Saturday, 15 December 2018

Year of culture in store in Reading

A YEAR-LONG celebration of the arts, culture and heritage is to take place in Reading.

A YEAR-LONG celebration of the arts, culture and heritage is to take place in Reading.

Events lined up for “Reading 2016” include a world music premiere, a new design for the town and a festival looking at its future.

The celebration has been designed to bring new artists and experiences to Reading, showcase the range of arts, culture and heritage events and organisations in the town, and give residents and visitors opportunities to try out a wide range of new cultural experiences.

According to the organisers, Reading 2016 “will place culture at the centre of Reading life and raise the quality and ambition of its arts and cultural offering” — putting the town well and truly on the UK’s cultural map.

Devised with a unique theme for every month of 2016, the programme will feature a high-quality lead event or project for each theme, with associated events being created by local arts and culture organisations.

Throughout the year, Reading’s burgeoning cultural community will also showcase their talent and ideas with a large number of “Made in Reading” events.

Reading 2016 kicks off in January with Get Fit for Culture, which will challenge people to start the New Year by trying out a new cultural activity.

Events include Shakespeare workshops from Reading-based theatre company Reading Between The Lines and some workshops for children based on Oscar Wilde’s children’s stories from

Nature Nurture

Then on Saturday, January 30, a world premiere especially for Reading 2016 will invite runners, fitness enthusiasts, active families, musicians and the curious to participate in a fun five-kilometre run to the accompaniment of a specially commissioned music track.

Written by Oxford professor of music Martyn Harry,

Exercise Book
will take place in Palmer Park and encompass both live and recorded music. Places are available to book now.

Other themes being embraced by Reading 2016 throughout the year include design, the future of Reading, theatre, heritage, food, music, comedy, literature, dance and illuminations.

In addition, a specially commissioned lecture series by leading thinkers will take place at Reading Town Hall throughout the year.

Reading 2016 cultural adviser Mark Prescott said: “The ambition is to make Reading a place of innovation, imagination and magic in 2016, inspiring residents, visitors and the local arts community throughout the year by putting culture at the heart of the town.

“By pairing nationally-recognised artists with Reading’s vibrant cultural communities, we aim to make Reading a fabulous place to both enjoy and make art.”

Full details of other events will be available in January, with more being released in phases throughout 2016. Visit

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