Reading’s outside:inside pop-up festival is a month long celebration of music, arts and film. Events literally ‘pop-up’ all over town, with the town’s landscape being transformed by the opening up of previously undiscovered areas. Pop-up venues, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and restaurants will spring out from courtyards, closed shops, empty office spaces, churches, bars, venues, and open green spaces across the month of July. The arts element is in partnership with leading Reading arts organisation, Jelly, and will feature a number of arts events including artist talks, exhibitions, art interventions and films.
The outside:inside festival is now delighted to announce that it will become part of the official ‘warm up’ to the London 2012 Olympics. The weekend of 22-24 July 2011 marks the start of Olympic ‘one-year-to-go’ celebrations, and the occasion is being marked by an Open Weekend featuring art, dance, film, sport events and more. With more than 1,000 events taking place across the country, there’s something for everyone as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP – a series of sporting and cultural events taking place across the UK which will see hundreds of thousands of people participating in events to celebrate the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With the support of BP, Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad and long-standing supporter of arts and culture in the UK, the London 2012 Open Weekend is now in its fourth year. Open Weekend 2011 follows the success of the past three previous years, in which over 2.4 million people across the UK unleashed their creativity across a series of sporting, art and cultural activities in celebration of the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The town of Reading will now be part of this tremendous weekend. Join us from 12 noon until 7pm on Saturday 23 July, when the outside:inside festival will be filling the streets with arts events including artists talks, exhibitions and interventions, and engaging with the community in new and surprising ways. It will be a true taste of the cultural talent of Reading.
Vicky Vergou’s Language Paralanguage art project, which explores the sound-world of the 44 official languages spoken in Europe; through a series of interviews with European nationals who speak in a second language. The project is a touring sound installation, which examines the phonetic and written characteristics of language through participatory processes.
Language Paralanguage is supported by Arts Council England, Artpoint and Dada South.
Vicky Vergou explores issues of mortality and migration expressed through installations, videos, sound-works, drawing and painting.
Over the past few years she has been inspired by Homer’s epic Odyssey. Initial ideas for “My Odyssey” were first developed during a residency at the Old Dairy in Oxford. Another residency followed in 2010 in Evangelismos Hospital of Athens, Greece; the project “Plus” revolves around blood related illnesses and includes interviews with scientists and patients.
About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in this UK-wide festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation and leave a lasting legacy for the arts in this country.
Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival. The British Council will support the international development of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects. Panasonic are the presenting partner of Film Nation: Shorts.
For more details visit www.london2012.com/culture