London 2012 Festival in Northern Ireland

Full programme of events unveiled as the festival of art culture comes to the UK from July to September

London 2012 and Arts Council of Northern Ireland have announced their complete London 2012 Festival programme for Northern Ireland, celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place from June 21 to September 9 and features leading artists from home and abroad.

The Northern Ireland programme is part of a UK-wide Festival that features more than 25,000 artists from all 204 competing Olympic nations, with thousands of free tickets and opportunities to get involved.

Northern Ireland will host one of four major opening events for London 2012 Festival in the UK on June 21. The Peace One Day 'Global Truce 2012' Countdown Concert in Derry-Londonderry at Ebrington Square will be presented by Jude Law and feature Imelda May, Guillemots, Newton Faulkner and The Wonder Villains.

Peace One Day is an organisation led by Jeremy Gilley which, in 2001, delivered a campaign that resulted in the unanimous adoption by UN member states of the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

Other announcements include an outstanding line-up of some of the world’s best artists at the first ever Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival from August 24-27.

Happy Days will feature the world premiere of The Beckett Songbook by musician and composer Gavin Bryars; Canadian film-maker Atom Egoyan’s 'Steenbeckett' installation; 'Godot Tree' by one of the UK’s most renowned sculptors, Antony Gormley; and the iconic New York theatre director, Robert Wilson, directing and starring in Krapp’s Last Tape. For tickets visit www.happy-days-enniskillen.com.

Furthermore, Fiddle and Feet presented by the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention features a specially commissioned piece by Shetland islander, Chris Stout; the spectacular Norwegian dance ensemble, Frikar; and the best in Irish dance and music from Breandán de Gallaí to the West Kerry Set Dancers and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin on June 28 at the Millennium Forum in Derry-Londonderry.

Actor Fiona Shaw was also in Derry-Londonderry on April 23 launching Peace Camp, drawing attention to an exciting programme of art in unusual places. Peace Camp will present glowing encampments amidst a soundscape of love poetry at Whitepark Bay and Mussenden Temple at Downhill Strand from July 19-22.

People are now invited to nominate and record their favourite love poems and submit their own messages at www.peacecamp2012.com.

Colombian artist Oscar Munoz will collaborate with Golden Thread Gallery and the Draw Down the Walls project in creating a special artwork in response to the Flax Street/Crumlin Road interface in North Belfast.

Hans Peter Kuhn’s FLAGS will take place at the Giant’s Causeway from August 20 to November 4. Visitors will see over 100 flags, red on one side, yellow on the other, wave along the bay of Port Noffer in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tickets have also gone on sale for Northern Ireland’s largest ever outdoor arts event and are available through www.landofgiants.info. An epic show of gigantic proportions Land of Giants will present a spectacular experience involving music, projections and pyrotechnics involving acrobatics, aerial dance and a giant set on Titanic Slipways.

These events and more can be found on the London 2012 Festival website, www.london2012.com/festival, where people can sign up for further information. People can also follow London 2012 Festival at facebook.com/london2012festival and @london2012fest on Twitter.