A week of events to inspire the people of Reading to act on climate change
Curated by the Reading Climate Change Partnership and supported by Reading Place of Culture – a partnership project between Reading Borough Council, Reading University and Reading UK CIC – through Reading Culture Live, we’ll be running an extensive programme of free virtual events for diverse audiences on the theme of climate change. In the week when COP26 would have taken place if not for the pandemic, we want to enable as many people as possible to get involved, share, learn and join the call to action towards the goal of Zero Carbon Reading 2030.
The events programme will be published at the end of September; meanwhile businesses or community groups who are interested in running an event as part of the festival can find the expression of interest form here.
Here’s how it works:
Any group or organisation can host an event of their choice, subject to the following conditions:
- The content must be consistent with the theme of inspiring positive action on some aspect of climate change.
- The event must be free of charge and open to anybody who wishes to be involved.
- The scheduling must be agreed with the festival co-ordinator.
- The host will promote the event to its own network.
- All event comms must be co-branded with Reading Climate Festival and Reading Climate Action Network logos and feature a closing slide with the festival’s call to action.
- Registration must request permission to share contact details with the festival organisers.
- There is no cost for inclusion in the Reading Climate Festival; all event costs will be covered by the event hosts.
- RCCP will schedule events to avoid clashes between events with similar audiences.
- Reading Culture Live will provide technical expertise to support the set-up and efficient running of online events.
- A festival toolkit will be provided containing festival logo artwork and editable social media assets to help in the promotion of individual events.
- Support and guidance will be available for listing events on Eventbrite and hosting them on either Zoom or Facebook Live.
- Reading Culture Live will feature all festival events on its website and promote through its usual channels.
- What’s on Reading will list all festival events.
- Reading Climate Action will promote all events through its own website and social media networks.
- Reading Borough Council will promote the festival through its communications programme.
- Events will be recorded and hosted for on-demand viewing by Reading Culture Live and Reading Climate Action Network for a period following the festival.
The type of event is at the discretion of the host, but examples could include webinars, round tables, workshops, best-practice sharing sessions, case studies, performances, art installations or movie screenings (RCCP can help prospective hosts access rights for free public screenings of movies). Events can be aimed at the general public or specific groups such as businesses, a particular locality or interest group, culture or faith. Events are online by default; live events organised under Covid-safe conditions can be included at the host’s risk subject to acceptable risk assessment. Content should have a positive message that inspires, empowers and encourages practical action on climate change.
How to get involved
Simply complete the application form at this link by Friday 25th September. We will confirm your allocated time slot and send you a festival toolkit. Four weeks before the festival we will re-confirm with you that your event is going ahead; we will collect your registration link to include in the festival promotion and connect you with the technical support function at Reading Culture Live for a technical briefing. Any queries, please email email@example.com.