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Oxford Road Cultural Projects

High Street Heritage Action Zone announces three new cultural programme projects on Oxford Road

  • Next stage of cultural projects celebrating Oxford Road announced
  • The Council has awarded three £4k grants, to the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE), Change Grow Live, and Real Time Video
Panto cast with Hexagon and RBC representatives

Reading’s Hexagon Theatre celebrates its 45th Anniversary

  • A ‘Hexabition’ exploring memorabilia from the Hexagon’s past launching in 2023
  • The iconic building was built and opened in 1977
Hugh Faringdon Carving

Prestigious award for Reading’s Abbey Gateway Hugh Faringdon Carving

  • The carved head of Hugh Faringdon was added to the gateway in 2021 to mark the Abbey’s 900th anniversary
  • Carving commended in the Natural Stone Awards 2022
Ayo storytelling

Reading Libraries announces five new guest speakers as part of its ‘Reading Libraries Telling Stories’ series

  • ‘Reading Libraries Telling Stories’ is a series of diverse and uplifting storytelling sessions, from a wide range of people from the Reading community and beyond.
  • The first session is on Saturday 3 December at 1.30pm at Reading Central Library.
  • The storytelling sessions are completely free and are suitable for all ages.
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Fun-packed half-term in Reading for families this October

  • Free and low-cost activities on offer this October half-term across Reading
  • Live theatre, arts and crafts, workshops and more to keep the kids entertained
Group photo at the Lifespring Stories Exhibition. Photos by Gab Gibek

Oxford Road stories brought to life in new exhibition – 'Lifespring Stories'

  • New permanent exhibition at the Lifespring Church, Oxford Road
  • The exhibition tells the stories of the people of the Oxford Road
Representatives from Reading Council at the APSE Awards 2022

Reading Council wins prestigious national accolade for Reading Arts & Venues

  • Reading shortlisted in four categories and for Council of the Year award
  • Awards recognises the best and most innovative local authorities
  • Winning award celebrates Reading’s Arts & Venues team
Group L to R: Darren Horvath, Philip Newcombe, Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward (centre), Christelle Beaupoux, Reading Council's Performance & Special Projects Manager (back); Lisa-Marie Gibbs and Jim Pooley.
Both Darren and Jim contributed to the content in the newspaper.

Local artists launch ‘The Oxford Road Times’, a one-off community newspaper

  • Community newspaper celebrates the diverse and rich culture of the Oxford Road
  • The paper documents a range of happenings, events and workshops delivered with various Oxford Road community groups this year
wellbeing with arts

Creative projects to help improve young people’s mental wellbeing to launch in September

  • Grants awarded to Dance Reading, Reading Football Club Community Trust, and RABBLE Theatre in partnership with Make/Sense Theatre
  • Activities will run from September 2022 to July 2023 in selected schools and community venues
  • Young people with wellbeing needs can be referred for a place through their school or youth worker

Children invited to join the ‘Gadgeteers’ at Reading Libraries this Summer

  • Summer Reading Challenge launching 9 July 2022
  • Children aged 4-11 encouraged to sign up to read at least 6 books over the summer
  • Free activities and events at a library near you
Hexagon new space - artists impression

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

  • Council to submit £20 million bid for Government ‘Levelling Up’ funding
  • Opportunity to revitalise and breathe new life into Reading's cultural and learning offer
  • Proposals to transform the Hexagon and build a new Central Library