London Borough of Barnet

Barnet’s Olympic celebrations set to be a spectacular

Published Tuesday 19 June 2012

Residents are being invited to join in a free spectacular following the Olympic Torch Relay passing through the borough.

artsdepot, in partnership with Barnet Council, is presenting a free performance at dusk on the evening of Wednesday 25th July – the same day as the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Barnet - in Victoria Park, Finchley.

The performance will be the highlight of a day of festivities which starts at 12.15pm when the Olympic Torch enters the borough at The Hyde, Hendon and exits at Betstyle Circus, New Southgate at 3.15pm.

‘Bells’ is an aerial theatre and dance spectacle created by Theater Tol and Akademi from Belgium and London. Beginning with a dazzling procession into Victoria Park, the dance leads to a climax during which angels are suspended from cranes in the air moving with the dancers below.

Councillor Robert Rams, Cabinet Member for Customer Access and Partnerships said:

“As a borough we’re immensely proud to be hosting a leg of the torch relay which will no doubt be a historic and memorable occasion for residents.

“Following the celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the feel good factor is definitely set to stay with a unique and unforgettable display of theatre and dance, welcoming the Olympic Torch to Barnet.”

Kerry Andrews, Artistic Director artsdepot said:

“As the capital gets ready for its most amazing summer, we’re delighted to be working with Barnet Council and Mayor of London to start Barnet’s celebrations. Bells by Theater Tol and Akademi combines Kathak dancing and aerial theatre and will be a truly magical and unforgettable event”. 

Bells is part of Showtime, presented by Mayor of London. Showtime is a free outdoor arts festival giving all Londoners the chance to enjoy world class entertainment and culture on their doorstep. For more information visit

For more information on ‘Bells’ in Barnet visit:,

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