For the first time in the town’s history Reading played host to its very own fringe festival dedicated to theatre with a sprinkling of comedy, music, film and art in July 2013. With a warm up week presented by Berzerk Productions from the 9th to the 13th July the main week kicked off for four days from the 17th to the 21st of July.
Reading turned into a hub of theatrical entertainment, in a variety of thrilling venues with something for everyone to enjoy. A consortium of local and national arts organizations engaged in creating this exciting multi layered festival to bring the town’s talents and beyond to our brilliant community.
The Festival returned in July 2014 with a similar number of acts but an increase in audience numbers and engagement with the wider community.
Our aim has been and continues to be to celebrate Reading; Its diversity, its culture, its history, its talents, its independent retailers and businesses and create a community arts event for all to enjoy and be proud of.
The Reading Fringe Festival again delivered a successful well received event including more music and dance than previous years. The festival was established as a key event of the cultural calendar in Reading and has expanded to host regular monthly events throughout the year to reach out to the community and become an established arts organisation.
The festival director was awarded the Pride of Reading award for cultural contribution recognising the commitment and work they perform in the local cultural arena.
2016 was an exciting year as Reading celebrated its year of culture. The Fringe was a key stakeholder and were supported by the cultural partnership who endeavoured to enhance and showcase existing arts organisations and promote Reading as a cultural hub.Reading Fringe Festival 2016 ran from 20th July – 24th July.
Reading Fringe 2017 was a truly international celebration, with acts from Dusseldorf to celebrate 70 years of Friendship between the two locations. The Festival ran from the 19th to the 23rd of July, and gave rise to the Dome at Station Hill, a new pop up venue in Reading. We celebrated with the likes of Emil Shultz formerly of Kraftwerk, BBC Introducing, Sons of Pitches and Professor Elemental.
Reading Fringe 2018 runs from the 25th to the 29th of July 2018. Applications will open at the end of November 2017.