Reading Virtual Hub
Reading local council introduces a new online platform for arts and culture.
05:47 16 June 2020
ReadingUK Culture Live has partnered with the University of Reading and Reading Borough Council to bring workshops, performances and craft activities straight to Berkshire Homes. The move follows the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown that led to the closure of many arts venues and events in the area. The online platform streams sessions ranging from yoga and dance classes to music and crafts workshops.
The online platform is funded by the Great Places Scheme and offers content for free. However, some small businesses may ask for a small fee or donation to cover their costs.
Nigel Horton-Baker, executive director of Reading UK, said: "We are missing our cultural fix in Reading in these Covid times and our local artists and cultural community have had their income streams cut off overnight.
"This project brings the two elements together to keep us healthy and lift our spirits during these difficult times, while providing a platform for Reading's renowned creative sector."
Karen Rowland, Reading Borough Council's lead for heritage, culture and recreation, said: "Enjoy a new piece of music, find the artist within you, dance-off pent-up energy, meditate your way to inner peace or tuck the kids away at something fun and good for them, whilst you take a well-earned breather.
"Arts and culture can pave the way to better mental and physical health for everyone."