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Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 6:20 PM
Subject: Summer 2012 in Haringey

Dear councillors,  


As the London 2012 Olympics draw near, I wanted to provide an overview of activities planned in Haringey this summer, together with information about how frontline services will support regional partners in ensuring the smooth running of the city over the Olympic period.


Please do promote these events to your residents and the community groups in your ward.


I hope that you find this useful


Best wishes


Alan Strickland




London 2012 Torch Relay, 25 July, 5:20pm - 6:50pm


Haringey is the final borough on day 68 of the Olympic Flame’s 70 day journey through the UK. Services have been preparing for the large crowds anticipated to come and line the route as the torch makes its historic journey from Tottenham to Alexandra Palace. For details about the route and times, please see the website at www.haringey.gov.uk/Olympics.


Designated spaces for wheelchair users can be reserved by contacting Tanya on 020 8882 5199, Tanya.kennyparker@haringey.gov.uk


·         Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration at Alexandra Palace, 25 July, 5pm – 7.30pm. The Council is working with games organisers LOCOG, to host an early evening celebration ahead of the Olympic Flame arriving. This will take place in the ice rink car park in the grounds of Alexandra Palace from 5pm.  Access to the event is by ticket only. Approximately 4,000 tickets were made available to the public on a first come first served basis on 26 May, and all of the tickets were snapped up within hours. The entertainment will be provided by Haringey Young Musicians, and the London 2012 presenting partners – Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – including singer Loick Essien, acrobatics and dance performances. The event will culminate in the arrival of the Olympic Flame just before 7pm


·         Torch Relay Free Sport & Music Festival, 25 July, 1pm – 6pm. A fantastic free festival from 1pm offering a huge range of free sport, music and arts activities for all the family and culminating in the opportunity to watch the torch as it passes along Bruce Grove and Lordship Lane.  The event will feature a wide range of sports, including a blow-up athletics track and Panna theatre, as well as drum workshops, circus arts and music performances. As part of the celebrations we will be hosting a “Walk a Mile” to promote global tolerance as part of the 2012 Hours Against Hate campaign. 

Bruce Castle Park, www.haringey.gov.uk/Olympics



Cultural Olympiad


Look out for the Haringey Summer 2012 Guide, (available online at www.haringey.gov.uk/olympics) for a flavour of the full range of activities that local providers have on offer this summer, from festivals in parks to programmes at larger venues like Jacksons Lane, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Alexandra Palace.  Highlights of the cultural offer supported by the Council this summer include:


·         Ooooh Art: Haringey’s Olympic Art Collection, 25 July- 23 September

Showcasing the works of 11 Haringey artists, the collection reflects the sporting disciplines and values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games across a range of media. Artists created one work alone and one with local school children.

Bruce Castle Museum, www.haringey.gov.uk/ooooohart


·         PARK ART- in Haringey, 25 July – 23 Sept

A borough-wide exhibition bringing innovative, bold public art to Haringey at three local parks. The exhibition features both commissioned and loaned contemporary sculpture. Funded by the Arts Council.

Bruce Castle Museum, Hornsey Library, Sculpture Garden & Finsbury Park 2



·         Carrying the Torch for Haringey, now – 9 Sept - A celebration of 100 years of excellence, achievement and ambition charting the past, present and future of Haringey’s sporting heritage.

Bruce Castle Museum, http://www.haringey.gov.uk/brucecastlemuseum


·         PARAde, 26 August: A fun-packed day celebrating disability sports and arts, this event will feature live street acts and a market-style event offering activity tasters from arts and sports organisations that work with disabled people. The event will also feature performances from local disability arts groups and attendance by athletes.

Tottenham Green Leisure Centre and Car Park            



·         Music Festival, Sept

Look out for Haringey’s first music festival, which will take places at venues along the Tottenham High Road in early September to celebrate the thriving local music industry. The festival will feature performances from established and emerging bands which originate from or have recorded in Haringey.

Venues along Tottenham High Road

Look out for updates at www.haringey.gov.uk/Olympics


·         Olympics Project Tottenham, Film Festival, Sept. The Film Festival will showcasing the thriving local film industry and will show films made in Haringey, featuring Haringey or stored in Haringey archives. The festival includes opportunities for community groups to curate a film programme in a local venue.

Venues along Tottenham High Road

Look out for updates at www.haringey.gov.uk/Olympics


The borough’s leisure centres and libraries will also be bustling this summer with a range of activities on offer in addition to the normal facilities. To find out more go to www.haringey.gov.uk/leisurecentres and haringey.gov.uk/libraries


Summer Fun 2012


The Council is working with partners to put on a packed programme of activities for young people, children and families this summer– from football lessons to film workshops and DJ-ing to summer camps.


Summer Fun booklets publicising this programme have been distributed through schools and at public service centres, and the programme can be seen online at www.youthspace.haringey.gov.uk or www.haringey.gov.uk/whatsonsearch



Borough Olympic Control Centre


Across the council services have made preparations and plans to enable services to be delivered as usual over the Olympic period.


From  24 July to 12 August the Council will be operating a twenty four hour Borough Olympic Control Centre  (BOCC). The purpose of the BOCC is to ensure that any issues that could affect the Olympics (in operational or reputation terms) are identified and shared with regional and national government.  To support this managers from Single Frontline will be acting as BOCC silver officers, overseeing the production of daily situation reports, and deploying resources or escalating issues as appropriate.


While services will continue to be delivered as normal, please be aware that because they will be staffing the BOCC senior managers may be less accessible than at other times.  From 12 August, situation reporting will continue and the BOCC will operate virtually as a single point of contact until the end of the Olympic period. 

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