Reading Festival of Weather, Art and MusicBy Paul Cassell
February 02, 2012
Science and art will collide in an exciting new festival to hit the town this summer.
WAM – the Reading Festival of Weather, Art and Music – will form part of the town’s celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and run from June 1 to 3.
Mayor of Reading Councillor Deborah Edwards will launch the event at Reading Town Hall today – and the festival promises a fascinating mix of events for young and old to enjoy.
It is being run by West Reading musician Pierrette Thomet in partnership with The University of Reading, the Met Office, the Royal Meteorological Society in Oxford Road, West Reading, and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Shinfield.
The festival looks to draw on town’s position as a centre for weather and climate research and showcase its rich musical and artistic talent.
Four events will take place at the festival which will be held at Forbury Gardens and Reading Town Hall – WAM Music, WAM Art, The Weather Fair and The Weather Factory.
From Friday to Sunday festival-goers will be able to enjoy WAM Music, a prestigious gala recital by Royal Academy of Music soprano Alison Pearce and another with a scientific difference by WAM director Pierrette, who will use cutting-edge sonic arts installations.
The event will finish with a Big Jubilee Picnic on the Sunday.
WAM Art on the Saturday and Sunday will feature weather-inspired work by Reading artist Julia Rogers.
On Saturday, people will have the chance to present their own weather forecast, take part in weather experiments, observe a professional weather station and marvel at a tornado generator when the Natural History Museum’s OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) Weather Roadshow arrives in town as part of The Weather Fair.
The fair will also see visitors able to build their own weather station at Reading Town Hall and attend talks and discussions with meteorological experts. For details visit www.wamfest.co.uk