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What you might not realise about the Olympics this summer…

Let’s face it, for some of us, Sport really isn’t our bag. Some of us will think that watching the javelin final is akin to watching paint dry or the this Olympic fervour is a tad overrated. But something that lots of people don’t realise is that the Olympics is only part of a scheme that the Government has introduced this summer entitled the ‘Cultural Olympiad’.

In a quick straw poll of the office, it turns out that nobody realised that there were alternatives offered to those not particularly interested in physical exertion. This is clearly a problem that needs addressing so all of us can get excited about the brilliant year that we have coming up (and hopefully not, as widely rumoured, the end of the world!). Hopefully here at Mulberry Cottages, we can come up with a various list of different events coming up this year to please everyone…

  • More a festival kid than a sporting hero? Radio 1 and 1xtra are getting in on the spirit of 2012 by organising a massive festival called the ‘Hackney Weekend’- based in part of the huge success on Radio 1’s annual ‘Big Weekend’- a free music festival taking place in a different city every year up and down the country- over 100 artists are getting together on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th June (a who’s-who of anyone on the British and American Music scene- from Jessie J to Lana del Ray, Plan B to Michael Kiwanuka via Florence and Taio and Tinie to name a few). Tickets are free and will be allocated to a select few following online registration which opens 6.2.12: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/hackneyweekend/2012/

 

Roll up roll up to the largest free festival that Radio 1 has ever put on...

  • If you know have a close relationship with Lucien Freud but struggle to place Usian Bolt, then the wealth of special art exhibitions  mostly focusing on the talent of British artists which are taking place in and around London could be right up your street.  A collection of Mr Freud’s portraits are being exhibited from this month until the 27th May at the National Portrait Gallery, Tracy Emin’s first collection in her hometown of Margate entitled ‘She lay down deep beneath the sea’ opens on the 26th May to the 23rd September and Damien Hurst’s first major study opens at the Tate Modern from the 4th April until the 9th September. http://festival.london2012.com/events/search.php?categoryIds=1114&startDate=From+Date&endDate=To+Date&pageNo=1

 

Ms Emin returns for her first major exhibition in her home town

 

  • ‘To be or not to be…’- if this is infinitely more interesting to you that discussing someone’s PB (personal best, I didn’t know either) then the Shakespeare ‘Globe to Globe’ project, running from the 21st April 2012 would come thoroughly recommended. This ambitious project, where one of 37 international theatre companies will present a Shakespeare play in a different language daily for six weeks, is set to be a uniquely British celebration of modern day multi-cultural society. Taking place in the Globe theatre and employing a tongue in cheek athletic ticket offer (the Globe biathlon, triathlon etc), Globe to Globe must be appreciated as a remarkable event bringing together timeless stories by players from every walk of life. http://globetoglobe.shakespearesglobe.com/

    Hamlet in Russian, Macbeth in Spanish or the Taming of the Shrew in Turkish anyone?

 

So whatever you’re into, there is no excuse not to hightail it to London and the surrounding area in 2012. Let Mulberry Cottages help you with a tempting selection of properties to suit 2 up to 40, or those who are interested in being country bumpkins, city slickers or surfer dudes. Get in touch with us on 01233 813087 and we’ll help you to be close to all the action in 2012!

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