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Our Big Gig: Biggest national celebration of music in communities to take place this summer

Our Big Gig11th – 14th July

Our Big Gig, which takes place from 11th–14thJuly, will see the whole country celebrate and enjoy music, showcase new and existing talent and increase participation in music making. From school halls to concert halls-local communities and event organisers are being encouraged to get together, pick up instruments and programme gigs in their local areas for a UK wide music celebration.

Launched by Communities Minister DonFoster,along with performersfrom the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Our Big Gig builds on the success of previous annual Bandstand Marathon events. The initiative is coordinated by arts organisation Superact and last year’s event marked the closing of the London 2012 Games with 9,000 people take part in the simultaneous playing of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ across the UK.

Our Big Gig 2013 will give members of the public the opportunity to attend free gigs in their local community, as well as participating in a range of musical activities particularly for those who are new to music. Hundreds of events across the UK between the 11th–14thJuly will take place in indoor and outdoor performance spaces and local people can choose where they want to hold their event with an aim to showcase unique local music talent in unusual places.

The Our Big Gig initiative has today issued a call out for community event organisers to sign up to and get involved in putting on a gig in their area, bringing together diverse groups of people and celebrating their achievements as a community. 275 community events organisers will be selected to receive funding towards their event, marketing materials (posters, banner and t-shirts), PR support, training opportunities and the chance to have their event listed and promoted on the ‘Our Big Gig’ website. Organisations can apply to host an ‘Our Big Gig’ and find out more information at www.ourbiggig.co.uk.