Elgar Concert brings the curtain down on Rugby Festival of Culture 2012

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

The Elgar Concert, held in the Temple Speech Room, on Sunday evening marked the end of the two week Rugby Festival of Culture.

The festival, in its second year, ran from July 2 to 15, at a variety of town centre locations and venues, and over the course of the two weeks (with many of the events sold out), attracted thousands of visitors into the town centre, helping to boost the local economy and celebrate the ‘Best of Rugby’.

Supported by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council and a wide variety of local individuals, groups, businesses, organisations and sponsors, feedback has been extremely positive with many people already looking forward to the 2013 festival.

The programme was packed full of quality entertainment and offered something for everyone, with over 70 events, including an outdoor performance of ‘The Railway Children’, a ‘Food Fayre’, street entertainment, cider and beer festivals, music workshops, exhibitions, live bands, dance, classical performances, art trail, opera, story-telling, poetry, open air readings, craft workshops, comedy, walks and much more.

Robin Richter, Chair of Rugby First Ltd, said: “The Festival is only in its second year and I am absolutely delighted with how it has gone – even the weather could not spoil what was a fantastic programme of events. I would like to say a special thank you to individuals, local businesses, community groups, Rugby School, Rugby Visitor Centre, organisations, volunteers and our sponsors who have brought the festival to life and most importantly the people of Rugby (and visitors) for supporting it and making it a great success.”

Cllr Heather Timms added: “The festival has been amazing and it is very easy to forget that it is only in its second year. It has provided a fantastic opportunity for local individuals and groups to perform or showcase their work and once again quite clearly illustrates how much is going on in the local area. As always we welcome feedback and are keen to hear how we can improve the Festival next year, as well as get more individuals, groups and businesses involved.”

Please visit www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk to complete your online survey or post your comments, photographs or experiences on our Facebook page. Alternatively take part in our discussion forum – details found on the Festival website. If you would like to be involved with the 2013 Festival email chris@ucltd.co.uk.