The All The Bells project is encouraging thousands of people across the UK to ring a bell to celebrate the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On 27th July 2012 at 8.12am, Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed, will be performed by thousands of people across the UK for the London 2012 Festival.
Anyone can take part by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes, from experienced change ringing experts of tower bells to enthusiastic children with hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells. Individuals, communities and organisations can register their interest in taking part on the day or register their own bell ringing event for others to join. So why not get together with your neighbours, friends and family and be a part of history! The sound of thousands of bells across the country ringing out at the same time to mark this historical moment will be something to remember for years to come.
The event will be broadcast by the BBC to a potential live audience of over 10 million people across the UK on TV, radio and online, by BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC local radio stations. This unique London 2012 Festival commission is their largest community project, offering everyone in the UK the amazing opportunity to be part of London 2012’s history and a work by a Turner Prize-winning artist. Musician Martin Creed says: ‘It’s by people and for people. On the morning of the opening of the Games it’s a massive signal that something is happening.’
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, said: ‘The commission shows the Festival’s commitment to world-class artists and to the values of participation. Martin Creed’s wonderful idea gets everyone involved in the opening day of the Games not just as an audience but as an integral part of the work.’