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Reading Fringe Festival

This multi-arts Festival hosts supports hundreds of artists annually, providing a platform for emerging artists, whilst welcoming established national and international performers.


As well as our open access stream, we have a regular programme of collaborations and commissions with artists and collectives such as House of Sound, A Change Is Gonna Come, Hannah James, Jackie Oates, Terje Isungset (Norway), Arturo Castro Nogueras (Puerto Rico), Maura Morales (Cuba), Susanne Diesner (Düsseldorf), and urban artist KJ263 (Düsseldorf).

In 2020 the Fringe went digital, hosting a fully digital programme of mixed live and pre-recorded content, over 60% of which was accessible. It reached over 12,000 households and was awarded the inaugural OffWestEnd (Offie) ONEOFF award.


Reading Thames Festival

Hosting national and international artists at numerous venues and unusual outdoor sites across Reading, this Great Places funded festival created exhilarating audience experiences and unexpected encounters. Collaborations and commissions with In Place of War, London Mozart Players, Cirque Bijou, Inua Ellams’ Midnight Run, London Short Film Festival, The Oxford Muse, Acid Brass and Girls on Top.

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Magical Christmas

A month-long daily programme of free pop up events in town centre venues including shops, bars, restaurants, and heritage spaces. Going digital in 2020.

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