Sadly, the Reading Cultural Awards
won’t be taking place this year. Thank
you to everyone who took the time to
nominate your favourite artists or event.
We hope to be able to recognise our great
cultural sector properly when the time is
Reading Cultural Awards 2020
It is a great shame that this year we won't be celebrating Reading's great cultural sector through the Reading Cultural Awards. The Awards, which would have been in their fourth year in 2020, celebrate the many great organisations and talented people that put their creative hearts and souls into Reading and that have made it such a great place to live, work and do business over the past 12 months.
We are no longer accepting nominations for the Reading Cultural Awards 2020. Thank you to everyone who has already nominated. We hope to find a way to celebrate all those nominations.
Reading Central Business Improvement District (BID) is the overall awards sponsor. The BID supports and promotes Reading’s night-time economy businesses to make Reading town centre a safe, attractive and enjoyable place to visit. The awards are also supported by Cream Design, Reading UK, What’s On Reading, Barton Willmore, Purple Turtle, Reading Buses, The Oracle, Hardings Print Solutions, BBC Radio Berkshire, Berkeley Homes, The Reading Chronicle, Crumbs Food Co and Hilton Reading.
Categories and criteria
Nominations are no longer being accepted.
Reading UK is the originator and organiser of the Reading Cultural Awards. As part of our work as the economic development company for Reading, we have invested in projects such as the Reading Thames Festival and whatsonreading.com. We recognise the role that the arts, culture and heritage plays in making Reading an exciting place to work, live or do business. Reading UK also manages the two Business Improvement Districts (BID) in Reading town centre. An important strand of the BIDs' work is to make the town centre a great place to visit and work. Investing in and encouraging a vibrant central arts scene is part of that work.
The winners and finalists 2019
Partnership in the Arts
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
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.