Ian Ritchie talks about the benefits that the City of London Festival brings to thousands of people across London. He also gives an insight into why it’s great for Londoner’s to see and experience music from Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.
Sunday 26th June 2011 saw the first of a three week annual celebration of the arts take over the city to offer an entertaining and refreshing taste of culture for all of London’s workers, residents and visitors. Each summer the City of London Festival brings London's beautiful buildings and outdoor spaces to life with an extensive artistic programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks, much of it free to the public. The celebration aims to revitalise the cultural life of the city and is supported equally by both the business community and the general public. It’s international nature attracts world-class artists linking London culturally and commercially with it’s overseas friends. Every year the event changes theme, with this year’s music and arts programme focusing on Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. WinkBall video reporters were there on the first day of the festival which opened with 'A Fifteen Piano Salute' to Percy Grainger, Australia's quirkiest composer. Take a look at what the people of London had to say!