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All the latest news and updates from across the arts, culture and heritage community in Reading.

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First names announced for Here Comes The Sun Festival 2022

After an enforced break of two years, The Rising Sun Arts Centre is proud to announce that the Here Comes The Sun music and arts festival will finally return on Saturday 6th August. And while it'll be a slightly different, slightly smaller festival this year there are still big plans and an impressive line-up of local acts. The first artistes to be announced include a bevy of new names and familiar faces, all appearing on The Sun Stage.

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New Mind-Blowing Virtual Reality Experience Coming to Reading

New Mind-Blowing Virtual Reality Experience Coming to Reading

meetspaceVR, the UK’s first arena-scale, free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality [VR] entertainment centre is opening its next venue in Thatcham on Friday 17th June. Visitors will be able to experience the very best in virtual reality gaming, all under one roof. With a huge variety to choose from, meetspaceVR Reading will become the hub for virtual and augmented reality experiences in the Thames Valley. 

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Whiteknights Studio Trail - Visiting Artists and more!

Whiteknights Studio Trail - Visiting Artists and more!

The ever-popular Whiteknights Studio Trail (WST) – now in its 22nd year, has once again enticed guest artists from outside the University of Reading area to take part. And this year, all 38 artists taking part in the Whiteknights Studio Trail are producing a small piece and donating the sales in aid of the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. 

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Our Domain Public Art Project - It’s time to see the results!

Our Domain Public Art Project - It’s time to see the results!

Five artist teams have been working with the local community over recent months to design a three-dimensional public art piece for Domain, a new residential development in Reading with 253 apartments for rent. Their work will be exhibited next week in the newly completed resident lounge at Domain, and a limited number of tickets to the Private View on Thursday 26 May are available.

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Whiteknights Studio Trail celebrates its 22nd birthday in 2022

Whiteknights Studio Trail celebrates its 22nd birthday in 2022!

Back and bigger than ever, Whiteknights Studio Trail is in its 22nd year! This walking tour of artists’ studios in the University of Reading area takes place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June from 11am to 6pm on both days.  There are 38 artists taking part, at 24 venues – with five serving refreshments.  Art and craft work from talented artists will be on display and for sale and the artists will discuss their work and take commissions.

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Reading Rep Theatre Announce Tenth Anniversary Season

Reading Rep Theatre Announce Tenth Anniversary Season

Reading Rep: 10 will feature a mixture of bold new work, reimagined classics and family favourites. The theatre has also announced a radical pricing overhaul, with all tickets under £20, and £5 tickets for Under 30s. 

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b4friendship photo competition

Calling all budding photographers – take part in the #b4friendship photo competition

2022 marks 75 years of friendship between Düsseldorf and Reading, which were officially twinned together in 1977. And to help celebrate, budding photographers are invited to take part in a competition to imaginatively capture Reading’s 4Bs, with a chance to win a weekend away in Düsseldorf.

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Reading Film Theatre makes new home in Reading Biscuit Factory

Reading Film Theatre makes new home in Reading Biscuit Factory

After over 50 years supporting independent cinema in Reading, Reading Film Theatre (RFT) is delighted to announce that it will continue to show the best in independent and foreign language films after being welcomed into the fold of the new Reading Biscuit Factory (RBF) situated in the centre of Reading.

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Reading Biscuit Town 2022

The story of 200 years of biscuit heritage comes to Reading this summer

Reading is celebrating 200 years of its amazing biscuit heritage this summer with a special exhibition, guided tours, biscuit events, a unique museum collection and afternoon teas… with biscuits!

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What do young people want to help their wellbeing?

Reading Borough Council are asking for your views on how they can use arts and culture in their Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Project 2022.

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‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassadors

Join the ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassadors

The Welcome to Reading Ambassadors at Reading Station are looking for like-minded people to join them to help welcome visitors to Reading. Launched last July, the volunteer-led scheme provides a friendly welcome to visitors arriving by train and helps them with their onward journeys in Reading with local information and directions.

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Shinfield Players Theatre launch roof-repair crowdfunder

Shinfield Players Theatre launch roof-repair crowdfunder

On 18 February, during Storm Eunice, Shinfield Players Theatre lost 95% of the roof that was protecting their much loved theatre. This has exposed the entire auditorium, backstage and dressing room. Thanks to the HUGE effort of the local community, the theatre has been covered in tarpaulin and electrical equipment removed to avoid further damage.

They now need a proper replacement - a sustainable roof for the future of Shinfield Players Theatre, which will cost around £4000. So a crowdfunder has been set-up to raise the money needed.

If you can donate anything towards this cause, they will be eternally grateful. 

Launchpad's Pancake Race 2022

Almost £7,000 and counting raised at Launchpad's Pancake Race

A total of £6,911 and counting has been raised at Launchpad’s annual Pancake Race, which saw 32 teams batter it out on Broad Street on Shrove Tuesday, 1 March 2022. Find out who took home the trophy and who went home with egg on their faces...

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His Royal Highness The Earl Of Wessex Visits Newly Opened Reading Rep Theatre

HRH The Earl Of Wessex Visits Reading Rep Theatre

Having been shortlisted for The Stage Awards 2022 Theatre Building of the Year award, Reading Rep Theatre, led by Founding Artistic Director Paul Stacey and Executive Director Nick Thompson, today announce a recent Royal visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex to the newly opened building.

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