Great year for Kenilworth Arts Festival

Rihab Azar - photo credit Transluceo Photography

Organisers of Kenilworth Arts Festival have reported that 2018’s festival has been a great success, with increased ticket sales and sell-out shows.

The third annual festival, which ran from 20 to 29 September 2018, attracted over 2,000 people who travelled to the Warwickshire town from as far afield as Exeter, Cambridge, London, Norwich, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Wales.

Featuring a finely curated mix of events at such venues as Kenilworth Castle, Talisman Theatre and the Tree House Bookshop, highlights included a multi-media concert from Erland Cooper that combined classical/electronic music with film of his native Orkney; a weekend of literary talks with guests Kamila Shamsie, Kit de Waal and Donal Ryan – some of the UK’s most distinguished novelists; and a packed concert by internationally acclaimed Syrian oud player Rihab Azar.

The festival concluded with two evenings of music in St. John’s Church: the first featuring Californian singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop; the second with Bon Iver’s S. Carey and the hotly tipped Billie Marten.

Lewis Smith, Artistic Director of Kenilworth Arts Festival, said: “Now that the dust is starting to settle, I think we can look back on this year’s festival with real pride.

“It was an honour to be able to welcome such distinguished artists to Kenilworth, and a joy to be able to showcase the town at its best.

“From the launch of our exhibition through to the beautiful closing gig on Saturday, it’s been a very special ten days, and we’re pleased to have received lots of wonderful feedback from artists and audience members.

“The festival was a huge undertaking and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it possible – including our partners, artists, audiences and hardworking volunteers.”

Plans are already under way for 2019’s festival, which will take place from 19 to 28 September 2019. Further details, including line-up, will be announced in the spring. Sign up for more news and regular newsletters via: www.kenilworthartsfestival.co.uk

Image Caption: Rihab Azar at Kenilworth Arts Festival 2018 by Transluceo Photography

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