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BP is committed to leaving a lasting legacy from the Games for years to come.

As a London 2012 partner, we are helping over 5,000 Games vehicles run smoothly with our advanced fuels, biofuels and engine oils. By offsetting the carbon footprint of Team GB, Team USA and millions of spectator journeys through BP Target Neutral, we’re helping ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games set new standards in sustainability.

We are supporting a diversity of outstanding individual athletes as they prepare to compete, while sharing the London 2012 experience with millions of  people through our forecourts. Meanwhile, our partnership with the Cultural Olympiad is bringing arts and culture to millions. And the Young Leaders Programme will transform the futures of 100 disadvantaged young adults.

Fuelling the Games

Image of Lizzie Armitstead, track and road cyclist

London 2012 is an opportunity to show what can be possible in the world of lower-carbon mobility. During the Games, a fleet of more than 5,000 official vehicles will be in operation, moving the athletes and officials as well as food and supplies to and from the Olympic Village, the Olympic Park and other venues across London and beyond.

As the Official Oil and Gas Partner, BP is providing the fuels and engine oils for these vehicles. We’re committed to making sure that fuelling the Games does not mean adding to its carbon footprint. To achieve this we’ll use a mix of lower-carbon technologies that everyone can use today or in the near future. More.

Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

If you live in the UK, get ready for the London 2012 Festival, a fitting finale to the Cultural Olympiad.

It will feature 12 weeks of extraordinary cultural events from leading artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers from around the world. From 21 June, over 7 million people across the UK will have the chance to enjoy free events. BP is proud to be a Premier Partner of both the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival, celebrating culture across the UK. More.

In classrooms and communities

Leaving a legacy for London 2012 is also about working in classrooms and communities to educate and inspire young people across the UK.

The Young Leaders Programme, supported by BP, is giving a group of disadvantaged young people the chance to make a positive change to their lives. BP has also developed a comprehensive and exciting educational programme drawing on real-life oil trading challenges. More.

Target Neutral

With the help of BP Target Neutral, our six British London 2012 athlete ambassadors are learning how to travel around while generating a smaller carbon footprint. On their way to the Games, we’ll be following their progress.

We hope it will inspire many others to use the Target Neutral framework as a way of shrinking their carbon footprint. If enough people take part, this could be a great legacy for London 2012 – and make a significant difference to the environment in the years to come.

The Target Neutral framework is simple. It involves using straightforward tips and techniques to reduce the CO2 you create as you travel around, then neutralising the remaining CO2 through carbon offsetting.

Carbon offsetting isn’t an answer to the climate challenge in and of itself. But it’s a step in the direction of a lower-carbon future. Not only does it balance out a portion of the carbon released into the atmosphere today, it generates investment in lower-carbon projects that can have a big impact in the future. More.

In 2012, the British Museum will stage a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Visitors to the exhibition will delve into London 1612 to see it as it was 400 years ago: an emerging international city where theatregoers jostled one another daily at open-air performances of the latest play by William Shakespeare.

The exhibition, supported by BP, will be brought to life through objects, quotes from Shakespeare and performance. Objects include a stunning range of important paintings, rare jewels, original manuscripts and other items linked to Shakespeare’s plays.

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Get ready to be inspired. The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games is coming to the Royal Opera House for the duration of the Olympic Games in 2012. BP and the Royal Opera House are collaborating with The Olympic Museum to create a free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians. It will include artefacts, graphics, film and audio from The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. These are being shown in London for the first time, and the exhibition therefore promises to be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

From ancient Greece forwards, the history of the Games is all about stories of perseverance and triumph. Visitors to the exhibition will get to see all of the Olympic Medals since 1896 and all of the Olympic Torches since 1936. There will also be a ‘Hall of Champions’ featuring the stories and inspirational achievements of great Olympians from the modern Games.

Visitors will be taken on a journey from ancient Greece, the original home of the Olympic Games, through the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man behind the revival of the Games many centuries later. The experience will continue with the stories of some of the iconic Olympic athletes and moments of the last hundred years of Olympic history.

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Since it began in 2008, over 16 million people have taken part in a wide range of events across the UK, from local projects to large-scale performances.

Building on our 30-year commitment to UK arts and culture, BP became a Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad in 2009. We launched our support with London 2012 Open Weekend, a three-day event inviting the public to celebrate the countdown to the London 2012 Games at arts, cultural and sporting events across the UK. An estimated total of over 3 million people participated in over 3,000 events from 2009 to the final one year to go celebration in 2011.

In 2010 we introduced BP Portrait Award: Next Generation, a Cultural Olympiad project which has so far opened the eyes of over 200 young artists of the future at workshops in London and Aberdeen. 2010 also saw the launch of the Tate Movie Project, which created the world’s first animation film made by and for children, involving over 34,000 5 to 13 year olds and breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.

And now in 2012 the finale of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival, is set to be the most exciting festival the UK has ever seen. Running 21 June to 9 September, the Festival will bring more than 10 million opportunities to see 1,000 events from leading artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers from around the world and BP will be there playing our part as Premier Partner.

London 2012 Festival

We’re collaborating with our long-standing partners to help deliver several London 2012 Festival programmes and events that will inspire young people and provide opportunities for everyone across the UK to be part of London 2012.

The Olympic Journey. The Story of the Games
28 July to 12 August 2012
BP and the Royal Opera House have joined forces with The Olympic Museum, to create this free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians.

The World Shakespeare Festival
April to November 2012

As Founding Presenting Partner of the World Shakespeare Festival, BP is supporting a number of Royal Shakespeare Company productions including the What Country Friends Is This? trilogy of  The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and The Tempest, the associated community performance of Pericles, and the London season of Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing.

Shakespeare: Staging the World
19 July to 25 November 2012
Shakespeare: staging the world, the BP Exhibition, is presented by the British Museum in collaboration with the RSC, which will revisit William Shakespeare’s stories and tell them anew to London in 2012.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation
BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is a dynamic project led by the National Portrait Gallery, inspiring 14 to 19-year-olds by opening up opportunities to meet and gain insights from past BP Portrait Award artists.

Tate Movie Project: The Itch of the Golden Nit
Details of screening dates in 2012 will be published in our Events section when confirmed.
The Tate Movie Project presents The Itch of the Golden Nit – an animated adventure drawn and dreamt up by children from across the UK. Thousands of drawings, sound effects and story ideas make up the action-packed, half hour animation.