An exhibition in a launderette, a celebration of West Indian cricketer Gordon Greenidge and a full orchestra performing at Reading Station were among the winners at the Reading Cultural Awards 2018

John Madejski Academy Performing Arts – winners of Best Young Talent Award

Reading UK has announced the winners of the 2018 Reading Cultural Awards. Presented at a glittering awards ceremony at the Olympia Ballroom, the Awards recognised the finest events, artists and organisations in the fields of arts, culture and heritage in Reading.

Nearly 600 nominations were submitted for the 2018 awards which the judging panel whittled down to 38 finalists across 12 categories in the 2018 Reading Cultural Awards.

Winners included a music festival which raises money for Reading Mencap, Are You Listening Festival; a musical performance on Reading Station – Schumann at the Station by Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra; a pop-up exhibition tackling the subject of autism, located in launderettes, Around the World in 80 Washing Lines by Mahlia Amatina; a play celebrating West Indian cricketer Gordon Greenidge’s association with Reading; the John Madejski Academy Performing Arts department; and a book about the wonderful trees to be found in Reading, The Shady Side of Town by Reading Tree Wardens and Two Rivers Press.  There was also a special ‘Outstanding contribution to the arts’ award from the judges to the Rising Sun Arts Centre. Full list of winners at

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director of Reading UK, organisers of the awards, said: “Arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of what makes Reading such a great place to live, work, visit and do business. Our 13 winners are great ambassadors for creativity in our town, but with nearly 600 entries, these awards celebrate the vibrancy, diversity and depth of the whole cultural scene in Reading.”

The awards were hosted by Bridgitte Tetteh of BBC Radio Berkshire, who was joined on stage to present the awards by Hedley Swain of Arts Council England, Andrew Brown of Historic England, Sir John Madejski of The Breeze 107 Reading and Councillor Sarah Hacker of Reading Borough Council, among others, as well as representatives of the Awards’ sponsors.

The Awards are organised by Reading UK, with support from Haslams, Jacobs the Jewellers, the Olympia Ballroom and The Banquet Kitchen, BBC Radio Berkshire, The Oracle Shopping Centre, Cream Design, Barton Willmore, Grant Thornton UK, The Breeze 107 Reading, The Reading Chronicle and Reading Business Improvement District.

More information about the winners and finalists at