Bryn Terfel and Gustavo Dudamel set for London's 'Festival of the World'

Bryn Terfel and Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra are to take part in a festival inspired by the cultural work of Pierre de Coubertin, as part of the celebrations for the London 2012 Games.

Hundreds of international artists will grace London’s Southbank Centre for the ‘Festival of the World’, which takes place from June 1st – the Diamond Jubilee weekend, through to the last day of the Paralympics on September 9th.

Bryn Terfel will headline a four day celebration of Welsh heritage and culture, whilst Gustavo ‘The Dude’ Dudamel and the SBSO will create a Latin buzz in a lively ‘Sounds of Venezuela’ event.

De Coubertin, who was an educationalist and an artist, as well as the founder of the modern Olympic movement, believed the arts could "raise the aspirations of young people in the same way as sport".