Light Up Reading – a trail of lights illuminating Reading town centre

11 November 2016

Thursday 1 December – Saturday 17 December The culmination of Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, will see many of Reading’s landmark buildings illuminated in a unique trail of light around the town over 17 days of December. Light Up Reading is creating 11 installations and light events in the town centre as the finale … Read More

Fantastic Year of Culture volunteer ambassadors recognised by Reading’s Mayor

10 November 2016

Over 30 local people volunteered to be Reading Cultural Ambassadors this autumn, welcoming visitors to Reading at weekends during the first two months of the opening of Reading Prison for Artangel’s ‘Inside’ exhibition. A celebration of their contribution to the town was hosted by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Ayub in the … Read More

Let There Be Dark – launch of Festival of the Dark

8 November 2016

21 December 2016, 7.30pm, The Olympia Ballroom, Reading How would it be if we – just – stopped? For a while. Turned off the lights. and sat – just for a while – in the dark? What might we discover? Rediscover, perhaps? Shall we try? Outrider Anthems launch Reading’s pioneering Festival of the Dark on 21 … Read More

An interview with Tony Robinson

3 November 2016

From the original production of Oliver! and Who Dares Wins to Maid Marian and playing Baldrick in Blackadder, Sir Tony is one of our best-loved actors. He presented Channel 4’s hit archaeology show Time Team for 20 years, has written 16 children’s books and served on Labour’s NEC. As if that wasn’t enough, his new … Read More

The UK’s leading museum of food, farming and the countryside reopens in Reading after £3.3 million redevelopment

19 October 2016

The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, the country’s first and most extensive museum dedicated to agriculture and rural life reopens after  a £3.3 million redevelopment programme with £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Housing an internationally recognised collection of over one million items, the Museum was established in 1951 and grew out … Read More

Focus on town as Reading Writers launches latest anthology

10 October 2016

Creative writing group Reading Writers is launching its latest collection of work next month as part of Reading in Reading month, under the title Tales from our Town. The book is also a celebration of Reading’s Year of Culture 2016. The anthology is an established tradition for the group, which has been inspiring writers in … Read More

Reading’s creative businesses to pitch to the UK’s biggest cultural brands

6 October 2016

Interface: digital ‘speed-dating’ from Shakespeare’s Globe Shakespeare’s Globe, in partnership with Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, and Reading UK CIC, are bringing Interface 2016 to Reading on 24 November. The event will see major names in UK culture such as BAFTA, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate, come to Reading with real commissioning … Read More

The peace which passes all understanding – Robert Fitzmaurice solo exhibition

5 October 2016

Paintings, prints and mixed media exploring the concepts and imagery of peace for our times 6 – 16 December 2016, 1-7pm daily except Monday 12 December, OpenHand Open Space Open evening with artist’s talk: 6-8pm Thursday 8 December This exhibition, which forms part of Reading’s Year of Culture, reflects upon our complex attitudes towards peace. … Read More

Bringing art to launderettes

5 October 2016

Mahlia Amatina, a conceptual artist from Reading, has been selected to receive funding from Reading’s Cultural and Educational Partnership for her participation in the ‘Art in Unusual Places’ initiative during the town’s Year of Culture celebrations. Amatina is in the process of developing an art installation of 80 washing line photos from 80 different countries – … Read More

Julia Jarman – The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle

5 October 2016

Saturday 29 October – 14:00 – 15:00 Author Julia Jarman talks about The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle, a novel inspried by Clleva Atrebatum , the Roman town of Silchester, and artefacts found there, now in Reading Museum. Sponsored by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Please note this event is being held … Read More