WhitFest, Whitley’s annual community arts festival, was back this year organised and managed by Creative Junction.
The WhitFest event on Saturday 22nd July hosted in the outdoor grounds of John Madejski Academy included a range of creative activities for visitors to join in with plus music and performances from local schools and groups and representation from local groups and charities.
This free event was fun for all the family: with the community joining us from 11-3pm for music making, doodle art, playdoh craft, cut up poetry, face painting, storytelling, drama workshops and much more.
There was also dance, music and drama performances to watch whilst enjoying an ice cream and opportunities to find out what’s going on in the area from local groups and charities.
Gearing up for WhitFest, Creative Junction offered a number of free drop-in workshops which took place across Whitley. Inspired by Whitley’s name, meaning The White Wood, as mentioned in the Domesday Book http://www.reading.co.uk/whitley/, residents created poetry on this theme. All of the poems were exhibited in a special installation at WhitFest and opportunities to add your own.
Compeering the event was John Madejski BTEC performing Arts students who created a performance schedule especially for WhitFest audiences!
The weather didn’t dampen spirits and as one visitor commented it was ‘a great event for Whitley’!
WhitFest is developed by local charity Aspire2. It is a Whitley-centred annual event, aiming to use the arts to make a positive difference to people’s lives.