Virtual events and creative activities from Reading’s creative sector

In the light of government advice about social distancing and self-isolation because of Covid-19, many of us have been disappointed to see arts events, workshops, classes, etc cancelled orpostponed.

BUT DO NOT FEAR! The good news is that local culture and arts organisations are already looking at creative ways to continue to share their work and encourage everyone to keep creative. Here’s a list of some things we know about. We’re sure there is more going on out there so hit us with your good news stories and we’ll add them to the list.

Over to You

We know that as artists you like creating and creating without a platform is a bit sad…so here are some of things that will keep your creative juices flowing. Opportunities to get involved and still share your practice!


Jelly have spotted that children in Spain have started to draw pictures of rainbows and displaying them in their windows as a symbol of hope. They are encouraging the people of Reading to fill their windows with rainbows. Then when people are on their isolation approved walks (keeping 2 metres from any other people) they can play a giant game of eye spy. Jelly are also encouraging people to send in photos of their rainbows and have started to share them on their social media.

Dance Reading

Dance Reading are looking to do a new video featuring Reading’s dancers. They are asking you to send them a video using the spaces in your home creatively to dance in / through and around. They encourage “choreography in the corridor, salsa on the stairs & bellydancing in the bath (dressed!) we want it all so we can compile an awesome video of dance inspired in isolation.” Please get in touch via their social media or email them at

Happening now and ongoing

Feeling sad about not getting out, and still need your cultural fix? Then check out what these fantastic organisations are doing!

Both Reading Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life have committed to sharing information, stories and pictures from their collections on social media and their websites while they are closed.

Click here for Reading Museum website

Click here for Museum of English Rural Life website

Stand & Deliver Comedy have been filming their recent shows and will be releasing sets from comedians over YouTube in the coming weeks – the first one went live on 19th March

Read College have started live streaming their classes for students via Zoom – see

This weekend

The March to the Gaol on 21st March has had to be postponed but rather than abandon the whole idea the organisers are encouraging everyone to do a virtual march at home then post a video with the hashtag #SaveReadingGaol, or if you are a performer / artist of any sort, share 30 seconds of what you do in support of the cause.

Nicole Monique Johnson is hosting a Facebook Live gig at 4pm on Saturday 21st March. For more details see

Ma Bessie will be streaming a gig recorded last year over Facebook at 7.30 on Saturday 21st March. For more details see

Next week

From Monday 24th March A. F. Harrold will be releasing a kids poetry podcast three times a week for seven weeks. He describes it as: the A.F. Harrold Limited Edition Kids Poetry Podcast (or AFHLEKPoPod for short) and each episode is about three or four minutes long, consisting of a fake sponsorship message for the intro, a single poem, and a suggestion of what to do if you didn’t enjoy it by way of outro. Further details will be announced via his Facebook page at

From 24th March Rabble are offering one-hour drama lessons every weekday – three levels: primary, KS3-4, A-level. They will be setting tasks to record and send back for feedback. They will keep it as cheap as possible – message for more information. They are also working on streaming their Monday evening and Saturday classes.