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 is an exciting year as Reading is celebrating its year of culture. The Fringe is a key stakeholder and will be supported by the cultural partnership who endeavour to enhance and showcase existing arts organisations and promote Reading as a cultural hub.
Reading Fringe Festival 2016 will run from 20th July – 24th July.