36 finalists across 12 categories

From over 350 nominations, the judges have whittled the entries down to three finalists in each of the 12 categories. These 36 finalists will be vying to be the winners of the third annual Reading Cultural Awards.

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director of Reading UK, organisers of the awards, said: “The Reading Cultural Awards are going from strength to strength. Now in our third year, the calibre and diversity of the entries has been remarkable – a true testament to the quality of the arts scene in Reading and the impact that arts, culture and heritage make on Reading. We look forward to celebrating all that’s great about the arts in Reading with the finalists, Reading businesses and invited guests on 24 June at the Hilton Reading.”

The awards recognise excellence in arts, culture and heritage with awards in 12 categories to reflect the breadth of the Reading arts scene, including a Made in Reading Award, Great Place Award, Newcomer, Cultural Space Award and Performance of the Year.

Finalists for 2019 reflect the true diversity of the Reading arts scene, including theatre, dance, choral music, art trails, heritage events, Christmas performances, film and festivals, to name a few. Finalists range from amateur groups, to young artists, professional companies, school projects, arts collectives to great venues and Reading businesses that support the arts.

The Awards culminate in a glitzy awards ceremony on 24 June at the Hilton Reading. 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, Reading Central BID (Business Improvement District), Reading Buses and Haslams.

The finalists for the Reading Cultural Awards 2019

 The Made in Reading Award – sponsored by Cream Design

• Henry II by Reading Between The Lines
• Big Blue by Beautiful Creatures
• In Ruins by South Street Arts Centre/SITELINES

Reading Great Place Award – sponsored by Reading UK

• Reading School of Dance
• Reading Fringe Festival
• Mountain Top, a Reading Rep production

Performance of the Year – sponsored by Berkeley Homes

• Birdsong by Progress Theatre
• A Christmas Carol by Reading Between The Lines
• Golden Day by Reading Phoenix Choir

 Visual arts event of the year

• Reading International
• Caversham Arts Trail
• Open for Art

 Cultural space of the year – sponsored by Barton Willmore

• Open Hand Open Space
• South Street Arts Centre
• Milk

 Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award – sponsored by Hilton Reading

• Reading Abbey Revealed
• Henry II by Reading Between The Lines
• Turn Tilehurst Red

 Partnership in the arts – sponsored by Reading Buses

• Night in The Ruins – Reading Borough Council/Reading Abbey Revealed project, Are You Listening? Festival, Reading Fringe Festival
• Living Advent Calendar – Steph Weller/Sarah Stuffins/Zsuzsi Lindsay (producers), Reading BID, 100 artists and many local businesses
• Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas/A New Coat for Christmas – Reading Rep Theatre, Reading Libraries, Oxford Playhouse, Fintlock Theatre, Jelly.

Best Education Project – sponsored by The Oracle

• Give and Take by Soulscape, Reading Rep and Activate Learning
• After School Art School by Jelly
• Creative Arts Department at Brookfields School

Festival of the Year – sponsored by Haslams

• Readipop Festival
• Open for Art
• Here Comes The Sun

Newcomer of the Year – in association with BBC Radio Berkshire

• Reside Dance
• Charles West
• Double Okay Group

 Cultural Organisation of the Year – sponsored by Reading Chronicle

• Reading Film Theatre
• Open Hand Open Space
• Reading International

Business Champion of the Arts – sponsored by Reading BID

  • Broad Street Mall
  • Thames Tower
  • Haslams