Festival Children's Parade

A thousand young people from across London come together in the City’s streets to present vibrant art, sculpture, puppetry, dance and music inspired by our 2012 theme of flowers. The culmination of a Festival Education project forms a centrepiece for the Procession: Flowers of the World.

Supported by The City Bridge Trust

Four Corners

New contemporary dance explored the City as an exciting open air stage,Four Corners celebrating the four corners of the world with four choreographers working with four major dance schools in four open-air City locations.  Featuring 60 dancers selected from Laban, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School and Northern Contemporary Dance School, this was a large-scale, Festival dance project to showcase some of the finest emerging dance talent in the UK.  Performances took place on Millennium Bridge, Festival Gardens, Paternoster Square and St Paul's Cathedral West Steps.


Stories from the Square Mile

This storytelling and archive project saw young people Stories from the Square Mileworking with older adults of the City of London to document lives lived in and around the City, including their experiences of the City of London Festival over its 50 year history.  The project provided a creative and meaningful setting for shared learning between young people and older adults, whilst uncovering some of the City’s social history.  Resulting in an open-air exhibition Stories from the Square Mile illuminated and explored some of the lesser known communities who live and work in the City of London.

Supported by the City Bridge Trust

Level Playing Field

As part of a two day symposium, Level Playing Field is a Level Playing Fieldlonger term Festival Education project that aims to grow creative opportunities for integrated music collaborations through composition and performance, for disabled musicians to work alongside their non-disabled peers and to develop instrument training pathways and audiences for this work. Workshops, lectures and concerts took place in the Guildhall Yard and Guildhall, led by Drake Music and workshops supported by students from the Music Therapy department from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust


Golden Honey Feast

The City was buzzing on the final day of the Festival! The Golden Honey FeastFestival’s City Bees project of 2010 saw eight hives installed on buildings across the City with the support of the Company of Wax Chandlers, an ancient livery company that was originally based on the beeswax trade.  For the final day of the Festival 2012 there was a public feast with its beekeeping partners. Guests slathered bread with the honey from the City hives along with several delicious international honeys, and a variety of bee and honey inspired music, poetry and participative activities including candle rolling.


Golden Keys to the CityGolden Keys to the City

Four groups of primary school children presented concerts with an inter-continental theme to tour around the Festival’s 50 Golden Street Pianos, presented especially for parents, families, City workers, residents and visitors.  Working with music animateurs in-school during the spring term, the programme explored folk, gospel and popular songs from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia, along with some London favourites.

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