By Marcus Leach

Three iconic open-air locations in the heart of the capital — Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square — will be transformed next year to offer hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors to the city the chance to join in the excitement of the biggest sporting event on the planet — the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

As part of London's commitment to ensure as many people as possible have a chance to be involved in the celebrations surrounding the Games, the Mayor of London, The Royal Parks, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and international event promoters Live Nation have teamed up to create LONDON LIVE, which will enable people to watch outdoor screenings of the 2012 sporting action and enjoy top flight entertainment for free.

As well as giant state of the art screens for crowds to watch live action from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, each location will provide a stunning backdrop for a variety of entertainment and attractions for people of all ages, including live music, outdoor arts and performance, plus opportunities to try out different sports.

In addition, Live Nation will stage two very special Celebration Concerts in Hyde Park to coincide with two key milestones of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony on July 27 and the Closing Ceremony on August 12. Ticket prices and headline acts for these two concerts, along with details about the rest of the London Live programme, will be announced in early 2012.

London Live is part of a wide-ranging series of free public events and cultural activities being planned, which will take place across the capital during the 2012 Games.

“With the eyes of the world on London for the 2012 Games, we are creating a jam-packed programme of exciting events that will show the city at its very best and ensure as many people as possible across the capital feel a part of the celebrations," the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said.

"With its unbeatable locations London Live will be a thrilling highlight in a summer of highlights, allowing even more people to watch awe inspiring sporting heroes in high definition action for free, and other fantastic attractions for Londoners and visitors alike.”

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