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Big Dance volunteers honoured

Big Dance volunteers honoured

12 December 2012

Hundreds of volunteers are honoured through The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.

Hundreds of people who volunteered their services for Big Dance in 2012, one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival, have been honoured through The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 awards selected by Her Majesty The Queen were announced at a Cabinet Office event attended by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Chair of the Award Martyn Lewis CBE and Palace officials. A formal event will be held at Buckingham Palace in spring 2013.

Big Dance 2012 held over 3,500 events across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales between 18 May and 6 September 2012, with an estimated reach in excess of four million people. It included television programmes, performances and events in the streets and public spaces, in theatres and schools, and right into the heart of communities across the UK.

Some of the UK’s leading choreographers and dance artists created work for Big Dance, including Wayne McGregor CBE, who created an Olympic-inspired dance routine aimed at schools and performed by thousands of children and young people around the world on 18 May.

Volunteers were essential in making Big Dance 2012 happen – helping to run events, organising publicity, providing transport, making costumes, and all of the other things needed to make large-scale community events successful. The volunteering project was enabled through Team London, the Mayor of London's action plan for volunteering.

“We’ve seen people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to volunteer. The response has been overwhelming and it’s been delightful to see how the enthusiasm and interests have been put to such positive use. They have developed their skills as event managers, marketers, administrators and generally superb ambassadors for dance and community celebrations.”

Arlene Phillips OBE, Big Dance Champion


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Notes to editors:

Big Dance was London's Legacy Trust UK programme delivered by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England. A national programme was delivered by the Foundation for Community Dance. Big Dance was funded by the Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Foundation for Sport and the Arts, Team London, the Foundation for Community Dance and the Greater London Authority.

Activities were organised by 21 Big Dance Hubs: City Moves (North East Scotland), Dance City (North East England), Dance South West (South West England), Dance4 (East Midlands), Dancebase (Edinburgh, East/West Lothians), DanceEast (East of England), Dance House (Glagow/Greater Glasgow), DanceXchange (West Midlands), Dundee Dance Partnership (Dundee area), Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre (Northern Ireland), East London Dance (East London), Eden Court Theatre (Inverness and the Highlands), English National Ballet (West London), Greenwich Dance (South East London), Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling area), Merseyside Dance Initiative (North West England), Sadler's Wells (North London), Siobhan Davies Dance (South London), South East Dance (South East England), Yorkshire Dance (Yorkshire) and Wales Millennium Centre/Dance Cymru (Wales).

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from London 2012 in communities across the UK. The Trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m), and was a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, see www.legacytrustuk.org

Team London is the Mayor’s ambitious programme to mobilise an army of volunteers across the capital to improve life in London through programmes that will reduce crime, increase opportunities for youth and improve quality of life by cleaning and greening London and building stronger neighbourhoods. Building on the success of volunteering programmes such as the Team London Ambassadors and Games Makers, the Mayor is committed to delivering a volunteering legacy from the Olympic Games by providing exciting and impactful volunteering opportunities including those that enhance visitors’ experience of London as well as supporting major sporting events.

As part of his commitment to a lasting legacy for London following the 2012 Games, the Mayor of London aimed to support increased access to and participation in sport and cultural activities across the capital. 'Cultural Metropolis' set outs the Mayor's strategy for supporting arts and culture in the capital and is out for public consultation. 'A Sporting Future for London', published last year, sets out the Mayor's vision to create a fitter, healthier, more active London, backed up by a £15.5 million investment in grass‐roots sport. See www.london.gov.uk/culture

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad was the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad was the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in a UK‐wide festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation and leave a lasting legacy for the arts in this country.

Foundation for Community Dance (FCD) is the strategic development organisation for community dance in the UK and internationally, and led the delivery of the Big Dance National Programme. FCD believes that dance can transform the lives of individuals and communities and works with and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers who lead or deliver community and participatory dance. See www.communitydance.org.uk


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