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1st-31st OCTOBER 2019 Black History Month was established in the USA by Dr Carter G Woodson, a black American historian who created a month (February) for African American people to have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge themselves and their achievements. In England, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987 (30 years ago), in African Jubilee year, as part of a drive to improve racial harmony in London. It has since grown to encompass the whole country and to recognise and embrace the contributions and traditions of other black communities.


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Little Mighty

WOKE by Testament

Wednesday 25 September, 8pm South Street The twin juggernauts of Hip-Hop and feminism are on a collision course. And Testament reckons he’s the guy to sort it out. A rapper and World Record Holding Beatboxer, he thinks he’s a right-on kind of guy. He’s made theatre shows and had his poetry on Radio 4. Then his daughter is born and suddenly he’s not so sure. That’s why he’s staying up late, lost in the dark worlds of the internet. Because that’s the place people go to talk about these things. What will he discover as he starts to unpick his own prejudices? With a dose of wit, a knack for self-deprecation and a truck-load of honesty, Testament is ready to find out. Expect beatboxing, spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop classics as you’ve never heard them before. Suitable for ages 12+ @homecut


Created by Testament in association with LittleMighty A Leeds Playhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre, Roundhouse and Camden People’s Theatre co-production

Tickets: £13, £12 South Street members For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060.

Business in

the Community

Wednesday 2 October, 7pm Committee Rooms 4a and 4b, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street Ever considered becoming an entrepreneur? Where could you start if you wanted to set up your own business? Would you like to meet local entrepreneurs and selfemployed people to discover simple and achievable steps you can take in exploring this option for yourself. This is an opportunity to find out more about how you can take small steps towards self-employment, build your network, find potential fans and customers. Is there a better way to celebrate black history month? The evening will be free of charge but your learning will be precious. Entry: Free For further information contact Keith Seville on 0793 290 0222

Thursday 3 October, 7.30pm Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk


Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. With timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band. This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Dancing in the Streets, My Cherie Amor, Heatwave and many more. Tickets: £30, Concessions £28 Groups of 10 + £3 off. For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060.

Annual Autumn Festival

Sharad Utsav

Thursday 3 – Monday 7 October, 8am – 10pm Rivermead Leisure Complex & Gym, Richfield Avenue The Annual Autumn Festival, known as Sharad Utsav or Durga Puja (Dussehra) is a popular cultural event which takes place annually in Reading organised by the Bengali Cultural Society (BCS). This festival is one of the most revered and decorated events in the Indian calendar and celebrates the “Mother Goddess Durga as well as marking the “Victory of Good over Evil”. The event will feature cultural performances from national and international artists, as well as a whole host of workshops for the all the family. The event supports a wide range of charities and also features an Art Exhibition by Secondary school pupils across Reading. For further details visit www. durgapujareading.com or follow the Bengali Cultural Society on facebook or twitter. https://www.facebook.com/ ReadingDurgaPuja/ https://twitter.com/bcsreading.

People Against The Odds: Crime and Punishment Saturday 5 October, 3pm 35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS

Reading Elderly Befriending Scheme (REBS) & Reading Peace Group present an afternoon of entertainment, discussion and refreshments. Highlights of the afternoon will include a discussion with four guest speakers on the topic of Crime and Punishment, plus a fusion of Caribbean food, craft stalls, a raffle, and musical entertainment including the Caribbean Serenaders accompanied by a steel band. Entry: £5 For more information contact 0747 642 6673

Who Do You Think You Are Saturday 5 October, 11am – 3pm Reading Museum, Blagrave Street This free Saturday school at Reading Museum is designed to support members of the community who wish to develop family history research and interviewing skills. Led by Paul Crooks, the UK’s foremost expert in Caribbean family history, you will receive guidance on the practicalities of family history research, as well as an introduction to best practice for collecting oral history testaments from older people. Participants will be inspired by Paul’s experience of tracing his own family history over six generations from London to West Africa, where his ancestors were captured and then enslaved on a Jamaican sugar plantation.

Wonderful presentation - has built up my confidence to start my research! ...has given me a sense of pride and inspiration! ‘Informative – provided deep insight’ ‘Highly informative and educational’

Entry: Free but booking essential very limited number of places available For further details contact: 0118 937 3548

This event is funded through a Windrush Day 2019 Grant

(12A) - also it is suitable for 12 years and up Tuesday 8 October, 8pm Reading Film Theatre, G10, Palmer Building, Whiteknights, RG6 6UR The sound of Reggae is unmistakable. Pain and longing, pride and triumph, seismic offbeats and searing vocals arouse ecstasy from the fans. This is ‘Buena Vista’ for Jamaica, celebrating not only the hidden culture and enormous influence of reggae, ska, rock steady and roots, but also the lives of its legendary stars, reunited to ‘capture the music in its virgin state’.

‘Soulful and uplifting’

– Empire

Windrush Generation


Saturday 12 October, 3pm – 7pm Tyndale Baptist Church, 2-4 Cressingham Road, RG2 7JE The Caribbean Associations Group (Reading) presents a Windrush Generation Celebration with a whole host of speakers, songs, dance, music and refreshments. Entry: £7.00 Adults - Children £3.00 under 13 years, booking recommended

France 2019 – documentary directed by Peter Webber with Ken Boothe, Derajah, Kiddus I – 99 mins Suitable for ages 15 + Entry: £9, £8 conc, £5 students, tickets available on the door. For further details contact: rf@reading.ac.uk / www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk

For further details email caribbeanassociationsgroup@gmail.com or contact 07950106413, 07889641600 or 07954146245

Rose Centre

Sponsored Walk Rafiki

If you would like to take part in the sponsorship: Sponsorship forms available from Acre Office – Oxford Rd, or request by email: info@acre-reading.org

Saturday 12 October, 10am Community Centre (Old Gatehouse Battle Hospital site), 344 Oxford Road, RG30 1AF The Rose Centre are holding their sponsored ‘Walk for Rose’ on Saturday 12th October at 10 am as part of this year’s Black History Month. By walking together they aim to raise awareness of the centre and to raise funds to keep it open and free to all. Last year they had over 50 people joining in the fun! They invite you to walk with them, in solidarity, celebrating the cultural diversity of Reading and saying no to FGM and all forms cultural gender violence, and to encourage your family, friends and colleagues to pledge their support and sponsor your walk. The walk is a 3.3 mile circular route from the Rose Centre and back for homemade lemonades and cultural snacks.

(12A) Thursday 17 October, 8pm Reading Film Theatre, G10, Palmer Building, Whiteknights, RG6 6UR Kena and Ziki are determined to get more out of life than just becoming good Kenyan wives. When they fall in love they are forced to keep their relationship secret, in their country where same sex relationships are outlawed. This film was initially banned in Kenya where it was seen as promoting lesbianism. It was also the first Kenyan film to be shown at Cannes and has won numerous awards around the world ‘This is a love story for the time, not for the ages’ – NY TIMES Kenya 2018 - English and Swahili with subtitles - directed by Wanuri Kahiu with Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji – 83 mins Suitable for ages 12 + Entry: £9, £8 conc, £5 students For further information email: rft@reading.ac.uk Website: www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk

Anti-slavery Awareness DayACRE

Thursday 17 October, from 4.30pm Acre, Middle Building, 344 Oxford Road, RG30 1AF The Alliance for cohesion & racial equality (Acre) will be hosting the following events as part of the Anti-Slavery awareness day: • Formal Opening of Acre’s new offices at 4:30 p.m • Open Day Exhibition of the work Acre in doing with communities in Reading from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. (Light refreshments provided). • Annual General Meeting: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Boardroom at – Oxford Road Community Centre. Guest Speaker – Mrs Sylvia Stevenson, CEO Globe Community Missions Project, will talk on the ‘Joshua Academy’ initiative which is designed to help improve attainment in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math for secondary school children. www.acre-reading.org 0118 951 0279

Monday 14 October – Friday 8 November

Talk entitled

Reading International Festivalghts

‘Iran, Climbing and Me’ by Shirin Shabestari


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This annual festival is co-ordinated by the Reading International Development Forum. The forum aims to raise the profile of Reading’s International connections, activities and campaigns. Reading International Festival aims to highlight, promote and celebrate international activities, links and solidarity in Reading.

Wednesday 23 October, 7.45pm 35-39 London Street. RG1 4PS

Walking in Iran’s beautiful mountains with her father, Shirin felt an equal. Later she climbed Damavand, 5610m, Iran’s highest mountain, and now organises trekking, skiing and cultural trips to Iran. Austrian Alpine Club (UK), £3 for non AAC(UK members.

For further information contact Jan on 0757 6261318 texts only)

Travel in Time Through Iraqi music Friday 25 October, 7.30pm 35-39 London Street. RG1 4PS

A concert with oud master Francesco Iannuzzelli and Iraqi singer, musician and author Sahera Saad who will take the audience on a musical journey through time. In addition Azad Zangana will introduce us to making of the Oud. Iraqi food and refreshments will be served. Tadhamun - Iraqi Women Solidarity. Entry: donations taken on the door. For further information contact 0118 958 6692

Reading Refugee Support Group

th Anniversary Celebration Monday 4 November, 7pm The Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH An event to mark the 25th anniversary of Reading Refugee Support Group. It will be a night of stories, fashion, music, exhibitions and the getting together of old friends and new. Entry: Free/Donations welcome For further information contact Jude Haste or Jonjo Warrick on 0118 950 5356

Celebrating Brazil its Indigenous People & their Resistance! Friday 8 November, 6.30pm RISC, 35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS Photographic exhibition and talk by Rosa Gauditano one of the most important photographers in Brazil who focuses on the life, culture and struggle for survival of Brazil’s indigenous people. Film Screening of “Darini”, on the Spiritual Initiation Ritual of the Xavante people. Enjoy Brazilian music by Ife Tolintino and Steve Pierce while sampling the delicious Brazilian food by Pau Brasil. Organised by RISC and Pau Brasil. Entry: Free For more information contact Carl on 0118 958 6692

Film screening & networking event celebrating black culture in Great Britain Friday 18th October 6pm – 8.30pm Reading Central Library, Abbey Square Through A Different Lens and Reading Libraries will be showing a range of archive films with the opportunity for local film makers from the African Caribbean community to share their work. There will be an opportunity to network, watch films and offer suggestions for future events. The Britain on Film: Black Britain film series chronicles the stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality. It is also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen. Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire

joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival. Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important educative tool – offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen. Entry: FREE (Booking recommended) For further details email: libraryevents@reading.gov.uk

Through A Different Lens is a marketing and film making support company working to increase the distribution of film made by and featuring black talent.

Interested in showing your short film? Contact: jocelyn@throughadifferentlens.co.uk

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Reggae for Reparations Friday 18 October, 9pm - 2am Reading International Solidarity Centre and Global Café, 35 - 39 London St, RG1 4PS

DOWNSTAIRS: CultureMix presents Donstrumental Dubz feat. Jnr Watson. Donstrumental Dubz is a solo project from Grammy award winning producer and bass player Don Chandler featuring the UK’s roots reggae rising star Jnr Watson performing his latest tracks including the brand new release ‘Soothe My Soul’ UPSTAIRS: Reading Dub Club presents Afrikan Roots sound system meets Jah Lion Movement plus vocalists. A foundational roots and dub soundsystem session featuring two veteran Reading sounds who have been keeping soundsystem culture alive in Reading since the 1980s in iconic venues such as the Central Club. Suitable for ages 18+

Entry: £5 For further details contact 0776 550 1687 https://www.facebook.com/events/ 399390744043216/

Black History and the Movement for Reparatory Justice

Friday 18 October, 7.30pm RISC Hall, 35 - 39 London Street, RG1 4PS Leading reparations advocate Esther Stanford Xosei links the living history of slavery and colonialism to anti-black oppression in Britain today, and shares stories from the vibrant global movement for reparations. Plus speakers on Reading’s links to slavery, and solidarity activist Miriam Rose shares a white perspective on the origins of Britain’s wealth and the need for reparations. Hosted by Reading International Solidarity Centre and Reading Dub Club. Suitable for ages 18+ Entry: free For further details email: admin@risc.org.uk https://www.facebook.com/ events/399390744043216/

Dance Masterclass

Afro Fusion and Soca Zumba

Saturday 19 October, 1.30-3pm The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road, RG4 8TU Does your child like to sing, dance and act? For over 26 years, we have trained young people aged 4-18 years in the performing arts, offering amazing performance opportunities in West End Theatres, Disneyland Paris, New York, Edinburgh Festival and more! At Theatretrain Reading, we invite many industry professionals to offer special Masterclasses to enhance our students’ training further. Now, this Masterclass on Saturday 19th October is open to all ages and abilities, including adults, so if you love to dance, come along! On Saturday 19th October, we welcome Sherinne Anderson to Theatretrain for an Afro Fusion Dance Masterclass! Think Afro dance meets Street Dance! Sherinne is an accomplished dancer, performing in the West End and Broadway, dancing for Rhianna and Drake and many other stars. This Dance Masterclass starts with a Soca Zumba styled warm up, so you can enjoy new and classic groovy and power soca tunes as you work up a sweat and have fun! Suitable for ages: 10+ Entry: £10, booking required For further information and bookings email: reading@theatretrain.co.uk or call 0786 224 1429 www.theatretrain.co.uk/reading

African Night Fever present


Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of central African music. After Kanda revolutionised the Congolese music of soukous, whilst parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo, he took up a solo career in Paris in 1979. He is most famous for the changes he made to soukous music with mesmerizing guitar solos that gave birth to the famous “kwasa kwasa” dance. Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 80s, Kanda played a key role in introducing African music to the mainstream. Now with a huge and loyal fan base, his music still receives regular airplay on stations including BBC Radio 3 and 6Music. Kanda’s music has always been driven by optimism and happiness. His exhilarating performances are exciting and energetic yet deeply rooted in the Congolese tradition. With his incredible seven-piece band behind him, don’t miss Kanda Bongo Man bring the joyous music and dance of central Africa for an unforgettable sunshine experience. Please note: This event is all standing.

Bongo Man

Saturday 19 October, 8pm South Street

Tickets: £15, £13 South Street Members For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060.

Windrush a play by Doris Allimadi

Tickets: £8 (including ticket fee) For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts. com or contact 0118 960 6060.

(12A) Thursday 24 October, 7.45pm Reading Film Theatre, G10, Palmer Building, Whiteknights, RG6 6AH “Talk about a dream, try to make it real”. With this quote from Bruce Springsteen, director Gurinder Chadha jump starts her joyous, crowd-pleasing love letter to the power of rock ‘n’ roll to change lives. Based on rock journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir of growing up in Luton in the 80’s, Blinded by the Light is an exuberant, widescreen expression of the simple truth at the heart all Springsteen’s music: nobody wins unless everybody wins. ‘A delirious and romantic rock ‘n’ roll parable’ – VARIETY UK 2019 - directed by Guringer Chadha with Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon – 117 mins Suitable for ages 12 +

Entry: £9, £8 conc, £5 students For further details email: rft@reading.ac.uk www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk

Saturday 19 October, 5pm South Street Windrush tells the story of a young girl, Marcia, a descendant of the Windrush generation, who was born in England but because of the colour of her skin, has to prove to her peers that England is her home and that she belongs. ‘Why do you hate me so passionately’, she once asks her tormentors. ‘You don’t know me, my life, my journey’. This leads the tormentors to question their motives for attacking a complete stranger in the streets. The only reason they could come up with was that she was black and that is what they were supposed to do. They are mortified by this realisation and vow to fight racism, bigotry and discrimination in order to make this world a better place for all human kind. Windrush takes us through a journey of how lives were destroyed by the implementation of a hostile immigration policy which sought to reduce the number of immigrants at any cost. People lost jobs, their homes, access to benefits and healthcare. Families were torn apart. Doris Allimadi is the author of ‘Lost, my battle with depression’ and ‘Empress Taytu Betul’, a play.

Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm Hexagon Theatre

What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the joyous new show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner. Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert to one of the most iconic and loved musical artists of our generation. In this brand new touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (The Voice, X Factor) supported by full ten piece live band. In a breath-taking career spanning over 50 years, audiences can look forward to hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s mostloved classic hits including; Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. This not-to-be missed musical experience is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time. Tickets: £28, £26 concessions For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060.

Born Ready Tuesday 29 October, 7.30pm Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk After eight sell out UK tours, over half a million tickets sold, and countless television and live performances, Diversity have announced their landmark 10 Year Anniversary Tour UK tour, “Born Ready” for Autumn 2019. 2019 marks 10 years since Diversity took the nation by storm when they won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, beating Susan Boyle in front of a television audience of over 20 million. Since then, thanks to the overwhelming support of their fans and the British public they continue

to wow audiences around the world with their innovative live tours and performances. Creator and choreographer Ashley Banjo said of the forthcoming tour “Born Ready is such an incredibly special tour for the whole Diversity family. 2019 marks 10 years since we won Britain’s Got Talent and since then we have continued to innovate, grow and achieve things that most said were impossible. ‘Born Ready’ will not only celebrate this and look back at some of the iconic Diversity moments over the past 10 years. But it will also look forward to the future, at how Diversity continues to evolve

2019 and how we plan to pass what we’ve created onto the next generation. Be prepared for dance, illusions, mind blowing stunts and inspiring stories that will hopefully leave people amazed!” Advisory age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult Tickets: £40.50 / £30.50 Please note that the Hexagon has a limited allocation of tickets available to sell. For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060.

Gaza Thursday 31 October, 8pm (15) Reading Film Theatre, G10, Palmer Building, Whiteknights, RG6 6UR The US celebrated the inauguration of its Embassy on May 18th 2018; over the same day, 40 miles away, the shooting of 2,771 Palestinian civilians, in what started as a peaceful protest, resulted in 60 deaths and terrible wounds. The film beautifully but graphically celebrates everyday human life in ‘open prison’ Gaza, allowing people to speak for themselves and to share their hopes and fears. ‘In Gaza the film, the story belongs to the people who live there. And that in itself is a step forward’ – SCREEN DAILY Ireland/Palestine 2019 - Arabic with subtitles documentary directed by Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell – 90 mins Suitable for ages: 15 up Entry: £9, £8 conc, £5 students For further details email: rft@reading.ac.uk www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk

A WindrushEvening

Saturday 2 November, 6pm – 9pm Mapp Community Centre, 22-24 Mount Pleasant, RG1 2TD This event aims to inform and educate about the Windrush Generation. It consists of live performances from local bands, a performance by members of the 2Heavy Productions theatre school, members of the Windrush Generation sharing their personal experiences and a Question & Answer session. Attendees will also be transported back into their ‘Front Room’! This event is funded Entry: £1.00

through a Windrush Day 2019 Grant.

For more information contact 07771765140 or 07740 564233 www.bafa-reading.org.uk Facebook: bafa reading

BurkinabE Rising

+ live music and buffet

Saturday 2 November, 7pm RISC, 35-39 London St, RG1 4PS We will celebrate the artistic and cultural revolutionary spirit of Burkina Faso. Proceeds from this event will go towards two disabled people’s organisations in this vibrant, West-African nation. LAFI Burkina. Entry: £15 https://billetto.co.uk/e/burkinabe-rising-filmscreening-live-music-and-buffet-tickets-375346# For further information contact Alice on 07857551393 or Melissa on 07766463731

RoughHouse Theatre & Live Wire Theatre

Getting the Third Degree Wednesday 6 November, 8pm Getting The Third Degree was commissioned by Kick it Out to recognise the 25th anniversary of its ongoing battle against discrimination in football. This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees - Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. The first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England, he inspired a whole generation of young black players to follow in his pioneering footsteps. In dramatising Laurie Cunningham’s meteoric rise to stardom Getting The Third Degree also explores how he and his fellow black players - Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis - triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity. Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul and blues, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society. Tickets: £14, £12 South Street Members For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060

Dance Reading 2019

Wednesday 13 November, 8pm South Street

Windows of Displacement Windows of Displacement is a powerful and exciting solo show, that blends dance, song and spoken word to explore diverse identities in today’s England, travelling through ancestral memory and the shifting and urgent politics surrounding the movement of people. Born in Jamaica and living in the UK Akeim explores themes of imperialism, colonialism and displacement, creating an evocative story of the past, present and future of humanity. Prepare to be taken on a whole new experience of dance, to reclaim our collective responsibility. “Windows Of Displacement is a powerful and prescient work. Akeim is a gifted storyteller, effortlessly weaving resonant historical accounts, sharp social commentary and compelling autobiography together with beautiful movement to create a captivating hour of theatre.” Gilly Roche - New Work Producer, West Yorkshire Playhouse Dance Reading is a celebratory festival of dance throughout November 2019 supported by Reading Borough Council and Arts Council England. With something for everyone, this ambitious festival features exceptional performances, engaging workshops and a whole array of dance events that invite audiences of all ages to discover new experiences with dance.

by Akeim Toussaint Buck

Visit www.junctiondance.co.uk to view the full programme. Running time: 60 mins (no interval) Suitable for ages: 14+ Tickets: £12, £10 concessions & members For further information and bookings visit www.readingarts.com or contact 0118 960 6060.

1st-31st OCTOBER 2019 Every effort was made to ensure that details in the diary were correct at the time of going to press. However Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for any changes, amendments and cancellations of any events or activities listed, nor any inaccuracies which may have been printed in error.

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Black History Month 2019  

Your essential guide to what’s happening in Reading during October for this year’s Black History Month.

Black History Month 2019  

Your essential guide to what’s happening in Reading during October for this year’s Black History Month.