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Mary-Venetia Genis FRSA

Mary-Venetia Genis is the founder and artistic director of CultureMix Arts.
Her inspiration and drive comes from her passion for music, art and culture.

In 1997 Mary collaborated with Mangrove leader Matthew Phillip to set up a community steel band project in Reading Berkshire. The band was named Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) in honour of Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra's historic performance at the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Today the company is one of the UK's leading lights in professional carnival music entertainment, education and arts development fulfilling Mary's vision to offer vocational training and realistic employment opportunities in a growing creative industry.

Supported by her creative team Mary works tirelessly to develop RASPO musicians, advocate the schools education programme, negotiate partnerships and ensure the company continues to raise its level of expertise and professionalism.

Celebrating women with creative power - Reading's top ten influential women in culture... get Reading 7 March 2013

Women who inspire others to get involved in the arts in Reading - Progress Theatre chairwoman Steph Weller talks to women who are leading the arts in Reading...
get Reading 13 May 2014

Sue Hoyle, Mary Genis, Rt Hon Chris Smith


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London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony tenichnical rehearsal of Umbrella segment at Olympic Stadium

My Olympic Adventure

Read about Mary's Volunteer Performer role in the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. More...

Pride Of Reading Cultural Champion

Mary and Chris Tarrant

In 2009 Mary received a Cultural Champion Pride of Reading Award from Chris Tarrant for her ground breaking work with Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra.