Carnival of the World 2022

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Carnival of the World returned to Broad Street Reading with the arrival of the 4 metre high Sea Giant Puppet, a live music stage and The Broad Street Parade. 

The free High Street event featured the 4m tall Sea Giant Puppet promenading along Broad Street in the town centre on Saturday 13 August as part of Out of the Deep Blue – an outdoor physical theatre performance inspired by the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

Watch a short film of Carnival of the World 2022

Designed specifically for family and festival audiences the show told the magical story of EKO the sea giant who rises from the deep ocean and encounters, on the shore, a little girl called ᐯIOᒪET. Their larger-than-life ‘pas de deux’ uses dance theatre and movement as storytelling tools set to a mesmerising musical soundscape.

Carnival of the World was brought to Reading by locally based CultureMix Arts, Autin Dance, Reading Central Business Improvement District (BID), and Reading’s Economy & Destination Agency (REDA). The live stage launched at 12pm with award winning steel band Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) followed by a host of guest artists.

The Broad Street Parade at 2pm featured carnival costumes, dancers, percussionists and special guest EKO to delight and surprise Reading shoppers and audiences.  After more Live Stage performances the event closed at 6pm.

The unmissable spectacular free family event featured RASPO Steel Band, colourful costumes, live performances, and very special surprise guests.