'Living' calendar brings festive entertainment to town

Published: 8 Dec 2012 09:300 comments

LIVE entertainment every evening until Christmas is adding some festive cheer to Wokingham. The town's first live advent calendar sees a different entertainer performing at venues around the town centre at 6.15pm each day.

Graham Swannell of Cloud Glider group of singers performed in Wokingham town centre on Monday, December 3

Graham Swannell of Cloud Glider group of singers performed in Wokingham town centre on Monday, December 3

Musicians, artists, poets and actors are all taking part to excite residents in the run-up to Christmas.

The list of locations where events are taking place has been announced, though the identity of performers is being kept a secret.

One of the highlights of the performances is a live nativity play, which takes place at Elms Field on Friday, December 23.

The spectacular show will feature live animals including a donkey, and will be presented by the Anglican Church of the White House School.

The Living Calendar initiative is being organised by Wokingham Town Council and local group MoreArts

Cllr Gwyneth Hewetson, chairwoman of the town council's arts and culture committee, said: "We've always wanted to do something that follows on from the [winter] carnival and this year we've finally cracked it."

There will be charity collections at each event. The four charities to benefit are: Wokingham Rotary Club, WADE (Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly), More Arts and JAC (Just Around the Corner), which aims to give hope to young people living in Wokingham borough.

After they have performed, videos appear on an online Advent calendar. Visit http://advent.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/index2.php

List of remaining dates and locations for Living Calendar events

Dec 8 - Anthony Blay, 27 Rose Street

Dec 9 - Bookends, 9 Peach Street

Dec 10 - Kaanaanmaa, 22 Denmark Street

Dec 11 - Dollshouse Boutique, 2 Rose Street

Dec 12 - Bookends Gift Shop, 12 Peach Street

Dec 13 - Antique Rose, 3 Bush Walk, Market Place

Dec 14 - Waitrose, Rectory Road

Dec 15 - Café Rouge Market Place

Dec 16 - The Roebuck, Market Place

Dec 17 - Martin and Pole, 7 Broad Street

Dec 18 -The Dukes Head, 56 Denmark Street

Dec 19 - Herrington Carmichael, 27 Broad Street

Dec 20 - Barbara Easton Ltd, 7-8 Bush Walk, Market Place

Dec 21 - Waitrose, Rectory Road

Dec 22 - Waitrose, Rectory Road

Dec 23 - Live Nativity at Elms Field, Elms Road

Dec 24 - All Saints' Church, Norreys Avenue

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