News article created on 4 June 2018

Festival by the river in Worcester

Ten days of art, music, dance, poetry, food, and drink are coming to Worcester this June, with a specially built shimmering pavilion taking centre stage in South Quay.

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The Weorgoran Pavilion is the creation of award-winning art, architecture and design studio NEON as part of The Ring arts programme, which is running throughout spring and summer to celebrate the county’s rivers and canals.

NEON has teamed up with company Shimmerwalls to create the amazing stage especially for the festival, a sculptural pavilion that takes its inspiration from the ancient origin of the name Worcester. Made up of 100,000 sequins that will move in reaction to air and music as well as shimmer with natural light, it will offer an immersive experience for all who visit it. It will also feature a commissioned soundscape, Shire Skies, by acclaimed Ledbury-born composer, musician and beatboxer Dave Crowe, that will play at selected times throughout the ten days.

The Weorgoran Pavillion will host a fabulous feast of entertainment over the ten days, with premier acts K.O.G (LIVE), Hotsteppas, Clik Clik Collective, Holly Holden, Snazzback, Matuki and The Brass Funkeys entertaining the crowds in the evenings; all for free. During the day there’s everything from storytelling with Cat Weatherill to Drum Love workshops and RSVP Bhangra, with displays and workshops galore from local talents including the brilliant Dancefest.

Ambitious and beautiful design 

Cathy Mager, artistic director of The Ring, says: "We’re are so excited that the festival is finally here and we’ll be seeing incredible artists from across the region including many of Worcestershire’s talented resident artists. The Weorgoran Pavilion by NEON is an ambitious and beautiful design and will host a huge array of workshops, arts and music."

Mark Nixon, NEON says: "It has been a pleasure to research and respond to the legacy of the canal and waterways of the area through the duration of this project."

Tim Eastop, executive producer of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways programme says: "It’s amazing to have such a rich cast of artists and performers converging on Worcester in June next to the River Severn at South Quay. The canals and rivers here have long been an inspiration to artists from all disciplines and it will be wonderful to see this new wave of creativity released onto NEON’s brilliant sculptural stage."

All workshops are completely free of charge but spaces are limited, please book here. Thanks to our event sponsor, OLPRO.