Details of application process for the Festival Director

Reading is a Great Place – its vibrant arts and cultural scene is in the ascendancy following a successful first Year of Culture last year. Reading 2016 included the temporary opening of Reading Prison by Artangel and 3000 theatre-goers enjoying the premiere of Henry I King of England. Much of this activity was celebrated again this summer at the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards.

The Reading-on-Thames Festival is a key legacy project from Reading 2016. It has been created by the team behind Reading’s Year of Culture to showcase local and national cultural talent against the stunning backdrop of the River Thames as it flows through the heart of Reading. Reading is serious about its cultural profile and we aim to make Reading a cultural destination.

The Festival will take place for the first time this September over eight days in the heart of Reading with Walk The Plank and Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company among the cultural organisations taking part.

On behalf of 2018’s festival, Reading UK is looking to recruit an experienced and creative festival director to work with Reading’s key cultural stakeholders to lead the festival into its second year and grow its reputation. This is an exciting opportunity to work on one of only 16 schemes across the country which is funded by a new joint funding initiative by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England – the Great Places Scheme.

We have ambitions to grow the Reading-on-Thames Festival into a sustainable, major fixture in the national arts calendar and we welcome applications from experienced arts professionals to help us in this regard.

Reading UK is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from people of different backgrounds and all sections of the community.

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The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 September. Interviews will take place on 17 October.

More about this year’s festival at For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Alex Brannen, Reading UK, on 0118 937 4341.