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.
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
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.