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Royal Holloway celebrates the Cultural Olympiad

Posted on 27/04/2010
The Creative Campus Initiative (CCI) has been officially launched today (27 April 2010) at the Royal Festival Hall. Royal Holloway, University of London is playing a major role in this dynamic initiative, which will deliver a programme of high quality cultural events and artworks inspired by the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

This summer over 100 new arts and creative projects will take place at the 13 universities participating in the CCI, reflecting the distinctive strength of the arts and creative practice in South East higher education.

Royal Holloway students and academics, as well as the local community, have been working together to create a diverse programme of innovative commissions, exploring Olympic and Paralympic ideas and showcasing the talents of both established and pioneering new artists. Historical, cultural, and social issues raised by the Games will be addressed alongside new learning materials and workshops with schools and local communities.

A major exhibition of the completed projects will take place on Sunday 6 June 1-5.30pm at the university’s annual Garden Party. This diverse exhibition will include an interactive installation using two 15-metre boats on dry land, performances of newly commission music and dance works, short films by Media Arts students, and a production combining toy theatre and live theatre performance. Meanwhile, various workshops will give school pupils the opportunity to write, film, and edit their own films, to design and build artificial legs for future Paralympic competitors, and to test their own model boats.

Katie Normington, Dean of Arts at Royal Holloway, says: “It is a testament to the high standard of creative work by those on campus and within the community that we have just been awarded the ‘Inspire’ mark for our events”.

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), this is one of the largest consortia of HE institutions in the UK, intended to open up the cultural resources of each university and provide access to world leading, practice-based research in the creative and performing arts.

For further information, please visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/cultural-olympiad/


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