Cate Blanchett, Mike Leigh Among Stars Participating in London 2012 Festival


Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, BAFTA-winning director Mike Leigh and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved author Toni Morrison are among the international A-Listers scheduled to participate the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week arts event that will coincide with the 2012 Olympics in the U.K., reports Reuters.

Running from June 21 to September 9, the cultural program is expected to attract roughly three million attendees.

Other highlights will include an exhibition by painters David Hockney and Lucian Freud; a series of short films, including one by Leigh; a music showcase with Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn and writer Morrison; and a revamp of Gross und Klein starring Blanchett.

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