Fringe festival comes to Reading in July

Bicycle Boy (photo courtesy of the Reading Fringe Festival).

This year’s Reading Fringe festival runs from 24 until 29 July at venues across Reading town.

This celebration of Reading’s art and culture is now in its sixth year, and includes more than 100 local and international performances, including musical instruments made of ice, urban art, comedy, cabaret and family friendly workshops.

“This year’s festival is all about creating connections through art and culture,” said festival director Zsuzsi Lindsay. “We wanted to do this through the international acts we’re welcoming to Reading, but we also want people to connect with each other through shared experiences, for example commuters at Reading station stopping to look up from their phones to enjoy one of the pop-up performances. ”

One of the family friendly events at this year’s Fringe is Bicycle Boy, a bicycle powered musical for children aged six to ten. Drew Colby also enchants youngsters with shadow theatre in My Shadow and Me, and singer-songwriter Nick Cope charms little fans with songs at an exclusive concert for a young audience.

The Reading Fringe film festival runs concurrently and will show short films by new and upcoming filmmakers. There is also a competition for aspiring film-makers to submit their own films to the festival.

The Fringe festival is also looking for a Reading band to support the launch party on 24 July; email for more details.