The winners of the Reading Cultural
Awards 2019 have been announced.
Reading Cultural Awards 2019
The awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage.
Organised by Reading UK, the Reading Cultural Awards champion the many great organisations and artists that put their creative hearts and souls into Reading.
They recognise the fantastic artists, organisations and events that have made Reading such a great place to live, work and do business over the past 12 months.
The winners and finalists 2019
The Made in Reading Award
A ‘piece’ made by a Reading artist or artists. This could be a performance, visual arts piece or cultural project but must be created within Reading.
Henry II by Reading Between The Lines
In Ruins by South Street Arts Centre/SITELINES
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.
Partnership in the Arts
Demonstrating excellence in partnership working, this could be businesses working with arts organisation(s) or arts partnerships, education etc.
Night in the Ruins (Reading Borough Council/Reading Abbey Revealed project, Are You Listening? Festival, Reading Fringe Festival)
Living Advent Calendar – Steph Weller/Sarah Stuffins/Zsuzsi Lindsay, Reading BID, 100 artists and many local businesses
Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas/A New Coat for Christmas – Reading Rep Theatre, Reading Libraries, Oxford Playhouse, Fintlock Theatre, Jelly
Best Education Project
A project that shows the power of art and culture to engage young people and create high-quality artistic outputs.
A special award to recognise consistently high performance over the last three years.
Reading Rep have excelled in producing innovative high quality productions, taking Reading’s name beyond the town, working tirelessly to integrate educational outcomes into their work, brilliant at partnership working and they have great ambitions and plans for Reading and their own organisation.
The Awards Ceremony
The awards took place at the Hilton Reading on 24 June 2019.
Almost 300 member of Reading's arts community along with the business community came together to celebrate the importance of the arts in making Reading a Great Place to live, work and do business.
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.
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