The Arts and Culture Committee's aim is to encourage, support and, in conjunction with other organisations, deliver artistic and cultural events to users of the Town Centre. This is done in a number of ways; through yearly and established events like Sunny Saturdays, Fun Day and the Living Advent Calendar; through one off events such as the Queen's Birthday and  Jubilee celebrations; and through pilot initiatives such as the Films in the Town Hall.


Virtual Museum

See historical treasures of the Town Hall, artefacts and personages. Click here for the Virtual Museum


Cultural Month

When: Every Day in May.Where: various.

May is Wokingham Town's Cultural Month. Arts and cultural events are happening every day. Click here for more information Cultural Month

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The International Street Concert

When: First Saturday in June. In 2017 it was on the 3rd June.Where: Broad Street.

In early June but often seen as the finale of the Cultural Month, The International Street Concert brings international acts to an open air stage in the centre of town.

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Sunny Saturdays 

When: Every Saturday in May, June, July, August and September.
Where: Market Place.

Local artists are invited to perform for a few hours on a Saturday. Previous acts have included childrens' entertainment, local bands, soloists and choral groups. If you are interested in performing please get in touch.  Contact the Arts and Culture Officer for more details.
*please note you must have or be willing to get Public Liability Insurance.

Check Love Wokingham for upcoming performances


Fun Day

When: Saturday in the last Bank Holiday in May. 10am - 4pm
Where: Langborough Recreation Ground

Each year the Town Council puts on a free Fun Day for the children of the Town. Activities have included Face Painting, Magic shows, Petting Zoo, Fairground Rides, Candyfloss and Balloons.

 

Theatre in the Park

When: Late Spring to Mid Summer
Where: Howard Palmer Gardens

Each year the Arts and Culture Committee commission at least two performances in the open air from local theatre companies. These commonly include one in May as part of Cultural Month and one later in the Summer. For details of performances please see the Love Wokingham website


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Dressing the Christmas Tree

When: Early December
Where: Market Place

An annual event, the Dressing takes place after the Winter Carnival. Local schools are invited to produce decorations for the large tree in the Market Place and these are recieved by the Mayor at the Dressing. Carols are sung and refreshments are provided.

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar

When: December 1st - 24th
Where: All around the Town Centre

Join us in December for the Living Advent Calendar. Each evening at a venue in the Town see a short 15 minute performance by a local artist or group.
For more information check out the Advent minisite here



 


Archive:

For specific information on the 2016 concert check the Queen's Birthday minisite

Town Hall Talks

Between 2013 and 2016 there was a programme of talks in the Town Hall.  Starting with a pilot series of three lectures in 2013 each took place in the Town Hall covering art, history, music, dance and more.
Please keep and eye on Love Wokingham for any ad hoc talks that may come up.

 

Films in the Town Hall

In 2012 the concept of showing films in the Town Hall was trialed. The free showing of The Artist, aimed at bringing together a group of people who were interested in starting a film Society, was sold out with a substantial waiting list. From this showing an independant group was formed that have gone onto become the Wokingham Film Society and are showing films within the borough. 

www.wokinghamfilmsociety.com

 

Wokingham Pillars

Where: Peach Street

In 2012 after the Jubilee celebrations the Council identified that a number of people had enjoyed the work put into temporarily decorating the Town. To promote local artists it was decided to paint murals on the pillars along Peach Street.  These have now gone as part of the Town's regeneration. For more information on the individual pillars click here.

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