A WORLD-CLASS festival will return to Reading for its third year running, next week.

Reading Thames Festival will be held on Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September 2019.

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The festival is made locally, celebrating and powered by the creativity of Reading, one of England’s Great Places which receives funding from the Arts Council, Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund.

The four-day festival will present music, film, theatre, dance, circus, spoken word, and offer a variety of food and drink.

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It will also boast an international line-up including Turner Prize Winner Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass performed by the Fairey Brass Band and the UK’s leading circus and outdoor arts performers, Cirque Bijou.

Taking inspiration from the Thames’ grand heritage as a rich source of creativeness, this year, the festival programme addresses themes of change and transformation, exploring how music, performance and the arts can bring people together in times of social unrest.

Over 20 Reading and Berkshire artists and organisations will be brought together, including a new co-commission partnership with Reading University.

A brand-new festival strand – Art After Dark – will be introduced by performer Janine Harrington this year, due to transform Reading.

The free one-night event will present art and performances in public spaces you may encounter every day as well as secret, off-the-beatentrack sites and venues.