Mayor of London announces arts events for summer 2012

Natalie Woolman

Monty Python star Terry Jones is to team up with composer Anne Dudley to create a new opera inspired by The Owl and the Pussycat this summer.

The production will be staged on London’s canals as a “floating opera” by the Royal Opera House, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced.

Johnson also announced that English National Ballet is to create a site-specific event that uses film and live performance to evoke “the nostalgia of three of London’s much-loved lidos” and the creation of Showtime, London’s biggest outdoor arts festival to date. For Showtime, 25 companies will tour local high streets and parks and there will be free cultural events in every borough.

“Cultural trails” have been created to help people navigate between arts activities and encourage them to explore new parts of the capital.

Ruth Mackenzie, director of the London 2012 Festival said: “London and the UK’s creative industries are world beating and the London 2012 Festival will show them off to the world. With millions of free tickets and opportunities to take part, Londoners and tourists will truly have a summer like no other, thanks to the partnership between the mayor’s office and London 2012 Festival.”

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