Flamboyance; Whitley’s First Winter Lights Festival

24 February 2016

27 February, 5-7pm, Long Barn Recreational Ground Whitley’s first winter light festival will unravel the transformative tale of the Oracle and her pet chameleon. Flamboyance ‘Night Time Day Dreaming’ is created by The Annual Daydream Harvest and members of the local community. It is also the launch event for WhitFest 2016, a community arts festival in … Read More

New art gallery to open to the public as part of Reading’s Year of Culture

19 February 2016

An innovative gallery originally designed as a therapeutic space for patients and their visitors is set to become a new public art space for Reading. ArtScope Gallery, based at Circle Hospital in South Reading, will open to the public six days a week from Tuesday 23 February. This new gallery exhibits the work of over … Read More

Famous names from the worlds of design, history and dance announced for Reading’s Year of Culture ‘An Audience with’ programme

3 February 2016

Following the inaugural ‘An Audience with’ Sir Roger Bannister in January, Reading 2016 has announced three more special events in the series. The next ‘An Audience with..’ will feature two of the UK’s leading designers, Coralie Bickford-Smith and Paul Barnes, at Waterstones in Broad Street on 24 February. In addition, historian, curator and presenter of … Read More

Get funding for your Year of Culture project

26 January 2016

A wide range of local arts and cultural groups have been the recipients of grants from Reading Cultural Partnership as part of the first part of the programme of Reading 2016, Reading’s year of culture. Now, the Partnership would like to invite local groups to bid for funding for Reading 2016 events from April to … Read More

FAQs for Exercise Book

25 January 2016

How do I sign up? Follow this link https://register.canbook.me/yearofcultures-event, tickets are £5 per person. How do I listen to the music? Follow this link to listen and download https://soundcloud.com/user-837507758 How do I know which is the right tune for me to run to? Martyn Harry has given his expert opinion below! I am Martyn Harry … Read More

An Evening of Art at Art Scope Gallery

21 January 2016

Art Scope Gallery, Circle Reading, 100 Drake Way, Reading RG2 0NE 27 February, 7.30pm 40 artists will be displaying more than 100 pieces of art in a contemporary space. All can be bought on the evening with 30% of proceeds going to charity. Organised by Reading Matins Rotary Club with CircleReading and Haslams Estates Agents. … Read More

Reading to literally ‘Get fit for Culture’ with new music commission

20 January 2016

The world premiere of a new suite of musical compositions by Oxford composer Martyn Harry will power runners in Reading, Berkshire around a five kilometre course on 30 January. Exercise Book is the result of a commission by Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, to create a playlist of new work to accompany exercise. The … Read More

Programme highlights of Reading 2016: January – March 2016

4 December 2015

The first three months of Reading’s Year of Culture will be packed with a cornucopia of fun and inspiring workshops, performances, installations, lectures and showcases. Next year’s celebration was launched today (4 December) giving a flavour of what to expect in 2016, including a world music premiere, a new design for Reading and a festival … Read More

Reading 2016: Year of Culture officially launched

4 December 2015

A place of innovation, imagination and magic Reading 2016, a year-long celebration of the arts, culture and heritage in Reading, was launched today (Friday 4 December) in Reading town centre. Providing a flavour of what to expect in the first few months of 2016, the programme will include a world music premiere, a new design … Read More