Celebrate the City was a four-day long weekend coinciding with the 2012 London Olympics. The brief was to deliver a large-scale event designed to shine a positive spotlight on the contribution made to the whole of London and beyond by the City Corporation. Lacuna worked with a very broad selection of stakeholders against a tight schedule of only eight months from concept to delivery, managing to engage 93 participating Partners and delivering a programme of over 120 events.
One of the main objectives of Celebrate the City was to open up the London and its treasures to those who may not have experienced them before. By ensuring the majority of activities were free, the project attracted a more diverse crowd of families and those on lower incomes, building future audiences for the City.
This sort of event is vital to the City’s profile
Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation
Under the auspices of the City of London in partnership with the Diocese of London the programme launched with a live performance of the 1812 Overture by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This was followed by the Cheapside Fayre, which saw Cheapside pedestrianized for the day and an event that encompassed a wide range of performances and displays as well as the opening of some buildings to the public. The Celebrate the City programme included all exhibitions and cultural offerings in the City, highlighting the extent of the City’s cultural assets. Amongst these was a trail of City churches and some of the Livery Halls opened their doors to the public for the first time.
Lacuna’s Director was brought in as Project Director for Celebrate the City. It was Lacuna’s experience in delivering the first and second London Festival of Architecture twinned with the experience in working with the City of London on Sculpture in the City which led to her being selected for this role.
Working with Stella is both a joy and a challenge. She is fun, passionate, innovative and goes the extra mile to get the job done. Her address book and powers of persuasion are legendary and the work she has done with the church and the city has been exemplary. She is also a challenge. Unfailingly polite, she brings to any piece of work a discipline in style, a passion in creativity and challenge, a desire to achieve and exceed, and working hours that always exceed EU working hour directives! She is someone I am proud to work with.
Martin Sargeant, The Archdeaconry of London