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Floating Cinema on tour

The Floating Cinema On Tour is a brand new summer programme of open air and on-board film screenings, performances, talks and events for the waterways of the South east and West of England

Members of the public watching The Floating Cinema at Kings Cross The Floating Cinema at Kings Cross

The Floating Cinema On Tour: Looping the Locks, Brentford to Bristol and back again takes place between 4 June - 2 August 2015.

The Floating Cinema will begin its epic journey from Brentford Lock, travelling along the Kennet & Avon Canal, across West Berkshire and Wiltshire, before arriving to take up residency in Bristol.

Slower pace of life

Highlights include an ‘al fresco’ screening at the gateway to the Thames in Brentford Lock, Lock-a-Thon at Caen Hill Flights (a horse drawn barge procession exploring the Kennet & Avon canal through archive film, local archivists and canal champions), an evening of immersive film, music and experimental projection at the magnificent Crofton Pumping Station and a two-day animation workshop Moonrakers and Movies for young people in Devizes.

The ‘On Tour’ theme celebrates and explores the rich diversity of urban and rural living, a slower pace of life and encourages a playful discovery of local landscapes and heritage through archive film and sound. Floating Cinema On Tour is curated by UP Projects with artist duo Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (Somewhere).

The Floating Cinema will finally take up residence in Bristol’s floating harbour for a week in early July presenting a celebration of home-grown talent in collaboration with Bristol based partners and artists including Arnolfini, Cube Microplex and Bristol Record Office.

An incredible journey

The return journey will feature new work by Floating Cinema artist-in-residence Yann Seznec who will create a floating library of forgotten sounds with communities along the route of the outward journey. It will also premiere Somewhere’s new film ‘Repeat to Flourish’ – a visual odyssey of the Kennet and Avon Canal’s industrial past, subsequent decline and present day renaissance. The boat will also visit local festivals along the route including Reading Water Fest, Newbury Waterways Festival and Bradford-on-Avon Fringe Festival.

Tim Eastop, who produces the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways programme, said: “We’re delighted the team are about to set off, they have an incredible journey ahead of them, on some of the most beautiful canal waters anywhere. They have a range of unusual, high quality screenings, talks and workshops on offer, so I’d encourage people to look out where they might be mooring up near you.

Best cinema experience in Britain

Water reaches into places that, perhaps historically, the arts have struggled to reach, so it will be intriguing to see how both the cinema and the canals will inspire and surprise people. We might be biased, but this must be the best cinema experience in Britain this summer.”

To book tickets and find more information please go to www.floatingcinema.info

Last date edited: 7 July 2015