London Festival guide accompanies full-line up announcement

Due to the inordinate number of events revealed as part of the London Festival, Olympic organisers have issued a handy guide to help visitors get by.

The 140-page brochure, detailing many aspects of the cultural Olympiad, was timed to coordinate with the announcement of the full-festival programme, reports

Thursday’s announcement (26 April) was by no means a small affair; with the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, claiming that 25,000 artists and 900 event venues will be taking part.

In fact, it appears that practically all available event spaces in London will be dominated by the cultural Olympiad, which takes place between 21 June and 9 September, including cinemas and theatres. reports that 130 world premieres and 86 UK premieres will also take place as part of the celebrations.

Celebrities lending their hands to the cause meanwhile include artist Tracey Emin, actor Stephen Fry, director Mike Leigh and singer Rihanna, who will be performing at a BBC Radio 1 sponsored music event.

Ruth Mackenzie, director, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival, said: “The London 2012 Festival will be the largest cultural celebration in our lifetime.

“With new work from the best musicians, comics, artists, film makers and more, there will be arts events taking place in unusual places all over the UK that will showcase the best in international culture when the eyes of the world are on us this summer.”