The Fringe Returns to Take Over Reading

Fringe returns to take over Reading

This July, Reading Fringe once more brings a celebration of art and culture to Reading.

Now in its sixth year, Reading Fringe 2018 welcomes more than 100 different local and international performances and events at 18 venues across Reading. Festival-goers can expect anything from musical instruments made of ice, to urban art, comedy, cabaret, family-friendly workshops and more.

Festival director Zsuzsi Lindsay said: “This year’s festival is all about creating connections through art and culture. We wanted to do this through the international acts we’re welcoming to Reading, but we also want people to connect with each other through shared experiences, for example commuters at Reading station stopping to look up from their phones to enjoy one of the pop-up performances. 

“We’re delighted and proud to invite so many performers and artists to our town and put them on such an exciting programme alongside the very best that Reading arts and culture has to offer.”

Among the many family-friendly events at this year’s Fringe is Bicycle Boy, a bicycle powered musical in association with Reading Rep Theatre for children aged six to ten. Drew Colby also enchants youngsters with shadow theatre in My Shadow and Me, and singer-songwriter Nick Cope charms little fans with great songs at an exclusive concert for a young audience.

Fans of visual art can look forward to an urban artist from Dusseldorf and the sixth run of the Reading Fringe Film Festival, showing short films by new and upcoming filmmakers from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. There’s still time for aspiring filmmakers can submit their films. 

A full programme of creative possibilities will be available for visitors at The Oracle, with local artists sharing their artistic skills at the Family Friendly Arts & Crafts Workshop, as well as a family acting master class taking place at the Drama Workshop. The Open Mic & Live Music will give visitors the chance to show off their talents on stage, or sit back and enjoy the amazing talent Reading has to offer.

Kev Munday will be leaving a lasting touch on the Riverside Car Park lift, as he uses his people watching skills to produce a bespoke piece of art in the elevator. Visitors can watch the piece come together over the course of the festival, whilst unknowingly contributing to the creative development.

The organising team is looking for a Reading band to play the launch party on 23 July supporting main act Professor Elemental. Email: (ADDRESS) to get in touch.

For press and media relations please contact James Kell on 07825293340 or email: