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/ 17 October 2011

Project Director signs up to launch major celebration of the City

Stella Ioannou, Founder and Director of Lacuna Projects, has been appointed as Project Director of the City’s cultural ‘open weekend’ in June 2012, which will promote the Square Mile’s extensive range of cultural activities and visitor attractions.

The announcement of this key role has been made today by the City of London Corporation, which provides local authority services to the Square Mile, and the Archdeacon of London’s Office. The new post has been jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and the Diocese of London.

Stella’s agency, Lacuna Projects, specialises in the development and production of cultural projects, and has recent and successful experience of working in the City of London. She is the Arts Consultant on the Great St Helen’s Public Art Space, a Sculpture Park in the heart of the Square Mile, launched in July 2011 with works by internationally acclaimed artists Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Franz West and Kenneth Armitage. The project is the pilot of the City of London Arts Initiative.

As Founding Deputy Director of the London Festival of Architecture (2003-2007), Stella Ioannou was responsible for stakeholder management, project co-ordination and relationship building. Following this, she worked as Client Director at Profirst (2007-2009), an international events agency with offices in London, Paris, Brussels and Milan, and has an educational background in architecture and the arts.

Stella is a member of the City of London Art Initiative Advisory Board and an elected member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.

In her new role, Stella will have overall responsibility for co-ordinating, managing and promoting Celebrate the City: an Open Weekend, which will bring together and highlight major one-off events, and venues in the City of London. Livery halls and City churches will open their doors to the public during this special long weekend celebration, which will also include street entertainment, guided walks and exhibitions.

The Archdeacon of London, The Ven David Meara, said:

“Over four days in June next year, the Diocese of London’s City churches will have the opportunity to welcome visitors from around the world, through a vibrant programme of cultural events and increased access to their impressive and varied architecture.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Stella and the City of London Corporation to ensure that the Open Weekend truly shows the City of London at its very best.”

Speaking about her new role as Project Director, Stella Ioannou, said:

“I am delighted and privileged to be working with the wonderful institutions and individuals who are the essence of the Square Mile, a truly unique place.

Celebrate the City: an Open Weekend will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the innovative and dynamic nature of the City, and its artistic creativity within an unparalleled world history. My ambition is to open as many doors as possible and to showcase the City in all its glory through participation in cultural activities.”

Speaking for the City of London Corporation, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican, said:

Celebrate the City: an Open Weekend will be an exciting event, aimed at making the most of the opportunities presented in the weeks leading up to the Olympic Games, when visitors will arrive in the capital to watch the Games and enjoy finding out what London can offer them.

“The event will be a vibrant celebration of the City – from its historic churches and contemporary architecture to its valuable treasures and leading figures – to prove that there is something of compelling interest in every inch of the Square Mile.”



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