London 2012 Open weekend has been running since 2008 and has been an opportunity for residents of the District to mark an annual countdown to the 2012 Games.
A two-day programme of inspirational performances marked the Open Weekend for the Cultural Olympiad in 2008, showcasing dance in a variety of forms. The free, open air event in Centenary Square brought artists from as far afield as Spain, Cuba and Africa to perform alongside local home-grown talent. One of the world’s elite break-dancing crews, Top 9 from Russia, closed the show with their dynamic routines.
The second Cultural Olympiad weekend in Bradford’s Centenary Square celebrated dance and movement in a variety of forms – from an open-air tea dance to ballet on bicycles. Hundreds of people of all ages stepped onto the dance-floor to join in a mass dance routine in front of Bradford’s Big Screen, choreographed by Yorkshire Dance. Australian aerial theatre company Strange Fruit gave workshops local artists before staging stunning performances on 4.5m high flexible poles both in daylight and illuminated in the evenings.
Dance styles from across the globe were performed in Bradford’s Centenary Square to celebrate the London 2012 ‘Open Weekend’, counting down to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. After taking part in the Bollywood flash mob dance, crowds were thrilled by amazing movement and dance performances from artistes including Dance Bradford, Cirque Bijou, Prodigal Theatre’s Urban Playground team and aerial dance troupe Gravity and Levity. The event was funded by the Legacy Trust, an independent charity set up to create a lasting legacy from London 2012.