Held in association with the UK’s Great Big Green Week Reading Climate Festival 2023 offers more than a week of live and online events to inspire and encourage positive action on climate change between 10th and 21st June, ending on Show Your Stripes Day.

This year we are excited to be partnering with Reading Borough Council, REDA and the University of Reading to bring a famous art installation to the festival.

Luke Jerram’s Gaia has been created from NASA imagery and features surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones. Measuring seven metres in diameter and suspended inside Reading’s historic Concert Hall, Gaia features high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. You can book your ticket for Gaia here.

Reading Climate Festival incorporates a wide range of different types of in-person and online events, ranging from informative talks on climate action to performances and interactive workshops. As well as the events surrounding Gaia at The Town Hall, the festival will use venues around the town. Individuals, schools and businesses are all catered for with dedicated content, and where possible online events are recorded so that they can be enjoyed on demand after the Festival is over. Those who have attended before will find some familiar content such as tours of the Green Park wind turbine and talks on energy efficiency together with new events including films, musical performances, quizzes, food growing workshops and more. Many events are free.

New events will be added in the months leading up to the festival. To stay informed, follow Reading Climate Festival on Eventbrite.

Reading Climate Festival originated in 2020 as a series of online talks about various aspects of climate change and sustainable living to support the launch of Reading’s Climate Emergency response. It is run on a not-for-profit basis by a team of volunteers on behalf of Reading Climate Change Partnership, the multi-stakeholder voluntary group which is responsible for Reading’s Climate Emergency Strategy. The partnership’s public outreach is delivered through Reading Climate Action Network with the aim of bringing individuals, communities and organisations together in Reading to tackle climate change.

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