Celebrate Olympic Handover in Hackney

Hackney Handover at the Shoreditch Festival
Sunday 24 August
Starts 1pm
Hoxton Street and Shoreditch Park, New North Road, N1

Celebrate the moment London takes up the Olympic flag at Hackney Handover at the Shoreditch Festival.

Sunday 24 August marks the beginning of London’s journey as the host city for the 2012 Games, and Hackney’s role as the place where the Games will be staged.

Hackney is welcoming the Games with events for everyone to enjoy in Hoxton Street and Shoreditch Park.

From 1pm, there will be a 1948 Street Party on Hoxton Street looking back to the last time the Games came to our capital. As well as plenty of vintage stalls and table displays visitors can enjoy: the Windrush Dancehall with the sounds of Calypso and Mento, Jitterbug and Swing featuring Penny Reel, The Calypsonians, Top Cats and the London Swing Dance Society all presented by Continental Drifts Music; join Lily Farthing for a rousing knees-up; visit the outdoor bar and dance floor as East End Boys and West End Girls do their thing.

In Shoreditch Park watch live dance and entertainment on the main stage, take part in sports and cultural activities throughout the day. You can try out for Hackney’s Fastest in sprint competitions for men, women and children, play garden games, dance with hula-hoop performers Hoop La La, create your own masterpiece with Art Burst and more.

See the Hackney Handover moment from Beijing to London broadcast live on a big screen in the Park at 2.30pm.

What does 2012 mean for you? Find out more at the Hackney ‘host borough’ information zone.

Lift will unveil its special Hackney Handover day art commission – Shoreditch Ball Park. Join in games, visit the Oracle and your stories for 2012 (visit for more information).

As a fitting finale to day and to the Shoreditch Festival, BBC Big Band arrives for the Ugly Bugs Ball - a new youth musical on the main stage, swing on by at 6pm and dance until sunset.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “This summer marks the 2012 Games truly becoming London’s as the Beijing Games close and our capital becomes the next host city. Hackney is at the heart of where the Games will happen in just four years and we are making the most of this by working hard to secure the best possible benefits for all Hackney residents.

“Hackney Council is inviting all of our residents to celebrate London becoming the official host for the 2012 Games at Hackney Handover at the Shoreditch Festival. I hope you can join us in this host borough’s welcome to 2012 – our Games.”