Celebrate the best of Reading’s great arts, cultural and heritage scene

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Reading Cultural Awards.  Following a hugely successful second year in 2018, Reading UK is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2019 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.

Winners of the 2019 Reading Cultural Awards will be announced at a glitzy awards evening on 24 June at the Hilton Reading.

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK, said:  “The Reading Cultural Awards recognise individual and collective excellence in the arts, culture and heritage in Reading and demonstrate the important role the arts in general play in making Reading such a vibrant place in which to live, work and do business.”

The Reading Cultural Awards 2019 are organised by Reading UK with the generous support of Berkeley Homes, Cream Design, Barton Willmore, Hilton Reading, The Oracle, BBC Radio Berkshire, Reading Chronicle and Reading Central BID (Business Improvement District), Reading Buses and Haslams.

The 2019 categories: Made in Reading Award sponsored by Cream Design; Reading Great Place Award sponsored by Reading UK; Performance of the Year sponsored by Berkeley Homes; Visual Arts Event of the Year; Cultural Space of the Year sponsored by Barton Willmore; Celebrating Reading’s Heritage sponsored by Hilton Reading; Partnership in the Arts sponsored by Reading Buses; Best Education Project sponsored by The Oracle; Festival of the Year sponsored by Haslams; Newcomer of the Year in association with BBC Radio Berkshire; Cultural Organisation of the Year sponsored by The Reading Chronicle and Business Champion of the Arts sponsored by Reading Central BID [see notes for criteria for each award].

Nominations through the Awards website open on Friday 29 March and are open until 26 April. Anyone can nominate an artist, organisation, arts venue or event. All activity must have taken place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.  A shortlist will be announced in May, with the Awards being presented on 24 June.

Winners of the Reading Cultural Awards in 2018 included Being Gordon Greenidge – South Street Arts Centre; Are You Listening Festival; Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahlia Amatina; John Madejski Academy; Reading Tree Wardens/Two Rivers press; Rising Sun Arts Centre; Reading Between The Lines Theatre company; the Oracle; Jelly; Reading Buses.

To nominate, go online at www.readingculturalawards.org  . Tickets for the awards ceremony at the Hilton Reading are also on sale via the website.