Cultural event attracts thousands

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RUGBY’S first ever Festival of Culture received a standing ovation as the curtain came down on the final event.

The two-week festival ended on Tuesday evening with a school Choral Festival at the Temple Speech Room, marking the conclusion of 14 action packed days.

Robin Richter, chairman of Rugby First Ltd, which organised the festival, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with how the first festival has gone. Feedback has been fantastic with many events fully booked. The promenade theatre performance, by Rugby Theatre, was brilliant and for me one of the highlights.

“I would like to say a special thank you to individuals, local businesses, community groups, Rugby School, Rugby Visitor Centre, organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have brought the festival to life and most importantly the people of Rugby, and visitors, for supporting it and making it a success.”

The festival took place across the town and attracted thousands of visitors. The programme was packed full of entertainment including an art trail, promenade theatre performance, street entertainment, cider and beer festivals, music workshops, exhibitions, live bands, dance, classical performances, story-telling, poetry, open air readings and walks.

Cllr Heather Timms added: “There is a lot happening in Rugby, which we are very proud of, and the festival provided a great platform to shout about it.”

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