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Jenny Waldman is Director of the First World War Centenary Cultural Programme, which will take place in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Previously she was Creative Producer of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The London 2012 Festival ran for 12 weeks, involved hundreds of events across the UK and attracted 19.8 million attendances.
Jenny created the public events programme at Somerset House in central London, including the famous ice rink, film and concert seasons. She was Director of Arts Centre Programmes at the Southbank Centre for five years, introducing outdoor events, site specific installations and large-scale festivals. Before that, she ran a touring theatre company and worked for Arts Council England.
Jenny graduated from St Anne’s College, Oxford with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology and studied Arts Management at City University. She specialises in curating and programming festivals, events and new spaces, producing new work across diverse art forms and, as a consultant, in cultural strategy and organisational development. She enjoys a challenge!
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