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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today visited the Rhondda Valley and was given a sneak preview of one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival in Wales which kicks off a week today. On the visit, he hailed the lasting impact the Olympics will leave for Wales in bringing new cultural and sporting talent to the fore.
The Deputy Prime Minister dropped in on rehearsals of Mzansi Cymru – a major arts project spearheaded by community regeneration charity Valleys Kids – that will culminate in a large-scale spectacular performance “Torchbearers” at the Wales Millennium Centre next month. The performance is one of the key events in the calendar for the Wales arm of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week celebration which starts on June 21 marking the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.
Mzansi Cymru links disadvantaged people and communities of the South Wales Valleys and Townships in Cape Town, to uncover untapped potential in both communities and celebrate cultural traditions. The Deputy Prime Minister met with young people who showed off their music, dance and drama skills in the performance during their rehearsal at the Soar Centre, Penygraig.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“The arrival of the Olympics in the UK is about so much more than sport – it’s also about celebrating our culture and bringing talent across the country to the fore. The London 2012 Festival will showcase the incredible diversity of culture in the UK, and leave a lasting impact by bringing out previously untapped potential.
“Mzansi Cymru is a fantastic project and illustrates the very best of the cultural side of the Olympics, celebrates the Valleys’ cultural heritage, and gives opportunities to young people who need to be given a chance. It was a huge pleasure to meet the inspiring young people taking part in the project.”
In Wales, the London 2012 Festival will feature 19 different events taking place in 12 towns and villages across the country. It is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, which is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements. Spread over four years, the Cultural Olympiad is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
Denise Lord, Project Coordinator at Valleys Kids, said:
“We were delighted that the Deputy Prime Minister could come to the Mzansi Cymru rehearsal and meet with some of the young people from the South Wales Valleys who are taking part. It’s fantastic that he’s showing his support for the project, into which an enormous amount of work is going and which will give so many young people from here the chance to shine.”
Notes to editors
1. The London 2012 Festival takes place from 21 June to 9 September. For more information on the London 2012 Festival please visit the website or contact Paul Woodmansey on 020 3201 2461.
2. For more information on Mzansi Cymru and Valleys Kids please visit http://valleykids.org or contact Denise Lord on 01443 420870.
4. For media enquiries on the Deputy Prime Minister’s visit to Wales, please contact Katherine Pateman on 07584 886 342 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter Graham on 020 7276 2546.
5. Visit the Deputy Prime Minister’s website