About

The Festival on The Close is a major public festival of arts and education. Professionally run and backed by an A-list of engaged and fully supportive patrons including Dame Judi Dench and Anthony Horowitz, the festival turns the stunning grounds of Rugby School into a buzzing hub of creativity and culture during the last week of June. With five days of pulsating music, dance, comedy and drama, there is something for everyone, attracting audiences to Rugby town as well as from across the region and beyond.

The Festival on the Close 2019 will also feature hundreds of free creative workshops open to local schools. Unique, once in a lifetime experiences – working with professional artists – lie at the heart of the festival and make this one of the most ambitious and exciting educational arts festivals in the country.

We are proud to announce the 2019 festival has pledged to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Working directly with the charity, everyone who supports the event will be helping to beat cancer sooner.

Tim Coker & Richard Tanner

Festival Directors

Patrons: Dame Judi Dench · Anthony Horowitz · Sir John Tomlinson · Sir Ronald Harwood · John Agard · 

Prof. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood · Prof. Jonothan Neelands

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