Saturday 20 May 2017, 7.30pm

A world first, here in Reading! One of the Festival Director's favourite moment when the Reading Bus pulled in, 'Festival of the Dark, all aboard!" emblazoned on its front screen. A crazy idea actually coming to fruition...!

bus screen    Happy festival goers    bus n rainbow

What was clear about the evening from the start was how game the audience were. They wanted to make the most of it, and nothing would deter them. Not even the one bout of rain that fell heavily for a good 20 minutes. The evening kicked off with a poem by Mel Pryor whilst a great rainbow arced just behind the screen. This was followed by 2 independent shorts: 'My Name is Tomas', an animation on homelessness by Karem Asfuroglu, and one exploring men's mental health, made by a local group led by Real Time. Our mystery feature film was 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' by the Coen Brothers, a contemporary telling of the story of Odysseus. Dark, humorous, great soundtrack, starring our local George Clooney - what more could you ask for? A pop-up bar run by one of our favourite Reading venues, Global Cafe/RISC, and plenty of popcorn and mint humbugs?

magic  dressing up  blue lights

Best feedback: "Fantastic night, would love to do it again!"
"This is what Reading needs!"
"It was an experience I would definitely do again!"
“Delighted that Reading Buses are part of this!” Martijn Gilbert, CEO Reading Buses

Thanks to all those involved who helped it to run smoothly: Reading Buses, Real Time, AV Events, RISC/Global Cafe and World Shop, Photographers Paul Scrivens and Laura Harwood, Caversham Bridge Garden Centre Ltd and our team of excellent volunteers. A final thanks to the Weather Gods who were reasonably merciful and did donate the great rainbow display.

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