Festival on The Close 2023: With a Fine Disregard
Last week of June 2023
A major public festival of arts and education since 2017.
Our inclusive programme gives Rugby’s young people and community the chance to interact with professional practitioners, international artists and world-class entertainers.
A week-long programme of music, theatre, comedy, dance and a wide spectrum of creative workshops promises something for everyone.
Professionally run and backed by an A-list of supportive patrons including Dame Judi Dench, the festival turns the stunning grounds of Rugby School into a buzzing hub of creativity and culture during the last week of June.
Join us on The Close to see the BBC Concert Orchestra, Comedy with Seann Walsh, Horrible Histories, Tom Seals with Mark Pougatch and so much more!
The Festival on the Close 2023 will also bring hundreds of free creative workshops to local school groups. Giving young people these unique experiences to work with professional artists lies at the heart of the festival. It’s what makes us one of the most ambitious and exciting educational arts festivals in the country!