|Ring out the Bells|
The National Carillon will tomorrow ring its bells in unison with London's Big Ben to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
At 5.12pm Canberra Time, bells will be rung for three minutes to mark 12 hours until the commencement of the opening ceremony in London.
Deputy British High Commissioner Jolyon Welsh and National Capital Authority Chief Executive, Gary Rake will join local carillonist Astrid Bowler in performing a three minute piece devised by British artist Martin Creed.
Organisers of the Community Arts Program for the London 2012 Olympics are encouraging everyone around the world to ring a bell at the same time.
NCA Chief Executive Gary Rake said everyone is invited to join in the celebrations in Canberra.
"Show your support for the Australian Olympic team by bringing a bell to the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin and ringing it as loudly and quickly as possible," he said.
"It is appropriate that National Carillon be part of this celebration of the London Olympics, as it was a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Capital."
A recital will follow the three minute piece and will include performances of Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Chariots of Fire.
The bell ringing event is part of the London 2012 Festival. Turner prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed will lead the bell ringing in the United Kingdom.
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