Rock climbing, Shakespeare and cycle safety - Festival Square events update 20-30 June

Please find below details of events at the Big Screen in Edinburgh's Festival Square (Scotland's official London 2012 Live Site) from 20 - 30 June 2012.


Drive Safe Cycle Safe event to mark National Bike Week, 11am to 2pm.

Organisations from across Edinburgh will gather in Festival Square to provide tips and advice to road users on the dangers of large vehicles and blind spots.

A practical demonstration will also be staged -  blind spots will be marked on the ground around a large vehicle and cyclists encouraged to swap places with the driver to understand his limited visibility.

Cycling safety videos and campaign messages will also be shown on the Big Screen.


Start of London 2012 Festival: collection of films screened on the Live Site throughout the day, including Tracey Emin's interview on the Review Show, excerpts from Royal Shakespeare Company shows for the World Shakespeare Festival and Film Nation: Shorts.

In addition, Yoko Ono's IMAGINE PEACE public art installation, translated into 24 world languages, will be premiered on London 2012 Live Site screens throughout the United Kingdom.

IMAGINE PEACE is Yoko Ono's worldwide initiative of anti-violence. This ongoing project uses the Internet, posters, thoughts, badges and a multitude of other media to communicate its message of peace to the global community. 

The Big Concert, 7.30 - 10.30pm. Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, live from Stirling. Featuring one of the most exciting conductors and orchestras in the world, this concert direct from Raploch, Stirling will also be broadcast on BBC Four from 9pm - 10.30pm and on BBC Radio Scotland from 7.30pm - 10.30. Seating will be provided in Festival Square for this event.


Energize Games 2012: 1.00 - 4.00pm. Led by Edinburgh Leisure, this event will see children from across the city come to Festival Square for an afternoon of sport and activities. The free event will give participants the chance to try a range of different sport and activities, from football and tennis to gymnastics and rock climbing.


BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 - from 4pm (5pm on Sunday) live coverage of this event featuring more than 100 of the world's top artists across six stages. Acts include Florence + The Machine, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Rita Ora, Jay-Z and Jessie J.

Saturday's coverage will be preceded by a live performance in Festival Square by Scottish singer-songwriter Kevin McDermott of The Kevin McDermott Orchestra from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.


London 2012 World Sport Day, 9am to 12 noon. Schools from across the City will take part in this free event, which will feature the London 2012 Mascot Dance. Ten Edinburgh schools will join schools from across the UK in doing the dance at the various Live Site events.

Wimbledon starts (until 8 July). Coverage live on Big Screen from 12pm daily.


The Hollow Crown is a stunning new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare's best-loved history plays; Richard II, Henry IV parts I & 2 and Henry V on the BigScreens@LiveSites this summer.

8.30pm, Richard II.  King Richard (Ben Whishaw) faces rebellion led by Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear).

The Hollow Crown is a tale of family, politics and power. The films tell the rise and fall of three Kings and how their destiny shaped our history. The four films have been commissioned by BBC Two for the Shakespeare Unlocked Season, as part of the BBC's contribution to the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.

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