The Global Cafe is part of Reading International Solidarity Centre, or RISC. RISC began in 1981 as World Education Berkshire, and after 15 years working first from a double-decker bus and then from a small rented space on London Street, it moved to its current location in September 1996. A month later the Pangaea Cafe opened, being transformed into the Global Cafe a further two years later in 1998.
Today, the Global Cafe is host to an eclectic range of musical performances and genres, including jazz, folk, reggae, punk, hiphop, soul and motown. RISC is also the current home of Readifolk, a weekly folk-music group who also present their own weekly radio show on Reading4U.
With the Global Cafe on your right, cross the wide A329 straight over. Continue down this road (London Road), and then left onto King Street. Follow the road as it curves to the left. Continue past the Oracle entrance on your left, then into Gun Street (with the Minster on your right). Purple Turtle is on your left.
SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE
turn left out of the building, then left again onto South Street – the Arts Centre is 100m down this road, on your left