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Watch the Olympics on a giant outdoor screen - but look out for dinosaurs
Giant dinosaurs will once again roam the earth – but this time it will be alongside an enormous TV screening Olympic coverage for all of Lewisham to see.
The Lewisham Big Screen festival is combining spectacular outdoor theatre, sports workshops, poetry and live music performances with a super-sized television showing all BBC coverage of the Games.
Over 17 magnificent days, a jam-packed – and predominantly free - programme of family-friendly entertainment will be hosted on Blackheath Common.
It all kicks off with the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday July 27 and concludes with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday August 12.
Lesley Jones, principal events officer for Lewisham Council, told Vibe: “They will be great live music, spoken word, poetry, dance, experimental pieces and children’s craft workshops – there really is something for everyone.
“I came on board four weeks ago but my colleagues have been working on this for months.
“It’s really exciting.
“I’m from Honor Oak Park and this is the first time I’ve worked for the council in my borough.
“I’m really looking forward to everything.”
Lesley hopes tens of thousands of people will come together and enjoy the festival as a community.
She added: “It’s really a great opportunity for Lewisham to enjoy something different.
“There’s so much going on.
“On Saturday August 11 from 11am to 7pm we’ve got a presentation of amazing outdoor theatre called Showtime.
“There will be several acts across the day.
“Saurus is definitely going to be one of the highlights.
“The biggest beasts that ever roamed the earth will roam the festival looking for food.
“They are giant, spectacular interactive puppets.
“I haven’t seen them in real life yet, only video, so I’m really excited about that.”
People will be able to bring blankets and picnics and settle down in front of the big screen from 8.30am every morning till around 11pm each night to watch the Games.
And if they are feeling active, there will be a huge variety of sports to get involved with.
Lesley continued: “Sports activities will be running throughout the entire 17 days.
“We are offering something for people of all ages and physical abilities.
“On July 28 there will be a chance to learn Nordic walking (with ski poles) which burns off a huge amount more calories than regular walking.
"We have several local football teams playing, including a side of visually impaired players who play with augmented footballs.
“We’ll take members of the public and obscure their vision to show people what it’s like for them.”
A stunning, decorated Spiegeltent will be the centrepiece for live music and entertainment alongside the big screen.
Sing Out! on July 29 will see more than 500 members of local choirs join BBC Singers in a celebration of pop, opera, rock and madrigals.
And on August 10 Speakeasy will feature original, and very funny, performances from poets including John Hegley.
Access to Blackheath Common to watch the screen will be free, as will the majority of performances and workshops.
Only a handful of events will be ticketed.
Lesley warned visitors: “Come and enjoy, spend the day with us, but please don’t bring your car.
“There will be plenty of buses still running and extra trains being put on.”
Visit lewisham.gov.uk for the full programme.
Call 0208 314 7321 for general enquiries and 0208 314 6288 for questions about sports activities.