Reading 2016 - Reading's Year of Culture

What is Reading 2016?

Reading 2016 has been designed to bring new artists and experiences to Reading throughout 2016, showcase the wonderful range of arts, culture and heritage events anGeorge the Poet webd organisations in Reading and provide Reading residents and visitors with opportunities to try out a wide range of new cultural experiences. 

What are the 12 themes?

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 created by local arts and culture organisations. Throughout the year, Reading’s burgeoning cultural community will also be showcasing their talent and ideas with a large number of ‘Made in Reading’ events.

  • January – Get Fit for Culture
  • February – Design for Reading
  • March – Reading 2050
  • April – New writing
  • May – The Story of Reading
  • June – Eat Reading
  • July – Art in Unusual Places (including SITELINES - site specific theatre)
  • August – Music in Reading 
  • September – Made in #Rdg
  • October – Reading in Reading
  • November – Dance Reading
  • December – Light Reading

Who is behind Reading 2016?

Reading 2016 received seed funding from Reading Cultural Partnership and is supported by Reading UK CIC, the University of Reading, Reading Borough Council, Reading College as well as many local arts groups and businesses.  

Reading 2016 has received £96,700 from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding programme while a number of key businesses in Reading are sponsoring particular elements of the year of culture, including M&G Real Estate, owners of Forbury Place, and Oxford Properties who manage Green Park business park.