It has been around the country and around the world, but today It was 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.”
Photo: © Artlyst 2012