London 2012 Festival launch: Stephen Fry and Wallace & Gromit in cultural celebration

10:04 26 April 2012

Stephen Fry will celebrate the UK

Stephen Fry will celebrate the UK's comic talent during the London 2012 Festival

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Damon Albarn, Stephen Fry, Tracey Emin and Wallace and Gromit will be among those taking part in the London 2012 Festival.

Announced this morning, the full programme features 12,000 events across the UK.

Highlights include Fry, Tim Minchin and more celebrating the UK’s comic talent.

Designers Paul Smith, Giles Deacon and Matthew Williamson will be among those collaborating with artists to showcase London fashion and art.

Wallace and Gromit will make their BBC Proms debut with Wallace’s commission My Concerto in Ee, Lad.

The Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, will be launched in May, while Yoko Ono’s Smile project will invite people to upload photos of their smiles.

Across the country events will be held at locations including Stonehenge and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Fry said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be an astonishing event, and it’s only right that we use the opportunity to showcase our world leading arts and culture when the eyes of the world are on us.

“The London 2012 Festival will give everyone the chance to have an Olympic experience, and leading the way will be the Playing the Games programme taking place at the Criterion Theatre, London’s most beautiful West End theatre.”

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “I think what I’m particularly proud of is if you look through the programme you have a lot of old favourites but you have a lot of innovation.

“If Shakespeare and Dickens are looking down I hope they are extremely proud of the culture and heritage to which they were so important.”

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