The public will get a glimpse of what a London Olympics might be like at a festival in Trafalgar Square this weekend.

Alongside the giant screen showing the events from Athens, the Fast Forward festival will showcase the sort of arts and culture which would feature in London’s cultural programme.

London 2012 has commissioned some work relating to the city’s potential as a host city for the Olympics Games and Paralympic Games.

Jude Kelly, the bid’s Chair of Arts, Culture and Education, said: ‘London is acknowledged as the cultural capital of the world and young artists are at the centre of London’s creativity.

‘The bid to bring the Games to London celebrates London life and culture, and invites the world to share in that celebration. Fast Forward makes a leap for culture in 2012!’

The Fast Forward line-up gives a taste of the type of wide-ranging arts event which would feature as all the peoples of the world joined together for the celebration of sport and culture that would be London 2012.

Among the acts is Estelle, whose single The 18th Day is currently in the charts, as well as performers from the worlds of dance, film and live poetry.

Several of the works on show have taken inspiration from the Olympics, including:

  • One World: Five Rings – a new aerial performance created on the iconic images of the Olympic rings, choreographed by Vicki Amedume
  • Basketball Dreams – from Reality Bytes, fusing basketball and dance
  • Faster Further Higher – an innovative digital arts and media film by Lee McKarkiel (Hi8us) and Greg Villalobos (House of Wolves).
  • The event, from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, comes just weeks after Londoners were given a small taste of what could be happening in eight years’ time – at the Opening Ceremony of London 2012, on 27th July 2012.

    London 2012 Chairman Seb Coe said: ‘London is the most vibrant, exciting and culturally diverse city in the world.

    ‘We are capable of putting on superb events in the capital and in eight years’ time we could be getting ready to celebrate the greatest event in the world right here in London.

    ‘Today is a great opportunity to register support for London’s bid, so I urge everyone to back the London 2012 Games.’

    For further information please contact Lisa Andrews at the London 2012 Press Office on 0207 093 5100.