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Paralympic event to be staged at Olympic Park

  • 28 July 2013
  • From the section London
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park reopened after a £550m transformation

Disabled athletes and performers will return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to take part in an event to mark the anniversary of London 2012.

London Mayor Boris Johnson announced National Paralympic Day to be held in the north area of the park which has been redesigned to be fully accessible.

Visitors will get a chance to see paralympic medallists, artists and performers on 7 September.

There will also be a special appearance from The Voice winner Andrea Begley.

The free event will feature street theatre, outdoor dance, mass choreography, visual arts, live music, film and food.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "This event will be a fitting finale to another outstanding summer of sport, culture and entertainment in this magnificent new park.

"London's Paralympic Games were astonishingly successful, with superb medal-winning performances by our brilliant athletes. But they also transformed the way we think about disability.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to see some of those world-beating athletes in action once again."

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: "We need a Paralympic legacy that is strong and long lasting which is why we've been promoting disability sport in the community with our Motivate East programme."

The event has been organised by the Mayor of London, The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and the British Paralympic Association.

Jenny Sealey, artistic director, said: "I am proud to be showcasing some of our wonderful cast from the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in The Limbless Knight.

"This year, more than ever before, our visibility is crucial to remind people of the ongoing battle we have to hold onto our rights, independence and dignity."

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