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Celebration of Olympic legacy
A DORCHESTER charity is celebrating the legacy of the 2012 Olympics a year on from the games.
Activate Performing Arts claims long-term benefits have been brought to the sector across Dorset.
The charity was invited to showcase some of its outdoor performances at part of The Maritime Mix, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.
Activate estimates that 75,000 people witnessed the cultural celebrations that included Harmonic Fields, a collection of 500 musical instruments played by the wind on cliffs at Bowers Quarry.
Executive director Kate Wood says one year on that interest has translated into an increase in the number of artists wanting to work in Dorset as well as more communities wanting to display similar style events in their counties.
She said: “2012 was a phenomenal year for Activate and was helped tremendously by the Olympic celebrations.
“We were extremely proud to showcase some of the world’s best outdoor artists and Harmonic Fields in particular, was highlighted as an event that left lasting memories in people’s minds.”
Activate’s biennial festival, Inside Out Dorset, coincided with the Paralympics and its closing ceremony.
Kate added: “Inside Out Dorset is always hugely popular but we found that, with the help of the Olympic celebration, performing arts reached audiences that may not have previously experienced the theatre or an art gallery and would never have thought they would enjoy a sound installation.”
Throughout the year Activate has engaged with over 300 people through performing arts workshops.
The charity has seen audiences of over 18,000 at its events and continues successful partnerships with Winton Boys School in Bournemouth and Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne.
For more information about the work of Activate visit activateperformingarts.org.uk
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