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The London 2012 Inspire Programme is driven by the Olympic Values, excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic Values, courage, determination, equality and inspiration. Never have these values seemed more relevant than in such changing times, especially for young people’s hopes, ambitions and challenges.
For almost four years the London 2012 Inspire Programme has been offering people from all across the UK, a chance to participate in an Inspire project themed around sport, culture, education, sustainability, volunteering or business. Over 15 million registered participants have taken part in over 2,000 projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Lecturers, students and alumni from the Costume course have been involved in a number of projects relating to the Cultural Olympiad, below Adele Keeley has highlighted just a few of the ways in which they have ensured their participation:
‘Plastics for Gold’, an exhibition in the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at the Arts University Bournemouth from the 24th May – 10th November 2012, has been awarded the Inspire Mark because it shares certain values of the Cultural Olympiad.
It celebrates diversity and internationality through the global character of design; it helps MoDiP engage in greater depth with young audiences, and it will generate a positive legacy. It also shares some of the themes of the Cultural Olympiad by bringing together culture and sport; challenging events that will encourage participation in the exhibition; and exploring sustainable use of materials within the design for the sports industry.
In the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was promised that London 2012 would be “Everyone’s Games”, no matter where they are from or what they believe in; they will speak out particularly to young people and create opportunities to give everyone across the UK, both young and old, the chance to get involved.
Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has been getting involved in the Cultural Olympiad through a number of initiatives involving a cross-selection of our students through the Regional Educational Legacy for Arts and Youth Sport (RELAYS) project. RELAYS is an innovative and ambitious project delivered through universities and cultural organisations in the south west of England. It aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012. The project is funded by the Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.