Rugby Festival of Culture "the best ever"

Published: Monday, 17th July 2017

The curtain came down on the award winning ‘Rugby Festival of Culture’ on Sunday and organisers and visitors have hailed it as the best ever.

The festival took place in Rugby town centre between Saturday 24 June and Sunday 16 July and was specially extended this year to include ‘The Festival on the Close’ – part of Rugby School’s 450 year anniversary celebrations.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Managing Director, said:

This is the seventh year the festival has taken place and there is no doubt in my mind that this has been the best so far.

"Audience numbers have been up and feedback has been excellent.

“It has created a real buzz around the town centre and those businesses, venues, groups and organisations that have been involved with the festival have reported a noticeable increase in trade and footfall which is excellent news for the local economy.

“There were over 100 events taking place in more than twenty town centre locations and I would like to thank all those individuals, volunteers, groups, organisations and businesses that have been involved with the festival for all their hard work and fantastic effort – they have been amazing. A special thank you also to our sponsors and advertisers.”

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said:

“The Rugby Festival of Culture is now an established part of the arts and cultural calendar in Coventry and Warwickshire, and I am thrilled that it continues to draw new audiences into Rugby town centre.

“I would like to congratulate the many artists, actors, musicians and other performers who took part this year, and look forward to working with them to draw up plans for next year’s event.”

If you are interested in being involved with the ‘Rugby Festival of Culture’ in 2018 please email or call 01788 890 789.