RBCA was proud to support two of the most talked-about non-sporting venues of London 2012 – Russia.Park and Sochi.Park. Both prominently located in Kensington Gardens, Sochi.Park and Russia.Park formed the core Russian cultural contribution to the Games, as well as providing the focal point as the official ‘Russia House’ in London.
Sochi.Park, which could be found opposite the world-famous Royal Albert Hall, was a 6000sqm interactive, digital pavilion introducing the world to the next Olympic host city: Sochi. By night, the stunning ice arena took centre stage for the biggest ice skating spectacular ever to be shown outside of Russia: Sochi – Small Stories of a Big City created by Ilya Averbukh, the world-famous Russian figure-skating champion. Ilya Averbukh brought together a dazzling array of Russian ice-skating greats – comprising many international and Olympic champions – to perform in London. The critically acclaimed show featured elite sportsmanship, theatre, live music and ice dancing, acrobatics and traditional and contemporary dance. 6 Olympic champions and 18 world champions in figure skating perform the play leading roles. More than 50 different artists from various genres (skaters, dancers, ballet, acrobats), 250 spectacular handmade costumes, 7 tons of props, 15 original songs (composed by renowned Russian composer Roman Ignatyev) – all adding up to 95 minutes of exhilaration!
Russia.Park, located at the other side of Kensington Gardens, next to Kensington Palace, was an open air festival style family fun park where visitors could immerse themselves in Russian culture and Olympic spirit: a 10,000sq metre space packed with Russian culture, cuisine, performance, people and sport – including all the Olympic action relayed on a large format outdoor screen. Russia.Park also formed the corporate headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee during London 2012, the centrepiece of which was the impressive double-storey House of Russia which housed a state-of-the-art media centre and press conference facility, reception lounges, banqueting hall and conference centre. Russia.Park hosted a rolling programme of live performance and music acts on its outdoor stage – including two very special concert events, the Red Rocks Festivals on 28 July and 11 August, sponsored by Sberbank.