London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Local Leaders and Olympic Torch Relay

Various announcements relating to next year’s Olympics have been made, including:

1. Ruth Mackenzie, director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, announced her plans for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad and launched the website

2. The 1,018 villages, towns and cities through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay have been announced. Over 95 per cent of the population will be within ten miles of the Olympic Flame. An interactive map is available at

3. LOCOG has launched Local Leaders, a public participation programme.  People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leaders programme at to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening.