Measuring 11 metres high by 25 metres wide, the Rings are travelling on a barge and will pass London landmarks including Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today launched a set of giant Olympic
Rings onto the River Thames as he announced a programme of cultural
events to celebrate London 2012.
From 21 July – 9 September, live music,
outdoor arts and 'pop up' events will take place throughout London. Ranging
from an original fusion of ballet and film to a floating opera, the programme
will provide extra
opportunities to get involved with the
London 2012 Festival
Boris Johnson was
joined by Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival, to make
He said: 'We're creating the biggest festival of outdoor arts ever to
be seen in the capital, as well as fantastic new work that will throw new light
on some of our city's lesser-known landmarks and hidden gems.
'Wherever you are
you will feel a part of the 2012 celebrations and experience a summer like no
other in one of the most exciting cities on earth.'
Free cultural events
As part of the London 2012 Festival, the Mayor has commissioned a series of free cultural events called
Secrets: Hidden London. Taking place across the city, the programme includes a floating opera inspired by The
Owl And The Pussycat and Like a Fish out of
Water, an English National Ballet creation capturing the nostalgia of three of
London 2012 Festival Director Ruth Mackenzie said : 'With
millions of free tickets and opportunities to take part, Londoners and tourists
will truly have a summer like no other, thanks to the partnership between the
Mayor's office and London 2012 Festival.'
Outdoor arts festival
Supported by Arts Council England, the Mayor has also
created Showtime, London's biggest ever outdoor arts festival, which will see the best of outdoor
performance brought to every borough.
Hall, Chair of London 2012 Festival and Chief Executive of the Royal Opera
House, said: 'As well as the London 2012 Festival, the Mayor of London’s
programme of free cultural events across the whole of London gives every
Londoner the opportunity to share in these celebrations wherever they live.'