Let the culture begin


ORGANISERS of Rugby’s first Festival of Culture promise the town will be buzzing with exciting sights and sounds.

The event will take place at a variety of town centre locations and venues, from today (Thursday) until July 12.

It is backed by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council and features a programme packed full of entertainment.

These include 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.

Various unusual sights can be expected in the town.

During the festival look out for Marco the flying gnome, relax on Rugby’s first urban beach, make your own ukulele, let your feet tap to the beat of street entertainers, follow the art trail, read from one of the five Narnia chronicles or just sit back and enjoy music at ‘Picnic in the Park’.

‘Story in the Park’, meanwhile, is an interactive fairytale adventure taking place in Caldecott Park.

Violin virtuosos Stringfever, former Lawrence Sheriff students who are now professional musicians, will also be bringing their mix of classical and rock and roll music to the Temple Speech Room on Sunday July 10.

Robin Richter, chairman of town centre management company Rugby First, said: “It has created a real buzz around the town and we see it as a great chance to get more people into the town centre.”

For more information about the programme visit the official website: www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk.