It’s showtime, London
Showtime entertainers perform acrobatic and comedy skits for visitors to London's Victoria Park. (Hannah Schaffer)
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games may end in four days, but that doesn't mean the celebrations have to. Showtime: Entertainment Everywhere -- a festival that includes touring performances, hidden games and public movie showings -- has already begun to take London by storm.
Showtime On Tour – a troupe of international artistic, musical and theatrical performers – will take over Victoria Park 8 to 12 August. The troupe has travelled through Greater London since 21 July and will continue to make rounds through the city’s neighbourhoods until the completion of the Paralympic Games on 9 September. With outdoor acts that include poetry slams, gladiators, hip-hop dance shows and more, Showtime On Tour promises a fun -- and free -- spectacle for families.
To keep visitors and locals guessing, Hide and Seek London -- a company that creates new kinds of social and public play -- has teamed up with Mayor of London Presents, a special events program funded by Mayor Boris Johnson’s office, to create 99 Tiny Games – a series of hidden poster games scattered throughout the city. The locations are undisclosed, but visitors can follow the hints on the 99 Tiny Games map.
Showtime will also host Pop-Up Films – a series of outdoor film screenings in the city’s parks and gardens. For a few hours, locals and visitors can sit outside and watch free movies, starting on 15 August with The Muppets in Lyric Square, Hammersmith, and concluding on 9 September with Ben Hur just outside the Parish of Christ church in the southeastern Isle of Dogs neighbourhood.
Finally, to conclude the London 2012 celebrations and the end of the Paralympics, Showtime will put on Bandstand Marathon, where more than 500 music performances will take place in the bandstands of more than 20 city parks. From Enfield and Battersea Park to Paddington and Croydon, music will ring out all day on 9 September across London for anyone who wishes to celebrate the end of the Great British Summer.