Reading Cultural Awards 2018 Finalists

 

Following the success of the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards in 2017, we are pleased to announce that for the 2018 instalment we received over 600 nominations across 12 different categories.

After much deliberation, the judges managed to whittle that 600 down to just 38, all of whom have a chance of winning the honours at the glitzy awards evening itself on the 27th June at the Olympia Ballroom.

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The soul-pumping Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO), passionate Reading Scottish Pipe Band and the talented team at Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company are all confirmed finalists in the Reading Place of Cultural Ambassador Award category, sponsored by ReadingUK.

This category celebrates an artist or artistic endeavour that has promoted Reading’s talent or Reading as a cultural destination to a wider audience beyond the town.

 

The colourful Reading Carnival, roof-raising Are You Listening? and incredibly diverse Reading on Thames Festival are all finalists in the Festival of the Year category, sponsored by Haslams.

This category celebrates a festival that engaged a broad community and raised Reading’s profile with high-quality content and a great festival experience.

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Breath-taking performances from Between the Lines Theatre – Matilda the Empress, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra – Schumann at the Station, Reading Rep, Jelly and Reading Libraries – Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas and the Ben Pedley Memorial Concert are all finalists in Performance of the Year category, sponsored by Jacobs the Jewellers.

This category celebrates a performance that caused ripples in Reading and received wide acclaim. The performance could have been dance, music or theatre, as long as it took place in Reading.

 

The work of Reading Tree Wardens and Two Rivers Press – The Shady Side of Town, Reading Museum, Jelly and the Reading Guild of Artists, Two Rivers Press, Haslams, Cherubs Floral Design and Friends of Reading Museum – Lillies for Oscar Wilde, and the Reading Museum/Reading Abbey Quarter are the finalists in the Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award category, which is sponsored by The Olympia Ballroom.

This category celebrates a project or organisation that raised the profile of Reading’s heritage.  

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John Madejski Academy’s Performing Arts, Reading Rep and Calum Cromwell are the finalists in the Young Talent of the Year Award category, which is sponsored by BBC Radio Berkshire.

This category celebrates an artists or group of artists that are displaying real talent and potential at a relatively young age.

 

The popular independent arts hub, the Rising Sun Arts Centre, the internet-sensation and rural educator, the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading’s premier shopping destination The Oracle Shopping Centre are the finalists in the Cultural Space of the Year category, which is sponsored by Barton Willmore.

This category celebrates a dedicated arts venue or unusual space used for art. This award recognises the diversity of great places to enjoy and perform art and cultural activities in Reading.

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Zap Magazine (Rising Sun Arts Centre, Real Time Video, Spectrum Arts, Neile Wright, Our Time Video, Move Up Project), Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas (Reading Libraries, Reading Rep, Oxford Playhouse, Jelly and Reading College), Being Gordon Greenidge (South Street Arts Centre, Department of Film, Theatre & Television at University of Reading, the Barbados and Friends Association of Reading (BAFA) and Reading School) are all finalists in the Partnership of the Year category, which is sponsored by Grant Thornton.

This category celebrates a demonstration of excellence in partnership, whether this is businesses working with arts organisations or arts partnerships, education etc.

 

Whiteknights Studio Trail, Reading International and Open for Art are all finalists in the Visual Arts Event of the Year category, which is sponsored by TheBreeze107 Reading.

This category celebrates an event that was well regarded in Reading when it took place and will focus primarily on visual art e.g. fine art, film etc.

 

Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra and Rising Sun Arts Centre are all finalists in the Cultural Organisation of the Year category, which is sponsored by The Reading Chronicle.

This category celebrates an organisation that has demonstrated consistently high standards in terms of output and engagement in Reading.

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The Partnership Festival – the University of Reading, Around the World in 80 Washing Lines – Mahlia Amatina, and the John Madejski Academy are all finalists in the Best Education Project of the Year category, which is sponsored by The Oracle Reading.

This category celebrates a project that shows the power of art and culture to engage young people and create high-quality artistic outputs.

 

Being Gordon Greenidge (South Street Arts Centre and Benedict Sandiford), Lillies for Oscar Wilde (Reading Museum, Jelly, Reading Guild of Artists, Two Rivers Press, Haslams, Cherubs Floral Design Friends of Reading Museum) and Forgotten Heritage (Matthew Emmett) are all finalists in The Made in Reading Award category, which is sponsored by Cream Design.

This category celebrates a piece made by a Reading artists or artists. This can be a performance, visual arts piece or project that was created in Reading.

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Broad Street Mall, Reading Buses and the Oracle Shopping Centre are all finalists in the Business Champion of the Arts category, which is sponsored by the Reading Business Improvement District.

This category celebrates a business which has played a major contribution in supporting and developing the arts in Reading.  

 

The Cultural Awards evening on the 27th of June at the Olympia Ballroom will be a fantastic opportunity to meet people involved heavily in Reading’s arts and cultural scene whilst enjoying good food and drink in a glamorous setting for the celebrations.

Tickets are available here.

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