Reading Place of Culture Year 1 Report

29 October 2019

Reading Borough Council, Reading UK and Reading University are jointly leading on Reading’s ‘Great Places Scheme’, an initiative that links several national funders, to promote a significant improvement of arts, culture and heritage activity in a specific location. Reading’s project ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ works across three main strands, aiming to make Reading a better … Read More

Funding for community arts projects

25 July 2019

Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the third year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Two pots of £20K and one pot of £30K are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 … Read More

Finalists for the Reading Cultural Awards 2019 announced

24 May 2019

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 … Read More

Young People’s Mental Health Pilot

11 April 2019

Apply for funding to deliver an innovative artistic project to research, trial and develop art, culture or heritage activities that will impact on children and young people’s mental health. Reading Borough Council seeks to appoint an organisation to develop and run a pilot project focused on understanding needs and improving the mental health of children … Read More

Reading Cultural Awards 2019 nominations open

29 March 2019

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 … Read More

The High Sheriff of Berkshire’s Concert with The London Mozart Players

13 September 2018

A personal account of one of this year’s Reading-on-Thames Festival events by Megan Siarey, festival marketing intern.  Reading’s Concert Hall was once again taken over by the soaring melodies of music, this time from the London Mozart Players. This event was kindly sponsored by the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Graham Barker. As Graham said in … Read More

Local Heroes announced!

13 September 2018

The Local Heroes commission is to document in portrait people who have done something amazing for our town. The selected nominees represent the broad spectrum of Reading’s cultural, social and community life. Reviewing the nominations were Larry Watson from the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Mary Genis from CultureMix, and Steph Weller, Reading on Thames Festival … Read More


12 September 2018

  Internationally renowned showmakers Cirque Bijou have created a new event for the Reading-on-Thames festival – and you can be part of it!    Event: Reading-on-Thames Festival, A Circus Soiree Location: Caversham Court Gardens, Church Rd, Reading RG4 7AD Arrival: 3pm (singers; dancers); 4pm (marching band players) Event times: 18:30-21:00 Rehearsal on the day: There will be a run through for … Read More

The Midnight Run Artist Announcement

11 September 2018

The Midnight Run (MNR) lands in Reading on Saturday, to take you on a walking, arts-filled, night-time cultural journey through the town’s hidden and urban spaces. Bringing together strangers and local artists, MNR will see you explore, play and create, whilst Reading sleeps. The MNR aims to break down social barriers and provide a platform … Read More