Get into the next few weeks of great Olympic summer culture...
We've established that the Cultural Olympiad and its finale, the London 2012 Festival is a good thing - and its not over yet. With six weeks to go, we round up a handful of the peculiarly diverse events you can still get to...
Criterion Theatre, London
27 July to 12 August
Co-curated by Stephen Fry, this programme of lunchtime interviews, afternoon plays and evening performances sets out to unite the games and the cultural festival under one roof. Highlights include Rick Edwards putting Chris Akabusi in the hot seat, Sam Hodges directing the Olympics-themed play After the Party and a rather surreal-sounding sporting bedtime story read by Brian Blessed, Eddie Izzard and Fry himself.
4 to 11 August
Welsh performance and installation man takes over Spanish artist Eduardo Cajal's social sculpture and mobile arts capsule, comprised of a section of an old airplane. Collaborating with fellow Welsh artists and members of local communities, Rees will make the space a microcosm of Welsh culture.
Susan Philipsz - Timeline
Various locations, Edinburgh
Turner Prize-winner Susan Philipsz has built a career around sonic rather than visible art. Here she creates a series of site-specific audible pieces around Edinburgh pertaining to the city's canon that fires daily at one o'clock, and featuring her own voice replying to the gunshot.
22 June to 26 August
Inspired both by Brazil's rise as a global power and by its 2016 Olympic bid. Some might accuse this immersive fusion of Brazilian street theatre of stealing London's limelight...
Swan Theatre, Stratford
3 to 18 August
Angles and Americans take on the opposing roles of Greeks and Trojans in this transatlantic, multi-media production of Shakespeare's notorious problem play, a highlight of the World Shakespeare Festival (of which there is still much to enjoy, including an acclaimed Henry V at The Globe until 27 August and King Lear at London's Almeida starting in a month).
Crumlin Road/Flax Street interface
Until 4 August
Muñoz originally created this politically-charged work for his native Columbian city Cali, using black and white aerial shots of the city streets acting as a floor on which visitors could literally walk across. Now he applies his aesthetic to the historically tense area of Belfast between Crumlin Road and Flax Street. Forms part of the larger Draw Down the Walls cultural community project that addresses and re-imagine the city's divides.
23 June to 14 October
The Hepworth Gallery is simply spoiling us, by bringing not only one of Britain's favourite sculptors Richard Long to town, but also Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler. While Long's ARTIST ROOMS installation shows a selection from his seminal career (while he's busy producing pop-up graffiti for the London 2012 celebrations), Fowler's mouthful of a film The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the deluded followers of Joanna Southcott takes a look at Marxist historian EP Thompson.
For the full London 2012 Festival programme, click here.
Shula Subramaniam and Mary Doherty
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