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About Kenilworth Arts Festival

Kenilworth Arts Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of the creative arts that weaves throughout the leafy setting of historic Kenilworth. Our aim is to bring together some of the finest contemporary music, literature and art from across the country, as well as to offer a platform for local talent. With a programme of inspiring and engaging events that will exhibit the current creative landscape at its very best, we hope to inspire people of all ages to try new things, hone their skills and indulge their passions.

We do not confine ourselves to any particular genre or style, rather we strive to reflect exciting developments across the broadest spectrum of culture to offer a celebration of art, innovation and community.  For one week, Kenilworth is transformed into a hive of creative exploration.

Our festival programme offers three interconnected strands, each designed to engage, challenge and entertain. Together, they provide a week-long immersive experience.

  • Headline events feature a varied range of nationally and internationally renowned and respected musicians, writers and artists, united by their exceptional output.
  • Fringe events, exhibitions and workshops offer a platform for local talent, showcase new work and, like all the festival’s events, aim to engage the imagination of festival goers.
  • Fiesta is a free, open-air extravaganza held in the beautiful surroundings of Abbey Fields. This event features live music, theatre, local arts & crafts and a host of interactive activities for all age groups.

Kenilworth Arts Festival is the sort of festival I would like to go to all the time. I wish it was always there, at the end of a long drive. It has such good and noble intentions; bringing creativity and curiosity to the forefront of people’s minds.” 

Rachel Sermanni

Singer-songwriter, 'Folk-noir balladeer'

About Kenilworth

Kenilworth is nestled in the heart of Warwickshire. It is perhaps best known for its castle – or at least its extensive ruins – which inspired fawning words from Walter Scott and have attracted many a visitor over the last eight centuries or so.

Ruins aside, Kenilworth also boasts some beautiful green spaces, a vibrant arts scene, fantastic restaurants and extraordinary, centuries-old buildings. You’ll find thatched cottages and theatres, bookshops and bakeries, muddy paths and Michelin stars.

We are committed to ensuring that the festival is embedded within the fabric of the town, and our events thus take place in a number of Kenilworth’s unique settings and venues.

About the Organisers

The festival is an entirely voluntary organisation – we come from a variety of backgrounds and are united by a desire to create something extraordinary in the heart of Warwickshire. Our committee consists of students, teachers, editors, actors, jazz club co-coordinators, bookshop owners, musicians, clay modellers, composers, parents, pensioners and project managers. As well as enthusiasm for the arts, our members bring experience with community projects and longstanding connections to local businesses and charities.