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Stonehenge set to relocate to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Open East Festival

Stonehenge set to relocate to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for London 2012 one year anniversary celebrations


Jeremy Deller, Sacrilege, Glasgow International Festival 2012

  • 4 Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller set to bring his life size inflatable Stonehenge to Open East Festival
  • Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to meet and buy work from leading east London artists including, Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk and Pure Evil
  • Bompas & Parr commissioned to create spectacular finale to the Festival

It has today been announced that Sacrilege, the life-sized inflatable bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, will finally make its way into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of Open East Festival – a weekend of music, food and theatre to celebrate the anniversary of London 2012 on 27 & 28 July 2013.

Sacrilege toured the UK as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations, delighting visitors the length and breadth of the country throughout the summer. Originally co-commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Create London and the Mayor of London, it has since toured the world travelling as far afield as Paris and Hong Kong. Now the artwork-come-attraction will finally have a chance to appear in the former Olympic Park on the weekend that marks the first anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the Games as well as the start of the phased opening of the Park to the public.

The Fairey Band, also known as Acid Brass, will be performing at the festival. Acid Brass the brainchild of Deller is the unlikely fusion of Acid House anthems with the sound of a traditional British Brass Band.  Their performances of music by groups like the KLF, 808 State and many more have been huge hits with audiences at music festivals across Europe and beyond.


The Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented: “Last summer London put on the greatest show on earth, culturally as well as in sporting terms, and I am thrilled to see Jeremy Deller's inspired bouncy Stonehenge return to London for the first anniversary celebrations. It will add to the fun and magic of this delightful festival, which along with the other events taking place over the next few weeks shows the amazing potential the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has to become one of our greatest destinations, for visitors and Londoners alike.”


Open East Festival organisers the Barbican and Create London have also today announced further leading artists will appear in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the arts extravaganza including Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk and leading East London street artist Pure Evil who will be appearing as part of The Art Car Boot Fair, which gives visitors the chance to meet and buy work from leading artists.


Bompas & Parr, named by the Independent as 'one of the 15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain', have been commissioned to create a spectacular finale which will be the climax of each day of the Festival. The duo are famed for creating dazzling spectacles including a scratch'n'sniff cinema, a walk-in cocktail, installing mini-golf and rowing boats on the roof of Selfridges, building a climbable mountain of chocolate and transforming Kew Gardens pond into a giant fruit salad. Details of the spectacular are being kept under wraps by organisers who aim to save the surprise.


Britain’s top artists will be joined by top chefs at Open East Festival where The Real Food Festival will create a celebration of the best food producers in the country. Top chefs including Cyrus Todiwala, Stevie Parle, Ben Tish of Salt Yard Group, Mark Jarvis of Blueprint Café and Kevin Gratton of Hix restaurants will be on hand to inspire visitors in the Real Food Chef Theatre. Some of the country’s best street food vendors will also be on site including London street food champions Big Apple Hot Dogs, Pizza Pilgrims, Horn OK Please, Mamma’s Jerk Station, Community Kitchen, Hix Fish Dogs, Bhangra Burger with Dock Kitchen, Café Spice Namaste and Salt Yard Group representing the full breadth and depth of London’s gastronomic cultural character.


Visitors will be able to sample beers from local breweries from within a 10 mile radius of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at The Ten Mile Beer Festival which will feature Sambrook’s Brewery from Battersea, Meantime Brewing Company from Greenwich and The Five Point Brewing Company and Crate Brewery, both from Hackney.


Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create London, said: “Create London and the Barbican are bringing world leading artists into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to celebrate the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Games. Who wouldn’t want to bounce up and down on an inflatable Stonehenge to celebrate the start of the opening of this amazing new park? We would encourage local people to snap up tickets which start from only £6.00 for children and offer amazing value for what will be a fantastic day of music, theatre, food and entertainment.”


Louise Jeffreys, Director of Programming, Barbican, said: “Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege was one of the hits of the London 2012 Festival and we’re delighted to be bringing this extraordinary work to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for thousands of people to enjoy. The artists and commissions announced today ensure that Open East Festival will be one of the most exciting events of the summer and we can’t wait to welcome the crowds to London’s newest park.”


Mark Camley, Director of Park Operations, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said:

"Open East Festival is a fantastic opportunity to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before the first phase opens to the public. People will be able to enjoy the beautiful parklands whilst watching the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games on a big screen - it will bring the atmosphere of London 2012 back to the Park for the first time since the Games. Jeremy Deller's bouncy Stonehenge will delight visitors and the surprise Bompass & Parr spectacular will entertain children and adults alike."

Open East Festival

The Open East Festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park marks the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony as well as the start of the phased opening of the Park to the public with a weekend of international music, food, theatre, family fun, art and much more. The north area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open up to thousands of people for this packed weekend of entertainment and activity, art and food programmed by the Barbican and Create London.

The festival includes a host of international music acts on the main music and Caught by the River stages including The Waterboys, Seun Kuti with special guests Robert Glasper & Dead Prez, a supergroup of Malian artists including celebrated duo Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré and Fatoumata Diawara assembled by Cheick Tidian Seck, Ondatropica featuring Quantic and Frente Cumbiero, U-Roy, Bomba Estéreo, Jupiter & Okwess International, Soul Caribbean, DJ Don Letts, Wire, Stealing Sheep, Viv Albertine, Le Volume Courbe and The Rockingbirds.

Open East Festival promises a fantastic day out in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for all the family. Young visitors will be enchanted by The House of Fairy Tales who will be presenting their legendary Travelling Art Circus (which includes Gavin Turk’s Space Pyramid), encounter Joey from the acclaimed National Theatre production War Horse, and be mesmerised by Graeae’s production of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man.

There will also be opportunities to witness performances from some leading east London artists and organisations, sample the flavours of the world at the Real Food Festival and the ‘Buccaneers Banquet on the Bridge’, unearth a future masterpiece at the Art Car Boot Fair, experience the Pandemonium Drummers and BMX riders from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and explore London’s newest park before a spectacular finale closes each day.

Thanks to the support of Arts Council England and the Legacy Trust UK day tickets are priced at just £9.50 for adults, £6.00 for children aged 5 - 16, and under 5’s go free. Tickets are available from

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Editor’s Notes

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About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.5 million people pass through the Barbican’s doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.


The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, and Associate Producer Serious. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl and Michael Clark Company. International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center.


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  About Create London

Create London are the associate partner of the Barbican and are supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank, the Legacy Trust, Arts Council England, London and the six east London Boroughs.


Producing and commissioning socially engaged projects in east London for the past four years, Create London exists to spread the benefits of the artistic and creative community of east London to local people. Create London commissions and produce multi-disciplinary art projects in east London, which extend the barriers of socially engaged practice. Our conviction is in the power of art to make a positive contribution to our daily lives, encouraging debate, constructive change and social progress.


By working outside of traditional cultural spaces and building virtuous circles between artists, creative organisations and local people, we strive to nurture and grow the ambitions of our communities. Despite having the highest concentration of artists and creative businesses in Europe, east London has remarkably low levels of cultural engagement and remains one of the most deprived parts of the UK. Create London works to bridge the traditional divisions of class, culture, education, and social background between our creative community and local people.


By commissioning major projects, attracting new audiences and working in partnership to profile the cultural life of the area, Create London has a vital role to play in the continued economic regeneration of east London. Our programme is underpinned by Create London Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities for local young people.


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About Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will begin to open from July 2013 and will be fully open from spring 2014, it will be a whole new part of the city to enjoy and will provide jobs and homes for east London.


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  Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege

Jeremy Deller's Sacrilege  was co-commission between Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London. It appeared at locations across London last summer and, with support from Arts Council England travelled  around the country as part of the London 2012 Festival.



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