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

Reading Council wins prestigious national accolade for Reading Arts & Venues

Reading Council wins prestigious national accolade for Reading Arts & Venues

READING BOROUGH COUNCIL’S Sports, Leisure and Cultural Service team has been announced as the winner at the APSE, Association for Public Service Excellence Service Awards.

The national awards recognises the best and most innovative local authorities, focusing on the delivery of frontline services and seeks to celebrate those councils who are achieving excellent results in a wide range of different service areas.

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Blue Collar Corner

Blue Collar Corner announces new look and full events programme for Autumn

After a very successful summer, Blue Collar Corner is gearing up for a massive run up to Christmas. The site closes from Monday 26th September, enabling them to add covering above all seating, heaters on every table and to change their greenery to Autumnal colours. They reopen on Thursday 6th October with later opening hours, a huge events programme and screens installed for the upcoming World Cup.

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Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out is back at the Reading Abbey Ruins!

Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out is back at the Reading Abbey Ruins!

Reading’s homelessness prevention charity, Launchpad, has announced this year’s Big Sleep Out is back at the iconic and historic Reading Abbey Ruins after holding the event online for two years. The event will take place on Saturday 8 October to mark World Homeless Day and aims to raise £40,000 to help fund the charity’s vital services which help local people avoid homelessness, particularly in these uncertain times.

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Gary McNair’s stage adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde

Reading Rep Theatre Announce Creative Team For World Premiere Of Gary McNair’s Jekyll & Hyde

Reading Rep Theatre have today announced the creative team for the upcoming world premiere production of Gary McNair’s stage adaptation of Jekyll & HydeThe production, which will be directed by Michael Fentiman (AmélieThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), turns Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story on its head, revealing the depths of one person’s psyche and the lengths people will go to hide their deepest secrets.

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Council reveals £20 million bid to revitalise Hexagon and Central Library

Council reveals £20 million bid to revitalise Hexagon and Central Library

Exciting proposals to revitalise Reading’s cultural offer by transforming the much-loved Hexagon Theatre and building a modern new Central Library have been revealed by the Council. They're to submit a £20 million bid for Government ‘Levelling Up’ funding, which provides an opportunity to revitalise and breathe new life into Reading's cultural and learning offer.

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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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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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‘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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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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