Green Park goes interactive

by Marco Cillario Mon 29 February 2016, 5:30 pm

An interactive festival in Green Park aims to explore how our world will develop in future decades.

"Tomorrow’s Reading", part of Reading 2016 – Reading’s Year of Culture, will take place on Saturday 5 March 2016 from noon to 6pm.

It will feature a number of participative experiences, installations, lectures, performances and technological tools to try out. The aim is to enable attendees to "hear, touch, taste and feel the future".

The festival is sponsored by Green Park’s owner Oxford Properties and curated by the team behind FutureFest, a weekend festival about the future, organised by Nesta, a charity helping people and organisations bring innovative ideas into life.

The programme includes a series of live performances by BitterSuite, a company founded by Reading-born composer Stephanie Singer, which explores how to re-imagine the classical concert through the senses. While the company performs Debussy’s String Quartet in G, selected audience members will be blindfolded and experience eight purpose-made tastes and four individual scents per movement. This 25-minute concert will take place three times during the festival.

The Meals of Tomorrow display, by events management company Guerrilla Science, will enable visitors to taste what might be the food of the future and speak to scientists working in the field.

Speakers at the Science Showoff Stage include scholars from the University of Reading and the UCL, journalists and leading figures in the field of technology. Lectures will focus on the future of cities, environment and health.

A detailed programme of Tomorrow’s Reading is available here.

Individual tickets for Tomorrow’s Reading are on sale at £10, family tickets at £16.50.

There are 50 free spaces open to Green Park occupiers: those interested should email claire.watson@greenpark.co.uk.

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