Following the success of last year’s first ever Reading Cultural
Awards, the Awards are back to celebrate the best of Reading’s
artistic and cultural scene – the events, organisations and artists
that have made Reading such a great place to live, work and do
business over the past 12 months.
Organised by Reading UK, the Awards champion the many great
organisations and artists that put their creative hearts and souls
into Reading. Help us celebrate their achievements by nominating
them for an award – there are 12 categories to choose from and
the nomination process is very quick and simple.
To nominate, select your category and tell us why they deserve to be recognised in a maximum of 500 words.
The activity must have taken place in the Reading area between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.
Deadline for entries is 20 April and the Awards will be presented at a glitzy awards ceremony at The Olympia Ballroom on Wednesday 27 June.
Please use the nomination form further down this page.
Visual Arts Event of the Year
Fine art, film, etc. – the event will have been well regarded in Reading when it took place here but does not necessarily need to have been made in Reading.
Please use this form to give us as much information about who you are nominating and why you are nominating them. Thank you very much for your time, we look forward to reading your nomination.
Nominations open – 16 February
Awards ceremony tickets on sale – 16 February
Deadline for entries – 20 April
Long list announced - 5 May
Shortlist announced – 24 May
Awards ceremony – 27 June
Book a place at the Awards Ceremony
The Reading Cultural Awards take place on the evening of Wednesday 27 June at the fabulous Olympia Ballroom. Tickets for this event, which will be hosted by BBC Radio Berkshire’s Bridgitte Tetteh and include a stunning three course dinner, are on sale now. Book your individual ticket or a table of 10 here.
Reading UK is the economic development company for Reading. Part of the management group for Reading 2016, funder of the ARENA programme through our management of the BID and the creator of the new Reading-on-Thames Festival, Reading UK believe that arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of what makes Reading tick. Reading’s cultural identity plays an important role in making Reading an exciting place to work, live or do business.
The Olympia Ballroom
Located in the heart of Reading town centre on London Street, The Olympia Ballroom is one of the largest indoor venue hire locations in Berkshire. The conveniently central location, exquisite architecture and interior lends itself to corporate and private venue hire events. The main ballroom remains virtually unchanged to this day, with its original domed structure still intact. The Ballroom is filled with history dating back to the 1700s. Through the 60s, many great well known bands played at The Olympia. Including bands such as The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Birds. Today, The Olympia Ballroom continues to attract the surrounding communities with the most impressive event hire space in Berkshire, available for Weddings, Corporate Events and Community Gatherings. More information at shehnaigroup.co.uk
The Made in Reading Award
A ‘piece’ made by a Reading artist or artists. This could be a performance, visual arts piece or project created within Reading:
Reading Place of Culture Ambassador Award
Sponsored by Reading UK CIC. An artistic endeavour that has promoted Reading’s talent or Reading as a cultural destination to a wider audience:
Cultural Space of the Year
Dedicated arts venues, unusual spaces used for art – this award recognises the diversity of great places to enjoy and perform art and cultural activities in Reading:
Visual Arts Event of the Year
Fine art, film, etc – the event will have been well regarded in Reading when it took place here but does not necessarily need to have been conceived in Reading:
Performance of the Year
Music, theatre, dance – this performance will have caused ripples in Reading and been widely acclaimed. The performance must have taken place in Reading but does not necessarily need to have been made in Reading: