Oxjam Reading Takeover – 15 October

23 September 2016

The Oxjam Reading Takeover 2016 will return on Saturday 15 October, taking over Reading, with over 60 great bands playing out in various venues on the day from noon till late. Oxjam Reading is the biggest musical festival in Reading after the READING FESTIVAL! The mission is simple… get Reading rocking in the aisles and … Read More

‘Simonds and Son: Reading’s Beer Revolution’

22 September 2016

Queen’s Head pub, Thursday September 29: 7pm As part of Reading Year of Culture, BBC Radio Berkshire has commissioned a new play about Reading’s brewing heritage. Following on from their successful ‘Celebration of Beer’ event at Reading Town Hall in April, “Simonds and Son: Reading’s Beer Revolution” is written by BAFTA and Radio Academy Award … Read More

Boundless Museum Intervention – John Lockhart exhibition

21 September 2016

Open Hand Open Space, Brock Keep. Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September 2016   11am – 5.30pm Familiar everyday objects and materials become the unexpected and unusual, with threads of nostalgia and patterns emerging. The humour that pervades Lockhart’s work provides a key motif, and brings consistency to the variety of media and forms of display. Mixed … Read More

A stellar month of dance this November as part of Reading 2016

15 September 2016

An ambitious programme of dance takes over Reading this November  (4-27), featuring performances, workshops, participatory projects and professional classes designed to invigorate dance in Reading. The programme, devised by Junction Dance, brings acclaimed dance companies to Reading to perform and run workshops as well as offering a platform to many Reading-based performers. Highlights of the … Read More

A Celebration of Indian Dance, History and Textiles

14 September 2016

The life and work of one of the most acclaimed exponents of classical Indian dance, Ram Gopal, will be celebrated this September with a day of colourful dance, history and costume. The free all day event on Saturday 24th September is being hosted at Reading Central Library. As well as dance workshops and historical talks, … Read More

Young Songwriter Showcase

14 September 2016

Following a successful call for talented young songwriters from the Reading area over the summer, The Rock Academy Foundation is excited to announce the lineup for their Young Songwriter Showcase event at The Jazz Cafe at The Madejski Stadium from 6pm on the evening of Sunday 25th September. The event is part of the Reading 2016 Year of … Read More

A short history of Reading Gaol

13 September 2016

A fascinating insight into the history of Reading Gaol is on offer this month, with a history talk by County Archivist Mark Stevens at Reading Central Library. Members of the public are invited to join Mark on Thursday 22nd September to explore the past of this important Reading landmark, with details spanning the Georgian period … Read More

First Reading in Reading Book Festival line up announced

8 September 2016

Ian Wright, Susie Dent and Tony Robinson are among the speakers joining local authors at the inaugural Reading in Reading Book Festival. The festival takes place at the historic Olympia Ballroom from 28 to 30 October. The London Street venue dates back to the 1700s and has served as a wartime ballroom and the Matrix … Read More

Reading’s historic buildings open this week for Heritage Open Days 2016

8 September 2016

From Thursday to Sunday this week (8-11 September), many of Reading’s heritage buildings are opening specially for Heritage Open Days. From Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September, England’s biggest heritage festival offers the chance to visit a variety of magnificent heritage venues! Don’t miss this once-a year opportunity to discover Reading’s hidden treasures!  Enjoy a … Read More

Explore hidden Reading with Artikinesis

6 September 2016

Turbine House at The Riverside Museum 17 September – 1 October Not far from the hustle of central Reading there is Blake’s Lock. Along this quiet backwater, five artists and a poet came, saw, recorded their findings and expressed their feelings. Artikinesis is a group of artists who live and work in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.  Adeliza, … Read More