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Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is a Development Education Centre close to the heart of Reading's town centre. We work with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for sustainable development, human rights and social justice.

Our inspiration is summed up by Elvia Alvarado, a Honduran woman working with local communities to secure their rights to land, food, education and health care:

We are not asking for food or clothing or money
We want you with us in the struggle
We want you to educate your people
We want you to organise your people
We want you to join our struggle
Don't be afraid, gringos
Keep your spirits high 
And remember
We're right there with you!

Mon-Fri: 09:30 - 18:00
Sat: 10:00 - 18:00
Sun: 11:00 - 17:00
Monday: Closed
Tue-Weds: 11:00 - 23:00
Thursday: 11:30 - 23:00
Fri-Sat: 11:00 - 01:00
Sunday: 14:00 - 22:30

17 February 2016 19:30

  The second film of our 'Colonialism' theme for the Spring term. Rereleased in 2013, this 1972 film and has been compared with Coppola's Apocalypse Now. It is l...




25 February 2016 19:30

  Leaving Little Havana - Cecilia Fernandez  Revolution uprooted six-year-old Cecilia from her comfortable middle-class Cuban home and dropped her into the low-income Miami neighborho...




16 March 2016 19:30

Final film of our Spring theme of 'Colonialism'. Set in an unnamed African country once colonised by France, this film explores the impact of colonialism in the present day. As the owner of a ...




31 March 2016 19:30

A novel within a novel, The Forty Rules of Love tells two parallel stories that mirror each other across two very different cultures and seven intervening centuries. Forty-year-old Ella Rubenstein ...