Innovative digital projects funded for Reading Culture Live

The second round of Reading Place of Culture funding to create new work on the Reading Culture Live streaming site has been announced.
The projects funded include an audio walking tour of Reading, learning new craft skills online, online contests, a virtual festival and supporting young people through creative challenges and performances.

Reading Culture Live is a digital programme led by Reading UK, as part of the collaborative Great Places Scheme in partnership with Reading Borough Council and the University of Reading. It supports local arts and cultural groups by giving them a platform for their work while many venues are closed, provides online cultural content for Reading and a wider audience and showcases a wealth of local online initiatives that benefit mental health and wellbeing grouped around the NHS ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.
The projects funded in the second round:-

Why don’t you…? – Reading Museum, No5, Cast Iron & Real Time
Online cultural creative challenges for 14-25 year olds.
Kennet walking tour – Reading Fringe Festival, Steph Weller, Cast Iron
A short walking tour around the River Kennet in two digital formats; an in real life audio walking tour and virtual video tour with audio soundtrack
Cosplay Costume Learning Skills – Reading Cosplay Organisers
Live tutorials to help people learn new crafting skills to make new costume
Troy: Beauty and Heroism Schools Stop Animation Project – Ure Museum
An online contest to engage with schools, especially KS2 teachers and students covering the ancient Greeks
Virtual Down at the Abbey Festival – Down at the Abbey, Terry Dixon, Thames Rivercruise
A virtual Down at the Abbey Festival showing a mix of music, local history, mindfulness/ relaxation and audience engagement
The Mencap Driveway Exchange – MenCap, Strike Up Theatre
Helping people in the Mencap community create their own artistic performances

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director of Reading UK, said: “I am proud of the projects funded and impressed by the innovation and resilience of arts organisations in Reading as they move their events and performances into digital format to adapt to the current situation.”

The projects will appear on readingculturelive.co.uk over the next two months and thereafter will form part of the archive materials on the site.
The online cultural commissioning funding is provided by the Great Place Scheme, a national project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England, designed to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of successful communities across England. Sixteen areas, including Reading, were chosen to pilot the new approach to enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together.

Find out more about the Great Place Scheme at http://readingplaceofculture.org. The cultural commissioning funding provides up to £1000 per application to support online projects created by Reading-based artists and cultural organisations.

More information from Zsuzsi Lindsay on 07754 918570

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