ARENA 2017 – a summer of arts and culture in Reading town centre

4 April 2017

  Reading Business Improvement District (BID) has announced the 2017 ARENA programme of Reading town centre arts and cultural events. Running in July and August, ARENA will celebrate the best work of Reading’s arts and cultural organisations through a diverse programme of free outdoor events, taking as their theme for 2017 – Reading’s waterways. ARENA … Read More

Reading shortlisted for major cultural placemaking award

20 March 2017

Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, has been shortlisted in the Planning and Placemaking Awards 2017 for “Best Use of Arts, Culture or Sport in Placemaking”. The Awards, run by Planning magazine in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource, recognise excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design and economic development. Reading UK CIC, which … Read More

Reading secures £550k ‘Great Place’ cultural funding award

16 March 2017

Ambitions to secure Reading’s position as a leading cultural destination have been given a major boost this week with the award of a £550k Great Place Scheme grant. Reading Borough Council and its partners – including Reading UK CIC, are celebrating after successfully securing a grant of £558,471 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Arts … Read More

Reading schools link with Nepal on international arts project

13 March 2017

Pupils at six secondary schools in and around Reading will be the envy of artists everywhere with their artwork on display to millions of people on the South Bank of the River Thames as part of Totally Thames this September. Rivers of the World is the Thames Festival Trust’s flagship art and education project delivered … Read More

Grand re-opening for South Street Arts Centre

22 February 2017

Reading’s much loved arts centre, South Street, celebrated the end of its £800k major improvement work this February. The arts centre has been revamped to feature new seating, toilets, dressing rooms and a brand new purpose built bar.  The theatre now boasts state of the art intelligent LED lighting, new staging and fully equipped technical … Read More

Ladybird Books Gallery to launch with new climate change artwork

10 February 2017

The first and only permanent exhibition of Ladybird Books artwork will be launched at the University of Reading, to coincide with the release of a new book penned by HRH The Prince of Wales. The gallery, located within the University’s newly-refurbished Museum of Rural English Life (MERL), contains more than 20,000 illustrations.It will include artwork … Read More

Artists to perform at “Düsseldorf at the Reading Fringe Festival 2017”

1 February 2017

To celebrate 70 years of the special relationship between Reading and Düsseldorf, some of the German city’s finest artists will be coming to Reading to perform during Reading Fringe Festival this July. Reading and Dusselfdorf have had close links since 1947, just after the end of the Second World War and it is probably the … Read More

Reading Bach Choir 50th anniversary programme

1 February 2017

Reading Bach Choir is an amateur choir based in Reading, consisting of 40-50 members, passionate about achieving the highest possible standards. The choir gives four concerts a year, in and around Reading, Berkshire. Some are a cappella and others are with professional soloists & instrumentalists. The repertoire is very varied – from the Renaissance to … Read More

Ray Atkins; The Reading Years

1 February 2017

Sat 28 January – Sat 6 May 2017, Reading Museum, Reading The exhibition will consist of 12 great paintings by Ray Atkins in Reading Museum’s Sir John Madejski Art Gallery. Some of these huge paintings have not been exhibited before. An exhibition for art lovers and people who remember Reading in the early 1970s, the last time … Read More