The National Lottery raises £30million a week for Good Causes and has raised over £28billion since it began in 1994.
£2.2billion of this funding has gone towards staging the world's greatest sporting event right here in the UK as the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games come to London, but it’s not just the event itself that Lottery players have contributed to - it's so much more…
National Lottery players have quite literally helped to build the Olympics with funding supplied to construct the five major new sports facilities in the Olympic Park: the Olympic Stadium, a new VeloPark, Aquatics Centre, Handball Arena and Hockey Centre. In addition to this National Lottery Good Causes funding has also helped to create landmark venues that will house Olympic events elsewhere in the London, such as Wembley and The O2.
Thanks to the unique contribution of National Lottery players our athletes are being given World Class support as they prepare for London 2012 and beyond. A proportion of Good Causes money raised by The National Lottery is targeted at over 1,200 of our most talented athletes and has helped to land 438 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals since lottery funding began. This support offers athletes coaching, training and competition support, medical and scientific services, and access to the best facilities that the UK (and often the world) has to offer. Furthermore succeeding in elite sports requires a full-time commitment from our athletes, so lottery funding contributes towards living costs too.
National Lottery support for 2012 isn't just about elite performance - it's also about creating opportunities for everyone to be inspired by the spirit of the Games. That's why we've funded both the Cultural Olympiad and grassroots sporting projects across the country.
Over 25,000 people enjoyed the opening weeks of London 2012 Festival in Northern Ireland with worldwide coverage of Peace One Day, Land of Giants, NI Opera Shorts and Fiddle and Feet. As we approach the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, here's how Northern Ireland can continue to celebrate the London 2012 Festival.
Peace Camp will make coastlines glow at Downhill Beach and Whitepark Bay.
Dusk til Dawn, 19th-22nd July, Downhill Beach, Mussenden Temple and Whitepark Bay. Joining 6 other murmuring, glowing encampments around the UK, Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastline. The project will also paint an audible portrait of the nation with the creation of a virtual Peace Camp online. People can nominate and record their favourite love poems at www.peacecamp2012.com. Peace Camp is free but it is a quiet and contemplative artwork designed to be wandered through at your own pace. Therefore the event is ticketed.
Draw Down the Walls presents Ambulatorio Belfast by Oscar Muñoz
Flax Street/Crumlin Road Interface, 11.00am – 3.00pm, 10th July–4th August, Belfast. Golden Thread Gallery and London 2012 Festival have commissioned Draw Down the Walls to present a new artwork by Oscar Muñoz, an internationally renowned artist from Colombia, who will create a temporary public intervention within one of North Belfast’s interface zones. Ambulatorio was initially created using aerial photography of Cali in Colombia. In Ambulatorio Belfast, he transforms the ‘no man’s land’ between the two barriers that separate Crumlin Road and Flax Street by focusing our point of view on an aerial vision of North Belfast as we walk across. His experience of working in another conflict zone puts the local into an international context, providing a unique window of opportunity to spotlight the relationships that are being built between historically divided communities as we move towards more hopeful times.
MACROPOLIS is a new animated film by Joel Simon, creator of On The Air with Gerry Anderson, commissioned specially for the London 2012 Festival, celebrating the Paralympic Games. Catch it from the 25th-29th August, Queens Film Theatre. Visit MACROPOLIS at www.macropolis.tv.
In addition there is a wide range of pop-up Festival activity in Northern Ireland. These include Big Dance, World Shakespeare Festival, Bandstand Marathon, A Hansel of Film with Belfast Film Festival, new films by Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay and others at the QFT, and pop-up comedy events at Happy Days, Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.
For ticketing information and to keep informed about more London 2012 Festival activity near you, sign up at www.london2012.com/festival, or at www.facebook.com/london2012festival and @london2012fest on Twitter.
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