Four years of Olympic celebration for borough

PUBLISHED: 16:42 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 25 August 2010

FOUR years of cultural celebrations leading to the 2012 London Olympic Games are due to be kicked off in a town centre.

FOUR years of cultural celebrations leading to the 2012 London Olympic Games are due to be kicked off in a town centre.

Greenwich will launch the UK's 'Cultural Olympiad' next Friday by lighting a line of candles between the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory at 7.30pm.

Visitors can watch from 7pm as candles are lit from the college grounds, past Devonport House, then up to the Royal Observatory where a 'spectacular' image of Greenwich will be illuminated.

As well as initiating a £40 million four-year arts programme across the country, the event will also launch a two-day programme of arts events in Greenwich.

Greenwich Theatre is due to put on a free open air performance of Utopia? in Well Hall Pleasaunce from September 26 to 28 at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

The area was once home to the daughter of Thomas More, author of the landmark book describing a supposedly perfect society.

The play is a part of the theatre's Inspiring Spaces program, which will see free annual performances at iconic locations across the borough.

Executive director James Haddrell said: "For me, the Olympics and London's successful bid to host them were never just about sport.The Olympics are about uniting people in celebration, aspiring towards excellence, welcoming diversity, inspiring young people and delivering a legacy."

Next Saturday four performance artists will be roaming around Greenwich Peninsula searching for audiences from 11am to 4pm.

Meanwhile a children's storytelling workshop is to take place at Greenwich Heritage Centre in Artillery Square, Woolwich, from 1pm to 3pm.

Next Sunday the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House and the Old Royal Naval College are to hold historical children's workshops and a mini Olympics from 11.30am to 4pm.

The Royal Observatory will be open free of charge from 11.30am to 4pm next Friday.

To book places for Utopia call 020 8858 7755. To find out more about the cultural Olympiad visit

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