Nominations are now open for the 2018 Reading Cultural Awards. Following a hugely successful first year in 2017, Reading UK is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Awards.
The Reading Cultural Awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage with members of the public and arts groups invited to nominate their favourite Reading arts events, venues, artists and organisations across 12 categories.
The Awards were launched on Thursday 15 February at the historic Olympia Ballroom, which will be the venue for the Reading Cultural Awards ceremony on Wednesday 27 June.
Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK, said: “The Reading Cultural Awards recognise individual and collective excellence in the arts, culture and heritage and demonstrate the important role they play in making Reading such a vibrant place. Following a very successful first year, we are delighted to be inviting nominations for this year’s awards and look forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements that make Reading such a great cultural place in which to live, work and do business.”
The Reading Cultural Awards 2018 are generously supported by Cream Design, The Oracle, Haslams, Grant Thornton UK, Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading Business Improvement District, The Banqueting Kitchen & Olympia Ballroom and BBC Radio Berkshire.
The 2018 categories: Made in Reading Award; Cultural Ambassador; Performance of the Year; Visual Arts event; Cultural Space; Celebrating Heritage; Partnership in the Arts; Education; Festival; Young talent; Cultural Organisation and Business Champion of the Arts [see notes for criteria for each award].
Nominations through the Awards website open on Thursday 15 February and are open until 20 April. Anyone can nominate an artist, organisation, arts venue or event. All activity must have taken place between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. A shortlist will be announced in May, with the Awards being presented at The Olympia Ballroom on 27 June.
Winners of the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards in 2017 included Reading Between The Lines theatre company for Henry I, Artangel at Reading Prison, SITELINES theatre in unusual spaces, Berzerk Productions, Jelly, Reading Fringe Festival, Light Up Reading, Haslams Estate Agents, Bulmershe Ensemble, Hidden Abbey project and Alice Knight of Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra.
The awards are being managed for Reading UK by Zsuzsi Lindsay.