The 20 feet tall Flint Giant will be coming to Reading on Saturday 28 May as part of The Rising Sun Art Centre’s Landscape of Charms and Machines Project.
This will be the second event of Reading Business Improvement District’s ARENA summer programme of free town centre arts and cultural events.
The event, which starts at 12 noon, will be a spectacular parade of giant puppets – The Flint and Chalk Giants, a marching band – the fabulous Tongues of Fire – and a costumed procession which will make its way along Broad Street. This will be a spectacular celebration of the hidden history and secret landscapes of Reading and will give life to the ground upon which Reading is built. It is part of Reading Year of Culture’s theme for May – the Story of Reading.
Tongues of Fire are one of the country’s top marching bands and will create a joyful musical accompaniment for the giants. The two giants will also be accompanied by a costumed parade representing aspects of Reading’s history and these elements together will create a thrilling and magnificent visual and musical spectacle.
The day is rounded off with a performance by Tongues of Fire at The Rising Sun in the evening and there is a talk on the radical history of Reading by Tim Hill at the Centre on Sunday 29 May.
The Flint Giant is coordinated by the Rising Sun Arts Centre and Funded by Reading Business Improvement District as part of the ARENA town centre free arts and culture programme and Reading Borough Council through the Reading Cultural Partnership.
The Flint Giant is the first event in a cycle of talks, exhibitions and performances which explore the hidden histories and secret landscapes of Reading. This event gives expression to the ground on which Reading is built and the two giants, one flint and one chalk, embody the landscape of Reading come to life.
The marching band Tongues of Fire will play music from the specially written suite ’A landscape of Charms and Machines’. This piece, commissioned by the Rising Sun, also explores the hidden history of Reading and the procession will feature costumes representing Reading through the ages.
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