Published on February 23rd, 2016 | by Niall Norbury2
Event of the Year 2016 – The Shortlist
Over the past year, Reading has played host to many fantastic events, gigs, nights out and festivals. Whether it is by collaborating, providing a platform for local talent or being ambitious – each event on our shortlist embodies the best of art, culture and entertainment in Reading.
Event of the Year was judged with James Hallett and Zsuzsi Lindsay (Reading Fringe Festival & Reading 2016).
The Winter Giant
In December 2015, Christmas shoppers were astounded by a 20 feet tall giant walking down Broad Street. Walking through Reading town centre he was joined by buskers, musicians and other people for a truly one-of-a-kind event. The Winter Giant was an incredibly ambitious and magical performance from Beautiful Creatures theatre company.
To celebrate the redevelopment of Chatham Place, Jelly organised an incredible programme of events to celebrate and highlight Reading’s history. The events ranged from lunch with a Great British Bake Off contestant, late night silhouette theatre, outdoor performances and much more. Walking Words brought together a huge range of talent for a diverse and interesting series of events.
Reading’s music scene is flourishing at the moment and one of the events helping support local bands and music is Two Step. A regular music night, Two Step combines fantastic local acts and top headliners from across the UK to help springboard musicians from in and around Reading.
One of Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra’s biggest goals is to get people into classical music – in their latest project they collaborated with local artists for a truly unique performance. Young composers from Reading worked alongside local artists to produce specially made pieces of music to match pieces of art. The event not only showcased the power of collaboration but the musical and artistic talent of Reading.
Reading has a long and accomplished literary history – Progress Theatre’s Annual WriteFest has been providing a platform for new writers and talent for 10 years. Local writers are encouraged to produce short pieces of theatre which are then performed by Progress Theatre acts providing a great route into theatre for new writers.