By Duncan Mackay

London 2012 Paralympics Opening CeremonyJuly 28 - The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host a special Paralympic Day on September 7 to mark the first anniversary of London 2012, it has been announced.

The free event, launched today by London Mayor Boris Johnson, will feature top Paralympic athletes and disabled performers. 

National Paralympic Day will be aimed at disabled and non-disabled people and will be the thrilling grand finale to a summer of celebrations marking the one year anniversary of London 2012, Johnson claimed.

Organised by the Mayor of London, The London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Paralympic Association (BPA), the day will be held alongside the Mayor's Liberty Festival, an annual showcase of Deaf and disabled artists. .

Amongst the highlights will be "The Limbless Knight", a aerial and sway performance from award winning theatre company Graeae, which has been co-commissioned by the Legacy Company and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), the arts organisation that produces Liberty.

Graeae's artistic director Jenny Sealey was joint artistic director of last year's Paralympic Opening Ceremony, along with Bradley Hemmings, artistic director of GDIF.

Andrea BegleyAndrea Begley, winner of the BBC Television show The Voice, will be among the performers at National Paralympic Day in the Queen Elizabeth Park on September 7

There will be a special appearance from Andrea Begley, who recently triumphed on the BBC Television series "The Voice", plus street theatre, outdoor dance, mass choreography, visual arts, live music, film and food.

Another attraction will be "Miracoco Luminarium", a monumental interactive light sculpture.

There will also be a series of have a go sports activities in the north of the Park and inside the Copper Box Arena.

"This event will be a fitting finale to another outstanding summer of sport, culture and entertainment in this magnificent new park. London's Paralympic Games were astonishingly successful, with superb medal-winning performances by our brilliant athletes," said Johnson.

"But they also transformed the way we think about disability.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to see some of those world-beating athletes in action once again and to enjoy magical performances by some of the finest disabled artists in the UK.

"It's also another chance to enjoy our fabulous new Park."

National Paralympic Day is the latest initiative launched to ensure that there is a legacy from London 2012. 

"The performances of the ParalympicsGB athletes inspired the nation and changed the way people think about disability," said Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the BPA.

"National Paralympic Day will recreate some of the wonder of the Paralympic Games and will build on the momentum that was started so successfully last year."

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