Reading International Festival 2016

Reading International Festival 2016

This year’s Reading International Festival opens in an uncompromising manner with the film The Killing$ of Tony Blair at RISC on London Street, on Friday 14 October.

Events are held across Reading, including at Reading Museum and Watlington House, but Katesgrove is well represented with events at the Rising Sun Arts Centre and the Map Partnership, both on Silver Street, as well as RISC.

Reading Borough Council civic offices

Colin Bobb-Semple,  a scholar of English common law, African enslavement
and human rights, talks about the transatlantic slave trade and its destructive impact on Africa and the Caribbean, at the Mayor’s Parlour at the Reading Borough Council Civic Centre on Tuesday 18 October from 6.30pm.

Rising Sun Arts Centre

The Rising Sun Arts Centre shows the film The Wind Will Carry Us , a homage to Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami, on Friday 21 October at 7.30pm.

Main door, Quaker Meeting House, Reading

Journeymen Theatre will present a series of monologues, duologues and poems about state-sanctioned torture called Feeding the Darkness at the Reading Quaker Meeting House on Church Street on Friday 21 October at 7.30pm.

Where in the Ward 1

The Apollo After School Club at the Map Partnership will be holding an ‘Imani Family Event’ on Saturday 29 October at 12 noon. The day will include story telling, activities, arts and crafts stalls, followed by live performances.

RISC on London Street

Tutu’s Ethiopian Table celebrates 10 years at RISC’s Global Café on Monday 31 October at 6.30pm with a buffet, a traditional coffee ceremony, live music and dance.

There are many other events; some are free to enter, some suggest donations, but some require paid tickets and need booking.


  1. Reading International Festival 2016
  2. RISC
  3. Rising Sun Arts Centre
  4. MAP Partnership (Facebook)
  5. Apollo After School Club
  6. Reading Museum
  7. Watlington House
  8. Reading Quakers Meeting House