The Paralympics Start This Week

The Paralympics start this week, Wednesday the 29th of August and will last until the 9th of September. There will be 4,280 athletes from 166 countries competing in 20 sports in 19 venues. To coincide with the Paralympics and to celebrate this being the first time the Paralympics are hosted in London, there will be a number of events taking place across the capital.

Liberty Festival

The disability arts festival called Liberty is hosting free music, dance and entertainment at venues across London. There will be three days of live music, dance and comedy from the 1st of September to the 3rd of September inclusive. The top deaf and disabled performers will be taking part in this event. There will also be a showcase of some of the best performances over the past 10 years, which also marks the tenth anniversary of the festival.


This summer there is also the Unlimited Festival taking place at the Southbank Centre which celebrates disability, culture, sport and art. There will be 29 unlimited commissions at the Southbank Centre from the 30th of August until the 9th of September. Funded by the National Lottery, it is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project. One of the fist performances is on Thursday. It is free to enter but you will need to book online or phone the Southbank Centre to reserve your ticket.

Torch Relay

The Paralympic torch relay began on Snowdon on the 22nd of August where the National Flames were created. Last Friday, the Flame was used to light the cauldron in Trafalgar Square and on Tuesday it was taken to Stoke Mandeville, which is the home of the Paralympic movement. It was then combined to create the Paralympic Flame. For those in London, on the 29th, the Torch Relay will pass through many parts of the city. Make sure you are there if you want to see the torch. It will be at Piccadilly Circus at 10:49am and then Tower Bridge at 1:12pm.


There are still tickets available to go and see the events. Check out the London 2012 website to see what is available. The Paralympic men’s and women’s marathon events are free to watch, taking places throughout the London streets. You can also watch the events live in Hyde Park and Victoria Park. Be sociable, leave your London apartment and meet up with friends and family to watch the Games. There is also a big screen in Trafalgar Square where you can catch all the action.

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