King Henry I of England

29 July 2016

Wed 2 Nov to Sat 19 Nov Venue: St. James’ Church, Forbury Gardens World Premiere of the compelling, epic new play created by Reading Between the Lines, above Henry’s burial site. The founder of Reading Abbey; this is the extraordinary story of William the Conqueror’s ruthless third son and his journey to redemption. Visit for more … Read More

Volunteer ambassadors to welcome prison arts visitors needed

27 July 2016

Following the announcement that international arts organisation Art Angel will be hosting a major international arts event this autumn in Reading Prison, Reading Year of Culture is launching a search for volunteer cultural ambassadors to welcome art lovers to Reading and help them make the most of their visit to the town. The prison will … Read More

Young songwriters wanted for The Rock Academy Showcase

26 July 2016

Are you a songwriter aged 25 or under and based in the Reading area? Whether you perform as a solo artist, duo or band, The Rock Academy Foundation is looking for young songwriters to take part in a showcase event at The Jazz Cafe at The Madejski Stadium on the evening of Sunday 25th September. The event is … Read More

Reading town centre to become a film set

22 July 2016

30th July 10AM – 5PM, Broad St, Reading Reading town centre is being turned into a film set for the day on Saturday 30th of July. We need YOU to take part! Re-Made in Reading is part of the town centre free summer arts programme, ARENA, which is funded by Reading Business Improvement District (BID). … Read More

Reading International; great art coming for everyone in Reading

22 July 2016

World famous artists will turn Reading streets into a public art gallery over the next three years, thanks to a new £1 million project. The Reading International project will bring world-class art to feature more centrally in the lives of Reading residents and visitors in the years ahead – beginning with ‘Inside: artists and writers … Read More

Reading Prison ‘Inside’ extended to 4 December

21 July 2016

Artangel have announced that ‘Inside’ at Reading Prison will be extended to 4 December by popular demand. Over 16,000 people have visited in the first six weeks! They have also announced that Fiona Shaw will read the Ballad of Reading Gaol on Sunday 4 December and that the hugely popular guided walking tours of the … Read More

Tall Tales from the Deep

19 July 2016

Reading libraries, 15 October for nine weeks Think you know poetry? Think again! Families with children between 7 and 13 are beckoned into the watery world of the OCTOPUS! Come and hear a tale about this fascinating creature, created, performed and read by local Spoken Word Artist Becci Louise. Join in with transforming your local library … Read More

Reading in Reading Book Festival

19 July 2016

28-30 October, Olympia Ballroom, London Street After full-house events so far this year with Lucy Worsley, George the Poet and Roger Bannister, Reading Year of Culture presents the inaugural Reading in Reading book festival with top speakers from literature, sport, entertainment and politics to be announced. Events on throughout the weekend Booking at

Big Wow Small Wonder

19 July 2016

12-15 October 2016 in libraries across Reading Reading Arts, Reading Libraries and Beautiful Creatures Theatre have teamed up to launch a new project, bringing together schools, libraries and storytelling to present an exciting programme of theatre for children in Reading’s much loved libraries. Big Wow Small Wonder by Half Moon Theatre is a tall story … Read More

It’s only half time in Reading’s Year of Culture

18 July 2016

Six months into Reading’s year-long celebration of arts and culture, Reading 2016 has taken stock of the year to date and announced new additions to the literature and dance programmes for this autumn. With a different theme for every month, Reading 2016’s ambitious programme has encompassed many different arts and cultural genres, organisations and events, … Read More