I have fond memories of this time last year, when the Paralympics turned a sunshine-soaked London into a sweeter, lovelier, more accepting place. The buzz around the Olympic Park was amazing; there was a sense that extraordinary things were happening every day. Which is exactly right. Feats of skill, strength and sheer willpower turned an afterthought of an event into something very special, and many of the athletes into heroes and household names.
This weekend, we get the chance to remember and celebrate all over again, as National Paralympic Day rolls around. Our friends at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (I talked about them back in June here) are hosting the celebrations and Pier32 is proud to be part of the mix.
We've supplied t-shirts to the Post Olympic Dance Group, who are performing as part of the Mayor Of London's Liberty Festival. This is a full day of events at the Olympic Park, which includes appearances from all your favourite Paralympic stars at the Copperbox, and a wide range of performances and shows. The programme includes a second chance to see The Limbless Knight: A Tale Of Rights Reunited, the hit of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. This show, featuring aerial and sway-pole performance from Graeae, was directed by Jenny Sealey, who co-directed the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
It's going to be a packed day, with street theatre, dance, live music, film, installations and children’s activities, along with a special appearance from Andrea Begley, the winner of BBC's The Voice.
The event is completely free, and sounds like a blast. If you needed an excuse to check out the Olympic Park again, here it is.
National Paralympic Day celebrations as part of the Mayor Of London's LIberty Festival are this Saturday, September 7th at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. For more details, check out the website.
National Paralympic Day
The Post Olympic Dance Group will be on stage at 17:40 on the Music Stage. Why not pop along and show your support?
The Post Olympic Dance Group are wearing Gildan heavy cotton tees. Check them out at the Pier32 Gildan page: http://www.pier32.co.uk/product/gd005-heavy-cotton-tee/