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Above image: Poster for Carnival of the World event in Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire on Saturday 20 August 2016 12-6pm

CARNIVAL OF THE WORLD - READING AND LONDON

25 AUGUST 2016

CultureMix presents Carnival of the World in Reading on Saturday 20 August and at London Notting Hill Carnival on August Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2016. The event is a celebration of diversity with music dance and costumes from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. More...

Carnival of the World Reading UK 20 Aug 2016. Image: WEBCC

Carnival of the World Reading UK 20 Aug 2016. Image: WEBCC

RASPO ENTERTAINS THE NATION ON ITVS LORRAINE

16 JULY 2016

RASPO Steel Band joined Lorraine Kelly and her guests live on ITV to reveal the results of volunteers who embarked on a six week health and fitness regime for The Bikini Challenge. More...

ITVs Lorraine Kelly with RASPO Steel Band on HQS Wellington 13 July 2016

ITVs Lorraine Kelly with RASPO Steel Band on HQS Wellington 13 July 2016

WORKSHOP DATES

14 AUGUST 2016

Want to learn to play steel pan music with RASPO? Get involved in carnival arts with Carnival of the World 2016 and join CultureMix for free weekly workshops. Check dates and times here. More...

Carnival of the World workshop dates

Carnival of the World workshop dates

CARNIVAL OF THE WORLD

11 JULY 2016

Carnival of the World comes to Reading in August with free music, costume and flag making workshops for all running throughout July and August, plus free business skills training for 14-19s. More...

Carnival of the World comes to Reading UK

Carnival of the World comes to Reading UK

THE 3RD PEACE AND LOVE CONCERT

28 MARCH 2016

CultureMix presents the 3rd Peace and Love Concert celebrating Reading's Year of Culture with the return of IYA Rebels, Jah Lion, RASPO and introducing new poetry and Latin beats duo The Percussive Word. More...

The 3rd Peace and Love Concert at Readipop Studios Reading Berkshire

The 3rd Peace and Love Concert at Readipop Studios Reading Berkshire

A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC IN BERKSHIRE - At The Royal Albert Hall

01 FEBRUARY 2016

CultureMix will present The Berkshire Youth Steel Percussion Orchestra for a performance with fifty school children at The Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 1 May as part of Berkshire Maestros' showcase of musical diversity. More...

CultureMix will present the Berkshire Youth Steel Percussion Orchestra at RAH

CultureMix will present the Berkshire Youth Steel Percussion Orchestra at RAH

2015 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

02 JANUARY 2016

2015 saw the launch of the Peace and Love Concerts, the second Schools Steel Band Festival and the continuation of RASPO's summer carnival project. More...

RASPO leaders Dani, Paul and Mary join Bridgitte Tetteh at BBC Radio Berkshire

RASPO leaders Dani, Paul and Mary join Bridgitte Tetteh at BBC Radio Berkshire

THE 2ND PEACE AND LOVE CONCERT

06 SEPTEMBER 2015

CultureMix presents the second Peace & Love Concert, a Black History Month musical fundraising event celebrating Caribbean culture with calypso, reggae, Latin and jazz. More...

The Peace and Love concert featuring RASPO and the Mighty Dub Generators

The Peace and Love concert featuring RASPO and the Mighty Dub Generators

'CENTRAL CLUB' STEERING GROUP

08 JUNE 2015

In October 2014 Reading Borough Council called on Reading Voluntary Action to look at ways to bring the Central Club building back into use as well as preserving the iconic mural. Find out more here... More...

The Central building (Central Club) London Street Reading Berkshire

The Central building (Central Club) London Street Reading Berkshire

2ND SCHOOLS STEEL BAND FESTIVAL

26 FEBRUARY 2015

The CultureMix Schools Steel Band Festival returns for a second year with an even bigger and better showcase of music, dance and song performed by gifted and talented school children from Reading and West Berkshire. More...

CultureMix presents The 2nd Schools Steel Band Festival 2015 - flyer

CultureMix presents The 2nd Schools Steel Band Festival 2015 - flyer

2014 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

05 JANUARY 2015

2014 brought many positive benefits for CultureMix and RASPO including two major new project launches: Schools Steel Band Festival and RASPO Summer Carnival Steel Band project. More...

RASPO Steel Band with Solutions4Health Dame Fagbutt for Stoptober Berkshire.

RASPO Steel Band with Solutions4Health Dame Fagbutt for Stoptober Berkshire.

RASPO AT NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2014

27 AUGUST 2014

RASPO joined the Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the steel pan instrument. More...

RASPO Steel Band float at London Notting Hill Carnival 2014

RASPO Steel Band float at London Notting Hill Carnival 2014

RASPO JOINS READING HERITAGE

09 JUNE 2014

RASPO musician and artist Anisha Thomas receives a Bronze Arts Award for her band t-shirt design inspired by the Historic World Objects collection. The t-shirt is now part of the Reading Museum collection thanks to the World Stories South East project. More...

Anisha Thomas with her RASPO t-shirt design on display in Reading Museum

Anisha Thomas with her RASPO t-shirt design on display in Reading Museum

2013 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

20 FEBRUARY 2014

2013 was a positive year for CultureMix with a move for RASPO to South Street Arts Centre and more honours for the work of the artistic director. More...

The CultureMix team celebrates 10 years since the organisation launched in 2003

The CultureMix team celebrates 10 years since the organisation launched in 2003

RASPO MOVE TO SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE

15 MAY 2013

RASPO to launch a new programme of steel pan music workshops at Reading's South Street Arts Centre. More...

South Street Arts Centre Reading Berkshire

South Street Arts Centre Reading Berkshire

RASPO PLAY MADEJSKI STADIUM

09 MARCH 2013

RASPO entertained over twenty thousand football fans at Madejski Stadium for the Reading FC v Aston Villa FC premiership game. More...

RASPO at Madejski Stadium - Reading FC v Aston Villa FC

RASPO at Madejski Stadium - Reading FC v Aston Villa FC

2012 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

14 JANUARY 2013

2012, year of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the year RASPO performed at the Royal Albert Hall. A year to celebrate, a year like no other. More...

RASPO set up the steel pans for Showtime at BT London Live in Victoria Park

RASPO set up the steel pans for Showtime at BT London Live in Victoria Park

MARY'S OLYMPIC JOURNEY

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Artistic Director of CultureMix Mary Genis tells of her amazing Olympic experience as a volunteer performer in the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. More...

Mary at the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Mary at the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony

RASPO TO PLAY AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL - Prom 58: Family Matinee

23 AUGUST 2012

RASPO will join the BBC Proms Family Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on August Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 2012. More...

BBC Prom 58: Family Orchestra - A journey to far corners of our musical world

BBC Prom 58: Family Orchestra - A journey to far corners of our musical world

RASPO'S SHOWTIME SUCCESS

14 AUGUST 2012

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra wowed London with their SHOWTIME presentation of 'TASPO to RASPO'. More...

RASPO musicians Zash, Tanisha and Kisha with dancer Monica

RASPO musicians Zash, Tanisha and Kisha with dancer Monica

STERLING BETANCOURT MBE HONOURS RASPO CD

09 JULY 2012

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra's second CD RASPO Rhythms has been endorsed by original TASPO musician and steel pan pioneer Sterling Betancourt MBE. More...

Sterling Betancourt MBE - Pic by Kevin Joseph

Sterling Betancourt MBE - Pic by Kevin Joseph

RASPO TOUR SHOWTIME - LONDON 2012 FESTIVAL

01 JUNE 2012

RASPO new show 'TASPO to RASPO' will be launched at Showtime which is part of the London 2012 Festival taking place during the Games. RASPO will perform in London boroughs to welcome over a million visitors and entertain Londoners during London 2012 More...

RASPO will join world class artists for Showtime to welcome visitors to London 2012.  Picture by Kevin Joseph

RASPO will join world class artists for Showtime to welcome visitors to London 2012. Picture by Kevin Joseph

OLYMPIC RINGS PRESS LAUNCH

07 MARCH 2012

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) joined the Akademi Dhol Drummers and Mayor of London Boris Johnson outside City Hall and Tower Bridge for the launch of the Olympic 2012 Festival. More...

RASPO and Akademi Dhol perform for launch of Showtime and giant Olympic rings.

RASPO and Akademi Dhol perform for launch of Showtime and giant Olympic rings.

2011 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

10 FEBRUARY 2012

For 2011 CultureMix continued to thrive with international collaborations, support for the School for Steel Pan Music and resident steel band Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra. Read a summary of the year's activities... More...

CultureMix director Mary Genis meets Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes

CultureMix director Mary Genis meets Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes

BAS AWARDS 2011

10 DECEMBER 2011

The British Association of Steelbands (BAS) held their Annual Awards and Dinner Dance at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. More...

RASPO representatives attended the 2011 BAS Awards and Dinner Dance

RASPO representatives attended the 2011 BAS Awards and Dinner Dance

MARY MEETS DAME KELLY

23 MAY 2011

Dame Kelly Holmes' charity the DKH Legacy Trust hosted an award ceremony at Madejski Stadium for young people who attended the Get on Track programme. Mary met with the double Olympic champion. More...

Dame Kelly's autograph for Mary and RASPO

Dame Kelly's autograph for Mary and RASPO

2010 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

10 JANUARY 2011

The 2010 annual review includes CultureMix's move to a new space at Watlington Hall and RASPO Steel Orchestra entering the Notting Hill Carnival UK Steelband Championship for the first time. More...

New band Exception's first performance wth RASPO at the Hexagon

New band Exception's first performance wth RASPO at the Hexagon

2ND BAS AWARD FOR RASPO - Randolph Baptiste Inspirational Award

06 DECEMBER 2010

RASPO receive the Randolph Baptiste Inspirational Award at the British Association of Steelbands (BAS) 12th Annual Awards in London More...

Mary, Darryl, Kisha, Aynsley, Louie, Michelle & Bubbles with the BAS Award

Mary, Darryl, Kisha, Aynsley, Louie, Michelle & Bubbles with the BAS Award

2009 CULTUREMIX REVIEW

11 MAY 2013

Read about the 2009 achievements of CultureMix Arts and RASPO Steel Orchestra's tenth anniversary celebration of performances ... More...

RASPO's Kisha Lowe features on the cover of Rhinegold's Classroom Music

RASPO's Kisha Lowe features on the cover of Rhinegold's Classroom Music

RASPO EVENTS ARCHIVE

01 APRIL 2013

Check past events, press releases and photos here... More...

RASPO Reading Carnival 2008

RASPO Reading Carnival 2008

Carnival of the World - get involved

Carnival of the World

Carnival of the World is a new project that enables people to develop business skills with a growing cultural industry through training and work experience.

The CultureMix project also offers access to the full range of carnival arts activities and workshops including steel pan music, percussion, dance, costume, head dresses, backpacks, flags, banners, recording, events and live performance.

Get creative plus you can develop useful transferable business skills and improve your job prospects in any sector.

Business skills workshops start in September. Contact us here to sign up and for further information.

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