Reading Literature Festival

30 June 2016

The inaugural Reading Literature Festival (4 – 13 November 2016) will bring together many of the most exciting talents in contemporary writing from across the UK and abroad. Writers include: Hollie McNish, Alice Oswald, Jamie McKendrick, Justyna Bargielska and Jonathan Coe. Growing out of Reading Poetry Festival’s three successful years from 2013-15, the events, which … Read More

Listen to an interview with Nadiya Hussain

27 June 2016

Over 15 million viewers saw Nadiya Hussain crowned Great British Bake Off winner in the most-watched TV broadcast of 2015. As part of Reading 2016 Year of Culture’s June theme of Eat Reading, Nadiya came to Reading Town Hall on 19 June, days after the publication of her first cookbook Nadiya’s Kitchen to talk about her … Read More

Small World Festival

17 June 2016

6 August 11am – 8pm The Biscuit Tin, Station Hill A family friendly celberation of 21st century world music, belding global beats, cutting edge world music and cultures from across our community. Featuring international, national and local talent carefully chosen and curated in a collaboration by the Year of Culture programming team, John Luther ( South … Read More

Gift – 3 July

16 June 2016

From the makers of The Winter Giant, comes a brand new FREE outdoor family show, made in Reading, for Reading,  as part of Reading’s Year of Culture. In a place where anything is possible and nothing is quite what it seems, a passing cloud grows dragon’s teeth, a dark city skyline lights up like a … Read More

The Final Whistle

16 June 2016

A unique play about relationships and dreams set in the home changing room of Reading Football Club Every football fan’s dream of swapping places with their idols on match day comes to life this July in a unique new show set in the home changing room at Reading Football Club. Presented by South Street, The … Read More

Open for Art 2016 – a weekend festival of art

16 June 2016

dance, painting, photography, drawing, trails, drama, illustration, music, talks, walks, performance art, printmaking, textiles, fashion, design, animation and workshops Reading’s three-day festival showcasing our arts, heritage, culture and creative industries. “We are delighted to be bringing back Open for Art for the third year, a celebration of arts, culture and heritage, curated and run by … Read More

New summer listings guide for Reading 2016

15 June 2016

The new What’s On Summer Guide features over 100 events taking place as part of Reading 2016 from mid-June through to mid-September.  The guide will be available from the RG Spaces Year of Culture tricycle at many Reading 2016 events, as well as libraries, leisure centres and other public spaces. It can be downloaded at Summer What’s On … Read More

Bugsy Malone immersive evening and movie screening

9 June 2016

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AND NOT AS ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED (9 SEPTEMBER). Reading’s historic Olympia Ballroom will be transformed into Fat Sam’s Speakeasy for one night only next month as Reading Year of Culture marks the town’s links with Bugsy Malone. Friday September 16 will see an immersive … Read More

Electric Hair Chair – 28 September

9 June 2016

The Ultimate Reading Hairdressing Competition, proudly sponsored by Electric Hair, will crown the town’s best hairdresser for 2016’s Year of Culture. Think that you have got what it takes to win the Reading Hairdressing Trophy? Then take part on the 28th of September at RYND, to see if you have the ultimate skills, to turn … Read More

Ben Hur – 1-3 September

9 June 2016

Reading Rep, in association with The Hexagon and the Year of Culture, are delighted to present Ben-Hur. Join Reading Rep in September for the epic tale of the life and times of Ben-Hur. His extraordinary journey takes him from wealthy merchant to galley slave, to champion charioteer and witness at the Crucifixion. This large-scale production of … Read More