Free riverside festival for familiesBy David Millward
June 13, 2012
Families across Reading are being invited to a free riverside festival combining sport, music and art.
The SMART 2012 festival in August will feature a sporting village, live entertainment, open air arena, a funfair and much more.
Bosses at Reading 2012 Partnership Board revealed details of the big event this week, along with community groups including Reading Rowing Club, jelly and Reading Rock Academy.
The festival of Sport, Music and Art on the River Thames (SMART) will take place on Saturday, August 4, along the Thames, from Reading Rowing Club to Rivermead and across the river at Caversham Court Gardens.
The date coincides with the middle weekend of the Olympic Games, which has been dubbed Super Saturday. At the launch of the event at Rivermead on Monday, Reading 2012 Partnership Board chairman and Reading Post editor Andy Murrill said: “With SMART, we want to showcase the very best Reading has got in terms of sport, music and art and its river and the activities which take place on it.”
Zac Purchase MBE, Olympic and World Champion rower and London 2012 GB rowing team member, sent a message for the launch.
He said: “It is my pleasure to be supporting SMART, an event that truly captures the community spirit of Super Saturday.”
The festival has been developed by the 2012 Partnership Board with arts group jelly, Culturemix, Reading Rock Academy, Reading Rowing Club, Friends of Caversham Court and Rivermead, with support from Festival Republic, Reading Borough Council and Earley Charities.
The event will run from 11am to 6pm with a sporting village and demonstrations, community group stalls, creative village, acoustic stage and workshop area, arena, main stage, Traylen funfair, food stalls and a big screen.
Artists from jelly will visit schools before the festival to make banners and bunting with children.
Reading Rock Academy will hold the finals of the The Battle of the School Bands at Rivermead in the evening.