Olympic impact on Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 14:24 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:19 20 February 2013

Charles Allen at Dalby Forest

Charles Allen at Dalby Forest

It is now less than 1,000 days until the start of the 2012 Olympics and with it an ambitious programme of cultural events which will benefit Yorkshire

One of the lasting legacies planned by organisers of the London 2012 Olympics is the enrichment of cultural life across the country including Yorkshire. Olympic committee member Charles Allen outlined the Cultural Olympiad programmes aims when he addressed a conference in Scarborough, before heading off to check out the new mountain bike tracks in Dalby Forest which will be used for next years World Cup.

We are creating a genuinely UK-wide Cultural Olympiad which will help break down the barriers between sport and art, said Mr Allen. We want to showcase excellence in the performing arts and creative industries, as well as sport, introducing young people to artistic communities and encouraging community involvement. Its about using the power of the Games to inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

And whats in it for Yorkshire? well, its an amazing chance to take the lions share of the opportunities, he added. Mr Allens visit was organised by Yorkshire Gold, the regional committee for London 2012.

Those opportunities include 855,000 to be spent creating three projects inspired by the Olympics which aim to transform the relationship between culture, sport and physical learning across Yorkshire. The Rugby Football League, National Centre for Early Music, the Chinese College of Physical Culture, Sheffield Hallam University and Northern Ballet Theatre are among the diverse organisations involved in the projects which are part of the Olympic inspired imove programme.

Under the project titles Dont Just Sit There, Extraordinary Moves and People Moves (New Worlds), activities will range from a children-led sporting festival to a dance and sport programme to the creation of a young peoples early music ensemble. It is expected that 1.5millon people will take part in the programme over the next three years.

And for Leeds Canvas a city-wide arts collaboration the Olympics is set to transform the city as a backdrop for a series of artistic events. The 500,000 commission will see international filmmakers and artists, the Quay Brothers, create art events culminating in a spectacular festival centred on the Dark Arches. The commission is part of London 2012s Artists Taking the Lead project and has been developed by the Arts Council in partnership with London 2012. A total of 59 projects across the country were shortlisted for 12 commissions which challenged artists to use the nation as a blank canvas.

About the Cultural Olympiad

The Cultural Olympiad is a national celebration of culture which is happening now and is about:

Giving everyone in the country a chance to be part of London 2012.

Bringing sport and art together on a scale that has never been attempted before.

Using the power of the Olympic Games to inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially amongst young people.

Making a real impact which will leave a lasting legacy well beyond 2012.

About imove: imove is funded by Yorkshire Forward, Arts Council England, Yorkshire

and Legacy Trust UK, a charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Games.

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