Evening Celebration Event – 9 July 2012 in South Park, Oxford (Ticket Only Event)
Oxford is getting ready for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and Evening Celebration on Monday 9 July 2012.
People from across Oxford will be able to welcome the Olympic Flame to the streets and celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Flame in their community.
The Olympic Flame will finish its journey at South Park for the LOCOG Evening Celebration. This is a ticket only event and people without tickets should not attempt attending.
Applying for Tickets – now SOLD OUT
Please note: Tickets were available from Wednesday 6 June 2012 and are now SOLD OUT.
South Park opens at 3.30pm for the Evening Celebration Event. The main event will run from 5pm – 10.30pm.
Tickets were available only for Oxfordshire postcodes and limited to four per household.
At the event, Coca-Cola, a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, is bringing rockers Young Guns to Oxford for a spectacular evening celebration.
Samsung will be getting Oxford dancing by bringing Britain’s Got Talent finalists Twist & Pulse.
As the LOCOG stage show finishes at approximately 7.30pm we transfer to the stages of Festive Oxford 2012 until 9.30pm where you will be entertained by local, national and international artists.
There will be national acts such as Olympic legacy project Festive Road Tea Party and comedy performances from renowned acts such as Fraser Hooper.
There will be performances from local acts such Under Construction, Playhouse Theatre Tent, Folk Musicians, Anjali Dance Company and Oxford County Youth Band
There will also be sport activities and demonstrations to include activities such as Trampolining, a swim bench, Shoot a hoop and Tennis Zone stalls.
The finale of the evening event is an hour long performance of the Tree of Light.
It is one of three epic performances that will take place across the Thames Valley this summer. The culmination of a spectacular and ground breaking two year arts project, the performance will bring together 850 participants – including singers, dancers and power-generating cyclists – from school and community groups across Oxfordshire. Staged around a central ‘Tree of Light’ – a monumental sculpted work created by cutting edge set design duo Block9 – the hour long performance promises to be a visual and sonic feast for the senses. It starts at 9.30pm and is due to finish at 10.30pm.
The Tree of Light is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements. The project is funded by the arts Council England and the Legacy Trust UK, which creates a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. It is being delivered by Thames Arts, a consortium that includes CIAO! Festival, Oxford Inspires, Henley Festival and Windsor Festival. For more information visit the Tree of Light website.
- 5pm-7.30pm – LOCOG Event including Young Guns and Twist & Pulse
- Approx 6.45pm – Olympic Torch arrives at South Park
- 7.30pm-9.30pm – Festival of Oxford 2012 including local, national and international artists, and sporting activities
- 9.30pm-10.30pm – Tree of Light
Festive Oxford 2012 Full Event Programme
Love Oxford Music Stage
- 3.30 and 9.00 Oxford Philomusica (Musicians from Oxford’s prestigious professional orchestra will give an open air preview of their upcoming baroque season).
- 4.15 and 7.30 Oxfordshire County Youth Big Band (A 20 strong group of truly inspirational young musicians which entertains audiences of all ages with its range of jazz and big band classics).
- 8.15 – 8.45 Love Oxford Performance including CLC Gospel Choir and others.
- 3.30 – 4.00 MMA
- 4.15 – 4.45 Fusion
- 7.30 – 7.45 Fencing
- 7.45 – 8.00 Gymnastics
- 8.00 – 8.20 Anjali Dance Company ‘The Reflection’. (This pioneering dance company develops the creativity of people with learning disabilities. ‘The Reflection’ is a duet inspired by an image of the moon shining on water).
- 8.20 – 8.30 Pegasus Dance Group present ‘Walk this way!’ (inspired by different styles of dance from African, Indian, Latin American, contemporary and ballet and looking at importance of understanding others and learning to appreciate the qualities people can offer)
- 8.30 – 9.00 Out of the Blue (Oxford’s premier all-male a cappella group – these boys can juggle harmonies with the skill of a knife thrower)
- 9.00 – 9.25 Jali FIily Cissockho (a vocalist and kora player of the highest order in the tradition of the great Senegal griots)
Central Performance Zone
3.30 – 3.55 Quidditch Demonstration (YEAAAAAA!!)
- 4.00 – 4.45 Festive Road present ‘Brewing Up’ (Acclaimed Carnival Arts Company with a spectacle music and dance performance that explores the English obsession tea-drinking and the rituals surrounding the nation’s favourite brew).
- 7.30 – 8.00 Festive Road present ‘Brewing Up’
- 8.15 – 8.45 Ugar Purple Spider Dance Team (13 strong company comprising dancers and singers from the Eastern Torres Strait Islands in Australia will present a sharp, polished and energetic performance of traditional Kab Kar and Segur Kab)
- 9.00 – 9.25 Headington Quarry Morris Dancers (steeped in Oxford’s Morris tradition, this group can trace its ancestry back to 1899, today they are truly part of a whole modern folk revival)
- 7.30pm John Fletcher
- 7.50pm Rising Voices Community Choir
- 8.10pm Ben Smith & Chris Gardener
- 8.30pm Tunesmiths
- 8.50pm Jackie Oates
- 3.30 – 9.25pm UnderConstruction Theatre Company (UnderConstruction is an Oxford based multi-national theatre company creating site-based performance using multiple art forms)
- 3.30 – 9.00pm The Big Weave
- 7.45 and 8.25pm Nick Cope presents ‘Family Songs’ (singer & guitar). Nick will be accompanied by sign language interpreter Martina Davis.
- 8.05 and 8.45pm Rand Russell (An enthralling storyteller who delights children and adults alike with his spellbinding tales. Rand will be accompanied by sign language interpreter Christine DeBlase)
Playhouse Theatre Tent
An imaginative space filled with treasures from the Oxford Playhouse including: 4pm Bath Time – OP’s sell out show for young children and, mid evening, the wacky and wonderful young OP company 16/22
- 4pm Bath Time Show
- 8pm 16/22 Playhouse Theatre Company Performance
Various Locations around South Park
Look out for…
- 3.30pm Out of the Blue (Oxford’s premier all-male a cappella group – these boys can juggle harmonies with the skill of a knife thrower)
- 3.30pm Jali Fily Cissokho (a vocalist and kora player of the highest order
in the tradition of the great Senegal griots)
- Motion Disabled Unlimited (large scale inflatable installation created through the study of the body and movement of some of the UK’s most famous paralympians)
- Electric Pedals Cinema (A chance to see some quirky films produced by children participating in the Tree of Light project – In a yurt! And only if you are prepared to pedal to power the projector!)
- Network of Stuff present ‘Ridiculympics’ (roaming comedy theatre performance. full of theatrical invention, entertainment and cracking stories)
7.45pm Fraser Hooper
Award winning clown and festival favourite Fraser Hooper’s latest hilarious show takes on the world of boxing. Unmissable, belly-aching comedy for all ages. “Perfect comic timing, Hooper is super” The Sunday Mail Australia
8.15pm EA&AE from Spain – ‘Entomo’
A multi award winning male dance duo from Madrid, mixing urban and contemporary dance, will present the English premiere of ‘Entomo’ in which the insect and human worlds are fused.
Olympics Event Site Plan (3.8MB PDF)
Stallholders at Olympic Torch Event
Visit our Stallholders page for details of how to apply to be a stallholder at the Olympic Torch Event in South Park on 9 July 2012.