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Keep up to date with all of the news on upcoming ‘virtual world’ events and activities, streamed direct to your home and created by Reading based artists and organisations.

27 October 2020

Reading Climate Festival Week 9th to 15th November. A week of free online events to inspire positive local action on climate change.

Residents, organisations and businesses across Reading are being encouraged to get involved in action to tackle climate change by taking part in Reading Climate Festival, a week of free online events from 9th to 15th November designed to inspire positive action on climate change. The centre-piece of the Festival will be the launch on 10th November of a new Reading Climate Emergency Strategy, developed by the Reading Climate Change Partnership with input from the wider community, setting out our plans to make Reading a net zero carbon borough by 2030.

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23 October 2020

The Youth Climate Summit – Get Involved!

Designed by schools for schools, and happening during the week (9-13th Nov) of what would have been the COP 26 Summit in Glasgow, the Youth Climate Summit has been put together by a dedicated group of teachers with the support of environmental charity Global Action Plan

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14 October 2020

Reading Culture Live Poetry Competition

Reading Culture Live is delighted to announce a poetry competition for all schools and young people in the Reading area.

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14 October 2020

Top Tips for Managing Your Online Activity

As we venture further into the world of online gigs, panels, activities and events, there is now an expectation that these experiences for both audiences and participants are as slick and as professional as possible. We recognise that not everyone has huge budgets to attract all of the best technology and artwork. So we spoke to Liam O’Brien at AV Events, and asked them what their top 10 tips would be for managing an online event and making sure that it looks as professional as possible.

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09 October 2020

Be part of Reading’s Digital Advent Calendar!

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07 October 2020

Reading Celebrates Black History Month 2020

A DIGITAL CELEBRATION of drama, workshops, music and conversation are on the menu for this year’s Black History Month in Reading.

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07 October 2020

Vulnerable Audiences in Lockdown and Beyond

The implementation of lockdown measures had an immediate impact on cultural organisations throughout the UK – and perhaps none more so than those focused on vulnerable audiences and clients. Two of these are Dance Reading and Reading Refugee Support Group, both widely admired for their community work but whose very different activities meant that they have taken two distinct paths over the last six months.

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08 September 2020

Call for Submissions! Reading Climate Festival – 9-15 November 2020

A week of events to inspire the people of Reading to act on climate change.

Curated by the Reading Climate Change Partnership and supported by Reading Place of Culture – a partnership project between Reading Borough Council, Reading University and Reading UK CIC – through Reading Culture Live, the aim is to create an extensive programme of free virtual events for diverse audiences on the theme of climate change in place of the postponed COP26 conference. We want to enable as many people as possible to get involved, share, learn and join the call to action towards the goal of Zero Carbon Reading 2030.

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04 September 2020

Heritage Open Days goes ahead in Reading this September

Online and in-person events will be taking place 11-20 September 2020
Reading’s annual celebration of our heritage is going ahead this September with an exciting programme of in-person and, for the first time, digital events to showcase the diversity of buildings, people and natural heritage in and around Reading.

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25 August 2020

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.

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25 August 2020

Getting Your Events Noticed Online: The Dos and Don’ts

Getting people to engage with you and your organisation online is a tricky battle, one where it seems the rules are always changing. In these times where digital has been the primary way for you to interact with your audiences, we thought we’d share some top tips on promoting arts and cultural events online.

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20 August 2020

Taking Events Online: From Reading to the World

In a spring and summer like no other, Reading cultural organisations haven’t let lockdown stop them from innovating, engaging and entertaining; in the absence of the usual tens of thousands of visitors the town would usually experience several local creatives have focused instead on bringing Reading to the world.

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09 July 2020

Round 2 Commission Pot Now Live

Grants of up to £1000 are now available to deliver digital events and activities for Reading’s virtual venue – Reading Culture Live.

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29 May 2020

Launching a brand-new virtual cultural venue for Reading

Reading arts and cultural organisations have come together to create a brand new live streaming cultural venue for Reading. Launched this week, during Reading Children’s Festival, readingculturelive.co.uk brings performances and activities from many of Reading’s top arts and cultural organisations direct to Reading residents via their PCs, tablets and phones.

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28 May 2020

Reading Children’s Festival 2020

Following the cancellation of this year’s Reading Children’s Festival we are really excited to announce that we’ll instead be hosting an online version of the festival during half term in May.  This virtual festival will provide a huge variety of online activities, performances, tutorials and workshops to help keep your kids entertained during the half term holiday (23rd May – 31st May), all from the safety of your own homes.

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13 May 2020

Funding for Online Culture Projects – A Call for Reading Based Artists and Organisations

The Reading Place of Culture, a project run by Reading Borough Council, Reading UK and Reading University, are creating a virtual ‘venue’ called Reading Culture Live, where you will be able to take part in activities and events created by our cultural community for our community.

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