Rugby Festive of Culture Guide out now

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THE programme for this year’s Festival of Culture has been revealed - and it promises to bring a buzz to the town.

The vibrant two-week festival, to beheld between July 2 and 15, is back following the success of the first event in 2011 and features an array of musicians, poets, thespians and other performers entertaining on streets, stages, parks and other venues across town.

This year’s event, organised by town centre management company Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council, includes an outdoor performance of the Railway Children, a food fair, street entertainment, cider and beer festivals, music workshops, exhibitions, live bands, dance, classical performances, opera, story-telling, poetry, open air readings, craft workshops, comedy, walks and much more.

And from today a free, glossy 36-page guide to the festival is available from the Rugby Visitor Centre.

Chris Stanley, festival director, said: “The festival provides a fantastic platform for local musicians, dancers, comics, artists, writers, actors and singers to showcase their talent and be part of what is already one of Rugby’s biggest and most popular events.

“In the guide you will find an exciting array of activities that are guaranteed to offer some great fun and entertainment for everyone. Many restaurants will also be serving up special menus throughout the festival period.”

Events during the first week of the festival include the Olympic torch passing through Rugby and Dunchurch, the Merchants Inn’s cider and perry festival (July 2 to 8), Dickensian-clad characters reading Mugby Junction on Rugby’s Platform 2 on Tuesday between 8am and 10am, multiple events at Rugby School’s theatre and gallery, an open-air performance of The Railway Children by Heartbreak Productions in Caldecott Park on Tuesday at 6pm and Rugby Music Festival throughout Thursday in Caldecott park.

To obtain a guide, call into the Rugby Visitor Centre, phone 01788 533217 or email visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk. The guide can also be found on the festival website at www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk.