For those that wish to be at the Festival and also watch some of the games, one of the Festival Bars will have a special screen in place, to broadcast London’s 2012 Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July. The Beijing Opening Ceremony in 2008 was watched by one billion and similar figures are expected to witness London’s ceremony, created by film director Danny Boyle and his team. What better way to watch a bit of history than in the company of lots of other musically like-minded people at the UK’s best-loved Folk Festival.
Courage, equality, respect, excellence and inspiration, symbolised in the Olympic Rings also set the theme for the Festival’s crèche and kids’ Festival activities. Mini Usain Bolts will be enjoying themselves throughout the weekend in The Children’s Area, run as a ‘Mini Olympic’ event with lots of champions mounting a special award podium.
The Festival will also play host to some light-hearted sporting street entertainers, paying their own unique tribute to the Games. PE Teachers, Mr Stretch and Mr Armstrong will be entertaining Festival goers on their mission to get the nation fit for the 2012 Olympics using only their enthusiasm, a roving musical pommel horse and some PE kits rescued from the lost and found locker! And Ancient Olympiads, Leonides and Hermogenes take us back to where it all began. It’s 328 BC and muscles are being flexed…Ancient Greek style!
For those coming to the Folk Festival to get away from all things Olympics or for those coming who are keen to keep up to date with what’s happening, this year’s Festival will offer customers a choice of either. The countdown has begun to this year’s event. On your marks…