Messing around by the river! ; RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL Victoria EmbankmentNottingham's premier summer event - the Riverside Festival - is back at Victoria Embankment this weekend. Oonagh Robinson picks out this year's highlights
IT'S become one of the biggest events in the calendar for Nottingham folk and this year's Riverside Festival promises more colourful entertainment, music and family fun.
Head to Victoria Embankment for this two-and-a-half day extravaganza, which starts this evening (6pm-10.30pm), continues tomorrow (noon-11.30pm) and Sunday (noon-6.30pm).
Nottingham City Council describes Riverside as its largest family festival and this year is positively crammed with live music, arts activities, street theatre, fairground rides, craft markets and a firework display.
Sports Zone, very popular in 2012, returns and is an opportunity for all the family to try a range of activities for free, with sessions offered by members of Nottingham's sports clubs, including: Have-a-go archery Scale the Heights climbing wall Golf - free tuition by the Professional Golf Association Hockey challenge - Beat the Goalie Fastest Serve tennis competition Hands on Learn to Fish - the Environment Agency.
In addition, there are demonstrations and instructions in football, rugby, beach handball, boxing and netball.
There will be a host of other activities, including a street fair with rides and games and live music performances. Performers include: Future Sound of Nottingham winners and main stage Splendour Festival opening act The Gorgeous Chans - upbeat and lively indie-pop. Happening artist Alice Francis, combining sounds of the roaring twenties with digital opportunities of the 21st century - very much music of today with echoes of the past - but red hot and relevant right now.
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, of Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe fame - the popular parody artist performs his own unique brand of chap hop as opposed to hip hop.
The Bandstand Stage hosts an afternoon of country and western music on Sunday, with The John Gill Band, The Red Dirt Skinners, Cold flame and Booba Dust.
Street theatre performers will also be on hand to provide entertainment along walkways, and an opportunity to step back in time and see a display of traditional steam engines and organs.
Or you can wander around the street market and explore global crafts and food stalls with flavours from across the world.
Children are well catered for this year, thanks to Artcore's professional artists Annette Waterfield and Cath Connolly in the Arts Zone.
Kids are invited to join in the two year Web of Water project by creating artworks with water colours showing how water touches us in our everyday lives.
The most striking works will be selected as part of a future exhibition to tour the East Midlands. Other workshops offer card making and collage, sand casting and block printing using sequins and mirrors to decorate panels.
If you're after something more active, head to Pedro's circus skill workshops and get the chance to learn how to juggle, do Diablo, spin plates and more.
Saturday evening is one of the highlights thanks to a show- stopping fireworks display on the banks of the River Trent.
It will light up the skies at 10.30pm.
On Sunday, the dragon boat challenge returns with corporate teams battling it out for charity throughout the day followed by the ever- popular annual duck race at 4.30pm.
Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: The Festival offers free fun for all across the weekend. Whether you have young children or attend with friends, there's something for everyone. For more information about the Riverside Festival go to: mynottinghamcity. gov.uk/riverside.
LET THERE BE MUSIC: What's on when and where FRIDAY Monument Stage: 7.30pm - The Gorgeous Chans 9pm - The Steve McGill Band SATURDAY Monument Stage: 2pm - Sandeep Raval presents Drum Travel 4pm - Ducie 5.45pm - Son Yambu 7.15pm - Alice Francis 9pm - Txarango Big Top Stage: 2.30pm - Folk Afternoon, featuring Bushbury Mountain Daredevils 6.15pm - Joe Danks 7.45pm - Flats and Sharps 9.15pm - Kelly's Heroes Bandstand Stage: Including Live and Local, an afternoon of music showcasing local talent from Nottingham 2pm - The Honey Effect 2.50pm - Sam Bennett 3.50pm - GOA Choir 4.50pm - Brad Dear 5.50-pm - The Joe Strange Band 7pm - The Loophole Project 8pm - Leo and the Seraphim 9pm - Mr B, The Gentleman Rhymer SUNDAY Monument Stage: 1.15pm - Swing Zazou 3pm - GMH Salon Okestra 4.45pm - Sarah Savoy and the Francadians Big Top Stage: 1pm - Hucknall & Linby MC Brass Band 3.30pm - Mood Indigo 5pm - Dagadana Bandstand Stage: 12.30pm - The John Gill Band 2pm - The Red Dirt Skinners 3.30pm - Cold Flame 5pm - Booba Dust
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