The recent drop in fuel prices is making your dream of seeing the Cultural Olympiad in London next year a reality. Packages including roundtrip airfare and budget accommodations start at around $1,000 from New York, Los Angeles and other major gateway cities. Why settle for an ordinary holiday gift when you can give memories that will last a lifetime?
Several art exhibitions will open early next year and the weekend of March 2 has fifty events to launch the 2012 Cultural Olympiad with momentum. Two Olympic themed musical performances stand out. On March 2, at Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, BBC Scotland presents a double feature of classical music and athletic traditions. The program includes John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare, Vangelis’s theme music from Chariots of Fire, Ravel’s Bolero, the signature music of Britain’s own 1984 Olympic skating medalists Torvill and Dean. The performance will also present the world premiere of a fanfare from James MacMillan, one of Scotland’s leading composers. Then on March 3, the Nottingham Youth Orchestra will be and English athletes will perform musical traditions from past Olympic Host Cities.
In early July, before hotels apply the Olympic motto “faster, higher, stronger” to their prices, artists from the host of the next Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, will invigorate London 2102 with contemporary works from tropical Brazil installed at special exhibits throughout the city. The only difficulty you will face is deciding which week of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad is best for you. Fortunately, London 2012 has a calendar program that lets you preview the types of events you want to see most.