Hello everybody! Welcome to this year’s Summer Events blog. This year you’ll find fewer events, but more variety – starting with Waterfest, through to our annual film screening and East Reading Festival, and finishing up with Reading Pride (which is entirely new for us). Without further ado, then, let’s get started!

1. Reading Waterfest – Saturday 10th June, 11am – 5pm, Forbury Gardens and the Kennet and Avon canal
Explore the canals of Reading, enjoy fairground rides and games in Forbury Gardens, watch the flotilla passing by – you can even have a tour of Nick’s narrow boat!

2. A Syrian Love Story: film screening + panel discussion – Tuesday 20th June, 7:45pm, Reading Film Theatre, Palmer building, Whiteknights Campus
A Syrian Love Story is a documentary which charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West.
After the screening, there will be a discussion, with special guests Lord Alf Dubs - who escaped the Nazis in Prague, via Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport, to later become a Labour peer - and the film’s director, Sean McAllister, on the issues facing refugees and migrants today.
Tickets are £8, but RRSG clients can come along for free (- just contact us beforehand).
Call 0118 378 7151 or go to www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk/events/a-syrian-love-story for tickets.

3. East Reading Festival, Sunday 25th June, Palmer Park
Face painting! Rides! Games! Stalls! Music! Food! All the things you could hope for from a free, local festival. The line-up so far is here, and they’re updating it as we get closer to big day.

4. Reading Pride, Saturday 2nd September, Kings Meadow
The first Reading Pride was in 2003, and there’s been an event every year since. It is a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights, achievements, and culture. In many countries around the world, being LGBT is still illegal, sometimes even punishable by death, so some people flee their home countries and try to resettle in more liberal places. This can be very difficult; other people in migrant communities may reject you, or you may find it difficult providing ‘proof’ to the authorities that you really are LGBT. This is why we think it’s about time RRSG said a loud and proud YOU ARE WELCOME HERE to LGBT refugees!
There’s a parade through the town centre, followed by music and stalls at Kings Meadow – it’s a real party atmosphere!

We hope you can join us!