Rugby now boasts one of the finest culture festivals in the region, and this year’s vibrant two-week celebration begins on Friday June 28.
An array of internationally renowned musicians, poets, artists and writers are included in this year’s dazzling line-up – all of which can be found inside the festival’s free guide, which is now available to pick up from Rugby Visitors Centre at the library.
Venues are numerous and include everywhere from street corners to Rugby School’s Temple Speech Room. With over 100 events planned, there’s something for all ages and budgets, including classical and jazz music performances, wine tasting, opera, food sampling, outdoor theatre, children’s events and a traditional food fayre in Market Place.
Hundreds of local artists, businesses and performers are involved, along with some renowned performers include Mobo-nominated cello and vocal artist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, crime-writer Stephen Booth, classical musicians Stringfever, jazz saxophone player Ian Hill and classical guitarist Graham Roberts. Other highlights in the packed schedule include Rugby Operatic Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations (part of the festival launch on Friday June 28), a Rugby Roman history event at Rugby museum, and Warwickshire Open Studios’ art event (which runs throughout the festival). There’s an arts trail at 15 businesses (also running throughout the festival), a Last Night of the Proms performance by Rugby School musicians, a paella and flamenco guitar night at Vermillion, a taster evening at Summersault, a poems and pints event at the Town and Country Club and several professionally produced outdoor theatre productions for children and adults at Caldecott Park. There’s also the popular Rugby Reads event, which is expected to amuse and inform this year with stories from former Rugby school inspector David Howe.
There will also be a chance to sample some of Rugby’s best culinary delights in Market Place on Thursday July 11, when over 15 local businesses ranging from Rugby Tap to Cafe Vin Cinq pour, dish and display some of the finest food and drink in the region.
The event is run by town centre management company Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council. For a full programme listing all events, pick up a free guide from Rugby library or see rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk, tweet @RugbyFOC or search for the event on Facebook.