The stage is all set, the curtain due to rise and visitors are waiting in eager anticipation of this year’s Rugby Festival of Culture. Running from Friday 28 June until Sunday 14 July, and taking place in a variety of town centre locations and venues, the festival only in its third year, is expected to play host to thousands of people over the two week period.
Supported by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council and a wide variety of local individuals, groups, businesses and organisations, the festival plans to serve up a fantastic feast of cultural entertainment, including music, dance, art, theatre, comedy, poetry, literature, walks, food, drink and much more! With more than eighty events to choose from we guarantee there will be something for you – just don’t be late as events are filling up quickly (with many sold out already!)
If you enjoy outdoor theatre we’ll have you jumping with joy – with three performances including ‘Alice – An extraordinary adventure’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Story in the Park’, a magical tale devised and performed by Rugby Theatre – you would have to be as mad as a mad hatter not to enjoy them - don’t forget your picnic!
Follow the Art Trail, marvel at the exhibitions, enjoy some lively street entertainment, try your hand at photography or nail art, laugh with Brewer’s Troupe and performing poets, flash dance, salsa or Zumba, listen to bewitching tales of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, learn how to make your own floral display or just sit back and enjoy some great music at ‘Picnic in the Park’, with Rugby FM’s resident mad hatter Jason Moss!
If you like your food why not join us on Thursday 11 July at a mouth-watering Food Fayre, where visitors can taste, smell and buy some tempting treats from over twenty-five stalls, selling a fantastic array of high quality food and drinks. There’s more to tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst with local restaurants, cafes and pubs putting on some great events that offer a delicious combination of quality food, Real Ales, Ciders, Perries, wines, music, dance and comedy – very tasty! If you are going to an event why not enjoy a pre or post event meal or drink in one of the town centre restaurants or pubs?
Music lovers will not be disappointed either – from MOBO award nominee Ayanna Witter-Johnson to local lads and lasses ‘Stringfever’ and “Rugby’s songbird” Hollie Aires, Choral Music to award winning Opera, relaxing jazz to old school and eighties Ska, Choirs to steel bands, Elvis and much more!
For more information on the festival please visit www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk (includes electronic copy of the festival guide), call 01788 533217, pick up your FREE festival guide from Rugby Visitor Centre or follow us on Facebook.
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