Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture have created The Games Walk, an interactive public art trail on the banks of the river thames from Eton to Dorney

 

The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture is launching The Games Walk Performance Festival’ in celebration of The Cultural Olympiad and the Festival has now been granted the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Performance Festival was created to celebrate the 2012 Games and to showcase the cultural achievements in the region. The fourteen day festival will run alongside the Olympic events in Dorney and see performances showcasing the region’s rich cultural talent, encouraging visitors to make more of their experience by exploring the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at the end of their visit. Along with the on site events, The Firestation is continuing in the Olympic spirit of encouraging participation in the Arts by extending the festival across its three spaces and waving the hire fees for any public performance. All events will be combined into the two week long festival programme.

The Firestation believes that the Olympic and Paralympic events are a superb chance to mark this moment in the area’s history and will mount a borough wide search for the new and emerging musical, performance and artistic talent - this will extend into schools and will encourage new and aspiring performers to apply. There will be no specific genres, instead applicants for the Olympic venue will be chosen on talent and suitability to the outdoor location. The Firestation hopes to continue to foster relationships with the chosen young & emerging artists and become a venue that will support for their future careers.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ’The Games Walk Performance Festival’ is encouraging talented young & emerging performersto fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in Windsor and the surrounding boroughs.’

The Games Walk Performance Festival will see dance companies, musicians, theatre groups and performers enliven and enrich the Olympic experience as well as supporting the emerging careers of budding performers through our in house shows. So if you are an aspiring performer of any kind and have always wanted to show your work to the world, then this is your chance!

Further details for the festival will be available here and on The Firestation’s Website. The Olympic site events will be open for applications soon. If you are interested in booking a space in the Firestation for the Festival, please contact programme@firestationartscentre.com