Organiser getting excited about 2012 Rugby Festival of Culture

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AFTER a successful debut last year, the 2012 Rugby Festival of Culture is set to be bigger, brighter and louder.

Festival director Chris Stanley spoke to Rugby Hospital Radio about his vision for this year’s event, which begins on Monday July 2. For the first two weeks of July, the town’s streets, public spaces and venues will host artists, poets, musicians, dancers and actors.

Caldecott Park will be the setting for one of the highest-profile events, the Picnic In The Park. Other venues include the Library, Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby Theatre and Rugby School’s Temple Speech Room.

Chris, who is organising the Festival on behalf of the Borough Council and Rugby First, said: “The 2012 Rugby Festival of Culture promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 80 events planned, many of them new.

“Once again the interest, passion, support and enthusiasm for the festival from individuals, groups, organisations and the local community has been overwhelming.

Rugby Hospital Radio secretary Phil Smith added: “It’s been great to meet Chris.

“He has a real enthusiasm for the Festival of Culture, so it’s not surprising he and the other organisers have been able to get so many community groups and businesses involved.

“We’re glad to be able to help publicise the event and will be doing our bit to keep our listeners informed as to what’s going on when it all happens”.

Rugby Hospital Radio is a registered charity, run by volunteers providing the radio service to St Cross Patients. The station is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2012.

The full festival guide booklet will be published in June, and copies will be available free from Rugby Library as well as from participating businesses including the Advertiser.

In the meantime, the latest news is available on the official website at