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RASPO Mas - carnival costume workshop

Friday 30 July - Sunday 29 August 2010

RASPO will take Reading to Notting Hill Carnival to compete in Panorama - the National Steelband Championships - on Saturday 28 August and to celebrate Reading's carnival culture as part of the Notting Hill Carnival Children's Day procession on Sunday 29 August.

Join RASPO's workshops in Reading throughout the summer for this exciting event:
Want to Play Steel Pan? RASPO will take a forty piece orchestra to play a 10 minute arrangement for the national steelband championship (Panorama). If you play a percussion instrument, eg drums or piano, can learn fast, and want to join the RASPO Panorama Orchestra and arranger Bubbles for their inaugural Panorama performance contact us or click here to find out how.
Want to wear a head dress and dance in the Notting Hill Carnival procession? Workshops will take place throughout July and August in South Reading. Make your own head dress at free workshops, bring your family and friends to share in Reading's carnival spirit. Dates and times listed below or contact us for more information
• Perhaps just want to get involved and help out? We need volunteers, helpers, sponsors, drivers, roadies and supporters to show Reading off at it's best at Europe's biggest street carnival. Click here for more information. See below for workshop dates.

Carnival Head dress Workshops - FREE!
Make your very own carnival head dress at South Reading's free workshops. Parade your costume at events in Reading and London.
Location: South Reading Community Centre, Northumberland Avenue, Reading.
Friday 30 July 10am - 12.30pm. Carnival Head dress workshop
Friday 6 August 10am - 12.30pm. Carnival Head dress workshop
Thursday 12 August 10am - 12.30pm. Carnival Head dress workshop
Friday 13 August 10am - 12.30pm. Carnival Head dress workshop
Thursday 19 August 10am - 12.30pm. Carnival Head dress workshop
Friday 20 August 10am - 12.30pm. Carnival Head dress workshop

- Cintra Park, READING
Saturday 21 August
Show off your head dress parade and listen to a performance of the competition tune from the RASPO Panorama Orchestra at this special Cintra Park Carnival preview event.

RASPO Panorama Orchestra & Bubbles present
Open Rehearsal of 'Pan on Fire'
Tuesday 24 August 6pm - 8pm

The Hexagon, Queen's Walk, Reading, Berkshire

RASPO Panorama Orchestra & Bubbles present
A public rehearsal preview of 'Pan on Fire'
Thursday 26 August 5pm - 7.30pm

Broad Street East (outside M&S), Reading

National PANORAMA Steelband Competition.
Saturday 28 August

Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, LONDON W10 5DB

LONDON NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL Children's Day procession
Sunday 29 August

Ladbroke Grove, NOTTING HILL, West London

What is Panorama:
The UK Panorama Steelband Championship is a national competition which kicks off Notting Hill Carnival on August Bank Holiday. The event features up to ten steel bands from across the UK. Each band has 40 to 75 players who rehearse with the top pan arrangers to learn a ten-minute arrangement of a popular calypso performed to a panel of judges for the title of National Champions of Steel.
More on Panorama...

The RASPO Panorama Orchestra 2010

The RASPO Panorama Orchestra 2010

Notting Hill Carnival

RASPO float at Notting Hill Carnival 2010

Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe's biggest street festival spread over twenty miles.

A procession of vibrant colourful costumes and fabulous floats surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival revellers.

Notting Hill Carnival web site