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Protestors take to the stage at Roundhouse over BP’s Olympic sponsorship

Last night (27th June 2012), to mark one month before the Olympics opening ceremony, a group of merry players known as the “Reclaim Shakespeare Company” took unexpectedly to the stage at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden. Five minutes before a BP-sponsored Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performance of The Comedy of Errors was due to begin, the actors performed a short Shakespeare-inspired piece. They challenged the RSC and the London Olympics over their decision to accept sponsorship from BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster [2] and the company’s decision to start extracting highly polluting and destructive tar sands oil in Canada [3].

The surprise performance coincided with a theatre outing for BP employees, which meant that a significant portion of the audience was made up of BP staff, making the pop-up protest especially embarrassing for the RSC.

This was the third such intervention by the Reclaim Shakespeare Company, the first two having taken place on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in Stratford-upon-Avon.[4] It came a week after Mark Rylance, one of the UK’s leading actors, who is performing in the Olympic opening ceremony, expressed his concerns about BP’s sponsorship of the Olympics and the Cultural Olympiad (of which the World Shakespeare Festival is part) on Radio 4’s Today Programme.[5]

Read the full article here on the BP-or-not-BP.org website

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Don’t Buy It, by Regime

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f-ing the future: go BP-free in 2012

PRESS RELEASE

BP’s biggest Olympic advert splattered with oil as protests intensify

5th July – For Immediate Release

With the Olympics now only three weeks away, protests against Olympic sponsor BP are escalating. Today dozens of BP logos across London were sabotaged, including the UK’s most prestigious billboard site at Cromwell Road. [1] Around the capital, protesters hit petrol stations, BP-sponsored cultural institutions[2] and advertising hoardings, protesting against one of the world’s most environmentally destructive companies being a major sponsor of the London Olympics. Signs were splattered with oil and BP’s tagline ‘Fuelling the Future’ was subvertised with the URL ‘f-ingthefuture.org.uk’.

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Playfair’s Alternative Opening Ceremony Party – join us for a night of comedy, music, debate and poetry

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As the London 2012 Olympics kick off on 27 July join us at the Alternative Opening Ceremony Party.

Featuring comedy from Isy Suttie and Paul Sinha, DJ set by Melstars:Music, plus music from Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band, a debate with David Goldblatt, Anna Minton and Alan Tomlinson on the meaning of the Olympics, juggling by Rod Laver…and much more….

Where: Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, E1
When: 27 July, show starts at 19.00, doors open at 18.00
Tickets: £10 from http://www.philosophyfootball.com (go to events) or by calling 01273 472721, students £5 (pre-booked by calling 01273 472721)

Cafe and bar for food and drink

This event is sponsored/supported by the Playfair 2012 campaign, TUC, Labour Behind the Label, Anti-Slavery International, NUS, War on Want, Amnesty International and Compass, and organised by Philosophy Football.
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The Alternative Opening Ceremony Party is proudly unofficial, not anti-Olympics, instead a celebration of a better Games for all!

Playfair Opening Ceremony

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How did ATOS – Licensed to Kill Disabled People – become an Olympics sponsor?

One might be forgiven for wondering just why and how ATOS (‘Licensed to Kill Disabled People’ by the Condems) are one of the most prominent of Olympic sponsors. How can such an odious corporation be given worldwide publicity and credibility?

In exchange for lucrative payments from the government ATOS happily continue to hound and harass disabled people into even further poverty and to drive many to suicide.

Over 1 million disabled people, many too ill to work face losing their benefits or have already lost them. If you become ill or disabled in the future this could happen to you, even if you’ve worked and paid National Insurance contributions most of your life.

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Olympics Brand Exclusion Zone

advertising restriction zone around Olympic Park

In graphic design, an ‘exclusion zone’ is an area around a logo which must be left clear. Corporate brand and logo usage guidelines demonstrate the proportion of vertical and horizontal space around a logo into which no other element can intrude.

In urban design, exclusion zones are becoming commonplace in relation to sponsorship of sporting events. The Brand Exclusion Zone is the newest form of urban demarcation, and can be used not only to affect signage and advertising, but also restrict personal freedom of choice. Within this context, the London 2012 Olympics represents one of the most radical restructuring of the rights of the city in London. The ‘canvas’ of London will belong exclusively to the Olympic marquee brands.

In essence, London has abdicated all rights and responsibilities to the International Olympic Committee, and implemented legislation which creates radical new spatial demarcations not only within the Olympic Park, but because of the distributed nature of the Olympic venues, across the whole of central London. London has surrendered the traditional rights to the city to the demands of the Olympic ‘family’ and their corporate paymasters. What the IOC want, London will give. London will be on brand lockdown.

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Whose Games? Whose City?

NO LIMOS! NO LOGOS! NO LAUNCHERS!


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

@counterOlympics twitter action

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  • RT @StateOfSwimming: @JensWeinreich Athletes commissions chosen by the machine simply end up doing the machine’s bidding. .... if any athle… 7 hours ago
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