw a total of 95 events held across the South East, the most held outside of London, and were attended by over 700,000 people.

The variety of last year’s events included:

  • fantastic light up events at Dover and Windsor,
  • special visits by Olympic medallists at the River and Rowing Museum,
  • opening of the Blenheim Palace grounds to cyclists for the first time,
  • Workshops by Soweto Kinch with Southampton's Youth Jazz Orchestra,
  • Over one thousand young people in Brighton mentored by Circus Oz,
  • Screenings of archival films, many for the first time.

This year, Open Weekend returns to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Between 24 – 26 July 2009, whether it’s sport or culture, education or sustainability, we would like to see events all over the UK inspired by London 2012 that enable people – young or old – to join in.

The 'Open Up' theme of Open Weekend event invites organisations and individuals to undertake inspiring and unique experiences across the arts, culture and sporting industries.

The London 2012 Open Weekend is open to organisations and venues from culture, sport, sustainability and education. Registered events should echo the Olympic and Paralympic values, should rise to the personal best challenge, and should take place between 24-26 July 2009. Commercial or commercially-supported events will not be eligible for registration.

For more information on this opportunity and to register an event, visit the London 2012 Open Weekend website.

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