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Take A Cultural Challenge
Wednesday 21st April, 2010

WIGAN'S Cultural Partnership is supporting the Olympic Open Weekend 2010, which will take place in the town from July 23 to the 25, as part of the countdown to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

The weekend will feature hundreds of sporting, arts and culture events right across the UK.

This year, the London 2012 committee has asked Wigan organisations to create a challenge - to try something new or take an existing skill to a new level.

Partnership Chair Mark Ashley said: "We are asking organisations in Wigan Borough to consider what activities they already offer to members of the public that can be expanded to invite a new audience over the Open Weekend, on Friday 23 , Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 July, to create a ‘Challenge’ for those taking part – it could be rugby players taking part in a ballet class, or an OAP football match, or anything else Wiganers could think of to raise the profile of London 2012, and get people active and participating over the weekend."

All open weekend activities will be publicised at the Cultural Partnership Convention on Saturday 10 July 2010 – an event to celebrate all sporting, arts and cultural activities in the Wigan Borough with more than 100 attendees, and will appear on the London 2012 official website, a unique opportunity to upload pictures and give details of your event.

This initiative is part of Wigan’s Cultural Olympiad programme, called ‘What’s Your Game’, which endeavors to engage people in cultural and leisure pursuits in the lead up to the 2012 games.

If you would like to apply for funding up to £250 to support this activity, please e-mail the Cultural Partnership's Lead Officer - Lisa Beckett on l.beckett@wlct.org , tel. 01942 828 523 or write to: Lisa Beckett, Cultural Partnership, WLCT HQ, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UL, by Friday 30 April 2010.

Mr Ashley added: "Please join us for what is beginning to look like a great summer in Wigan and get involved."

More information about the Cultural Partnership at www.wlct.org/Culture/cultpart/cultpart.htm.

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