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26 - 29
september
2019

Art After Dark26 September 2019

Art After Dark is a new contemporary arts strand that will transform Reading for one unforgettable night.

The free one night event will present art and performances in public spaces you may encounter every day to secret and off-the-beaten-track sites and venues. 

The event invites you to explore Reading’s identity, culture and architecture and offers arts organisations, independent artists and curators the opportunity to present works responding to Reading and the 2019 festival themes. 

The Art After Dark trail will bring Reading’s waterways, town centre, heritage quarter and University alive with artworks and pop up performances in a wide array of locations. All events in the programme will be free and open to all without tickets. 

Art After Dark aims to be accessible for a broad audience, giving local people and visitors the chance to discover different places across the town and explore its hidden histories and architecture. The event aims to meet the ever-growing demand for night-time cultural events.

On Thursday 26th September, join us for a night of FREE events taking place across our town. Breakdance and bellydance, Brunel and Bollywood, storytelling and strings, songs of protest and sonic experiments, wordless tales and whispers in the dark – enjoy all this and more.

All events are FREE, but some require pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

SEE MAP FOR LOCATIONS AND VENUES.

 

AUDIO BLACKSPOTS TRAILS
Two audio trails probing the disconcerting sounds just below the surface of Reading’s waterways. To enjoy these free audio tours all you need is a GPS-enabled smart phone with a pair of headphones and internet connection (to download the app and tour).

Simply download the YourTour app for iOS, here.
Or Android, here and choose one of the two tours available:

The ‘Audio Blackspots (Reading South)’ tour begins where Berkeley Avenue crosses over the Kennet and leads you down the tow-path to the Oracle.
The ‘Audio Blackspots (Reading East)’ tour begins at the Kennet near Blake’s Lock Museum and leads you towards Reading Central Library.

Please note this is a self-directed waterside walk, so please be aware of your personal safety at all times.
From 9am. App download.
SEE MAP FOR LOCATIONS AND VENUES.

 

READING 2050 @ THE ORACLE
Premiere of a new short film exploring what Reading will look like in 2050, curated by Reading Rep and Reading Film Theatre. Part of the Oracle Cinema Screenings.
Various times. Oracle Riverside. DROP IN.
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ROCK CHOIR
End the working day on a high with live renditions of popular hits including The Greatest Showman, Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry!
5-5.30pm & 6-6.30pm. Station Hill Amphitheatre. DROP IN.
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TINY SPARKS WITH LAURA MUGRIDGE
Stories of inspiration from Reading’s past told around a ‘campfire’, brought to you by Cast Iron Theatre. (20 min duration).
Every hour from 5pm. Last show 9pm. Reading Museum. BOOKABLE via http://www.readingarts.com/whats-on/art-after-darktiny-sparks-laura-mugridge
SEE MAP FOR LOCATIONS AND VENUES.

 

BANDS ON BROAD ST
Be entertained by local musicians whilst you shop! Ft. Readiophonics, Andy Barrett and Holly Shillito.
5-8.30pm. Broad St (outside M&S). DROP IN.
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BRUNEL: GOD’S WONDERFUL RAILWAY
Join Brunel as he reflects on his own life and how Reading has transformed over the years. Light-hearted and fun heritage performance from Cast Iron Theatre. (30 min duration).
Every hour from 5.15pm. Last talk 8.15pm. The Three Guineas. BOOKABLE via https://www.readingarts.com/whats-on/art-after-dark-brunel-gods-wonderful-railway
SEE MAP FOR LOCATIONS AND VENUES.

 

BATTLE ON BROAD STREET: DANCE READING AND BATTLEGROUNDZ PRESENTS – BATTLE ZONE.
Come and see some of Reading and London’s finest Street and Break dancers battle it out in the heart of town. Who will win?  You, the audience decides! With host Kloe Dean and beats from DJ Mr Blue, this is a dance show like no other.
6-7pm. Broad Street. (outside John Lewis). DROP IN.
SEE MAP FOR LOCATIONS AND VENUES.

 

CORPORATION TRAMWAYS AND FINE ARTS COMMITTEE
Reading’s explorers of improvised experimental music and adjacent sonic territories invite you to immerse yourself in sound and visuals with their latest installation.
6-9.30pm. St Laurence Church. DROP IN.
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NEVER CLOSER TO MIDNIGHT
A meditative, rhythmic outdoor live art installation, exploring climate change by artist Janine Harrington.
6-7pm. Forbury Gardens. DROP IN.
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BOLLYWOOD @THE STATION
The glamour and magic of Bollywood dancing comes to Reading Station! Brought to you by the Indian Community Centre.
6.30-7pm. The Three Guineas (outside). DROP IN.
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THIS IS NOT A PROTEST
From the Suffragettes to Black Lives Matter, from Stonewall to the barons that brought us the Magna Carta – A Girl Called Stephen Theatre will take you on a brief journey through time, looking at some of the key protest moments that changed history. (15 min duration)
Every half hour from 7pm. Last performance 8.30pm. Various – see map for details. DROP IN.
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KALAKUNJ @THE STATION
Celebrate the spirit of spiritual harmony and rhythm of life with classical Indian dance.
7-8pm. The Three Guineas (outside). DROP IN.
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BELLYFAIRIES
The Bellyfairies of Sandy Maya’s Dance present a selection of dances to light up Broad St!
7-7.30pm, 8-8.30pm. Broad St. (Outside EE). DROP IN.
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STORIES AND CRAFT @ CHESTNUT WALK
Join award winning arts charity Jelly and artist Linda Newcombe at Chestnut Walk as they transform the walls of Reading Gaol into a story book, with accompanying activities. There are no words, only pictures, each reading unique. What will your story be?
7-10pm. Chestnut Walk. DROP IN.
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MUSIC BY THE PRISON
A roster of acoustic singer-songwriters accompany the activity on Chestnut Walk. Ft. My Crooked Teeth, Tom Martin and Henry Ordish.
7-10pm. Chestnut Walk. DROP IN.
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READING ABBEY: A HERSTORY
An interactive performance by Reside Dance revealing a hidden herstory of Reading Abbey. Wear comfortable clothes and prepare to get Involved!
7.15-8.15pm. Elisabeth Frink Garden. DROP IN.
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STRINGS @ THE STATION
Relax and enjoy some classical music with Aldworth Philharmonic’s string ensemble. To access: ask the gate line staff to let you Into the event but do not board a train without a ticket.
7.30-9pm. Reading Station Transfer Deck. DROP IN.
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BEFORE YOU GO HOME
Double Okay presents an evening of intimate soundscapes and spoken word, an ephemeral archive of queer narratives that will be accessed through oral histories, existing in memory form after the evening has ended.
8.30-11pm. Oakford Social Club. DROP IN.
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MA BESSIE
Duo covering the music of Bessie Smith and other popular jazz and blues artists.
9-11pm. The Three Guineas (inside). DROP IN.
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Tickets FREE, Unticketed
5pm – 11pm Each venue or site will be within walking distance of the next event on the trail and we plan to offer a special bus shuttle service to/ from the University Campus throughout the evening.
Various venues Reading Town Centre