Lucy Nacson-Jones holding one of the lanterns that lit the way for athletes.

Lucy Nacson-Jones holding one of the lanterns that lit the way for athletes.

Lucy Nacson-Jones holding one of the lanterns that lit the way for athletes.

At the Opening Ceremony, 2,500 British students and their teachers welcomed Olympic athletes to the Games as part of the Guard of Honour. The British Council's Lucy Nacson-Jones joined them. 

Jordanian musician Tareq Al Nasser

Jordanian musician Tareq Al Nasser

Jordanian musician Tareq Al Nasser

Marc Jessel, our Country Director in Jordan, blogs about the concert in an Amman car park that brought together Jordanian and Scottish musicians to kick off a new music programme.

Lord Sebastian Coe and Paul Docherty with youth in Athens

Lord Sebastian Coe (center) and Paul Docherty (far right) visiting a school in Athens during a programme organised by British Council, on the occasion of the torch handover to London

Lord Sebastian Coe and Paul Docherty with youth in Athens

As the 2012 Olympic Games finally kick off, British Council Director UK 2012 Paul Docherty looks back on the highlights so far from this year's exciting Cultural Olympiad.

Seydanur carries the torch.

Seydanur carries the torch.

Seydanur carries the torch.

Seydanur Kabasakal, a high school student from Turkey selected as part of the International Inspiration programme, was one of 20 torchbearers who carried the Olympic Flame between Lincoln and Nottingham.

Taylor Zhou and Jelena Kiselova with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Taylor Zhou and Jelena Kiselova with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who met the delegates in Rio

Taylor Zhou and Jelena Kiselova with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Andrew Picken OBE, co-leader of the British Council delegation to Rio+20, writes about last month's UN Conference on Sustainable Development and about ten inspirational young activists and entrepreneurs from around the world who took part.