Medway takes part in in London 2012 Open Weekend

Picture of the book flag bunting on LV21Medway joined towns and cities across the country to mark the one year countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A number of events and activities were staged locally as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend, from 22-24 July.

The 'flagship' activity was aboard the landmark LV21 vessel on the River Medway. It hosted a participatory public art project, with people invited to join in flag making and become the artist for a day.

Visitors to the boat on Gillingham Pier created and planted 'book flags' and bunting onboard the 40m light ship as part of the unique national and international temporary public artwork.

The aim for Dysarticulate 2 was to engage artists and audiences, creating and planting paper flags recycled from book pages. It was one of a series of public 'emplacement' events where the scale of their showing in the landscape continued the dialogue and conversations reflecting issues around disability, our fragility and the nature of public art.

Free sporting activities were also laid on at local clubs and leisure centres to encourage the public to try something new.

The offer included free access to sessions at Medway Park and special activities organised by the Medway Judo Development Group, Chum Kune Martial Arts Academy, Walderslade Judo Club, Medway Badminton Association, Medway Touch, the Right Step Dance Academy and UK Bushido.

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: "For our fourth year, Open Weekend focused on celebrating the 'one year to go' countdown to the London 2012 Games and helping communities across the country experience the best of British sporting, artistic and cultural talents up close."

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