The finalists shortlisted for the Reading Cultural Awards 2017 have been announced by Reading UK CIC.

The inaugural Reading Cultural Awards have received over 350 nominations celebrating the town’s arts, cultural and heritage. The entries have now been whittled down to 50 finalists across 12 categories who will be vying to be one of the first winners of the Reading Cultural Awards.

Reading’s brilliant cultural scene reached new heights during last year’s Reading Year of Culture. Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director of Reading UK CIC, organisers of the awards, said: “We were absolutely delighted to have received over 350 nominations for the first year of the awards, which demonstrates not only the range and depth of the cultural scene in Reading but the level of support for the arts locally. Arts and culture are at the heart of what makes Reading such a great place to live, work and do business. The 50 finalists for the Reading Cultural Awards 2017 represent the cream of creativity in our town.”

The awards were open to everyone involved in the arts in Reading in any form and recognise excellence in arts and culture with awards in 12 categories to reflect the breadth of the Reading arts scene, including a Made in Reading Award, Cultural Ambassador Award, Young Talent, Cultural Space Award and Performance of the Year.

They will culminate in a glitzy awards ceremony on 29 June at the historic Olympia Ballroom. The Awards are sponsored by Reading UK CIC, the Olympia Ballroom and The Banquet Kitchen (Catering).

Prianka Dillon the Managing Director of the Olympia Ballroom and The Banquet Kitchen (Catering) said: “The arts and culture scene of any town represents the heart and spirit of that community; the Olympia Ballroom is absolutely delighted to play host to the celebration of the heart and spirit of Reading town, which we proudly call home!”

To read the list of finalists and all the nominations, visit


Reading UK CIC
Reading UK CIC is the economic development company for Reading. Part of the management group for Reading 2016, funder of the ARENA programme through our management of the BID and leading on the new Reading-on-Thames Festival, Reading UK CIC believe that arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of what makes Reading tick. Reading’s cultural identity plays an important role in making Reading an exciting place to work, live or do business.

The Olympia Ballroom
Located in the heart of Reading town centre on London Street, The Olympia Ballroom is one of the largest indoor venue hire locations in Berkshire. The conveniently central location, exquisite architecture and interior lends itself to corporate and private venue hire events. The main ballroom remains virtually unchanged to this day, with its original domed structure still intact.
The Ballroom is filled with history dating back to the 1700s. Through the 60s, many great well known bands played at The Olympia. Including bands such as The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Birds. Today, The Olympia Ballroom continues to attract the surrounding communities with the most impressive event hire space in Berkshire, available for Weddings, Corporate Events and Community Gatherings.