Rugby Festival of Culture kicks off on Friday

The South perform at the Benn Hall on Sunday
The South perform at the Benn Hall on Sunday

Friday sees the curtain lift on Rugby town centre’s showcase event - the Rugby Festival of Culture.

Now in its fifth year, the colourful event, supported by Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council, runs from Friday until Sunday July 12.

On the menu will be music, dance, art, theatre, comedy, poetry, literature, walks, food, drink, and much more.

The free festival guide, available from Rugby Visitor Centre, has details of more than 80 events lined up.

Popular band The South will perform at the Benn Hall on Sunday at 7pm. Scouting for Girls will perform at the venue on July 5 at 7pm.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “It’s amazing to see how in such a short space of time the festival has grown and gained in popularity.

“It continues to provide a wonderful showcase for the rich and diverse range of cultural activities within the borouh and of course a brilliant platform for the local and wonderfully talented creative individuals and groups that continue to support the festival.

“These along with the businesses are the face and life-blood of the event and make it extra special – something we all should be very proud of within the borough. A heart felt thank you to all those involved along with our advertisers and sponsors.”

Families can follow the art trail, marvel at the exhibitions, try their hand at photography, sing along to Disney’s smash-hit animated musical Frozen, enjoy a chuckle at the Benn Hall comedy night, join David Starkey talking about the Magna Carta, celebrate the ‘Last Night of the Proms’, and create their own crazy sunglasses, be inspired by Stephen Raines Piano Recital.

The mouth-watering Food Fayre takes place on Thursday 9 July. Visitors will have the chance to buy tempting treats from more than thirty stalls.

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