Kernocopia is Cornwall’s official submission to the Cultural Olympiad, but being Cornish, it’s offbeat. It’s a glorious mash-up of Cornwall’s sporting, cultural, arts and heritage communities to mark and toast the 2012 London Olympics. It’s the first time anyone has ever thrown all these cultural forms together with a singular dream – to grace the world stage with Cornish sporting treasures.

The project’s flesh and blood is a vault of 25 Cornish sporting stories. We commissioned a stellar team of artists to find these epic and idiosyncratic stories & bring them to life using dance, film, song, poetry and theatre. These stories grew into the ‘I was there’ moments that you can crawl into here.

Kernocopia culminates in a  theatrical pop-up performance that you can soak up at venues across the South West during the summer of 2012. Thousands of you will be treated to this live experiment that cross-pollinates the likes of wrestling, rugby, surfing, sailing and rowing with film, song, dance, poetry and theatre.

Kernocopia also hosts a schools programme to help young people learn about their sporting heritage through mould-breaking lessons; sport-themed activity kits to pump adrenaline into museums; and a website rammed with information on the sporting bloodline of Cornwall. There’s even a place for you to add your own sporting story and help to create a new live archive for the world to see and applaud.

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Our team of artists embraced the true spirit of Kernocopia and mashed up art and sport like never before. Take dance, film, song, poetry and theatre into the surfing, sailing, rowing, wrestling and rugby communities, and you’re getting warm. 

Get Creative this Summer Term and celebrate 2012

Education Resources

A sport-heritage education programme to help young people learn through mould-breaking lessons