This year’s Rugby Festival of Culture presented more than 80 opportunities to celebrate the best of Rugby’s art, literature, music, dance, food and drink.
My challenge was to see how many events I could attend and I managed to go to events from each category including reading extracts from “Mugby Junction” on a cold, wet and windy railway station, attending a performance of The Railway Children which swept the audience away to another place and time despite the inclement weather.
I joined the knitters at the Percival Guildhouse, marvelled at the Art of Social Enterprise exhibition of objects made from recycled materials, was enthralled by the lecture about the history of the Royal School of Needlework, listened to our primary school choirs, was entertained by “Flashman the Musical” and “Bollywood Nights”, became a celebrity at the Food Fayre’s “Ready, Steady, Cook” and attended some amazing concerts culminating in the Stringfest concert of works by Elgar.
The Festival would not have been possible without the Rugby Visitors’ Centre handling the enquiries and bookings, the generous support of sponsors Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council, Wycliffe Peugeot, the DK group, Clock Towers, Rugby FM, Rugby School and Stringfest.
The planning and organisation has been the work of a dedicated group of people representing the arts and culture of Rugby.
Congratulations to everyone who has participated and a big thank you to everyone who attended and supported all the events and contributed to the Festival’s success.
My theme for the year to celebrate Rugby was certainly achieved!
Cllr Kathryn Lawrence,
Mayor of Rugby.