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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.

Lewis

Lewis

Chairperson / Artistic Director

Lewis oversees the festival as a whole. He is responsible for programming the headline events, ‘spotlight series’ and live performances at Fiesta, and also works on funding and design. By day, he is a PhD student at the University of Warwick and an editor for Lacuna Magazine. 

Charlotte

Charlotte

Headline Events & Comms

As well as working on the headline events programme, Charlotte oversees the marketing and communications strategies for the festival. She also teaches English Language, plays piano and co-organises a regular open mic night at the Tree House Bookshop. 

Liz

Liz

Fiesta

Liz oversees all aspects of Fiesta, the outdoor event which kicks-off the festival. Liz returned to Kenilworth in 2015 with her partner and young daughter after 10 years living in Amsterdam. She is keen to bring to Kenilworth some of the brilliant aspects of free family festivals that she enjoyed in the Netherlands.

Rosie

Rosie

Treasurer & Fringe Events

Rosie has lived in Kenilworth for the last 13 years and has been actively involved in music, dance and drama in the area for nearly 30 years. She is pleased to be the Treasurer for the festival as well as part of the Fringe committee. 

Clare

Clare

Fringe Events

Clare helps run the Fringe events of the festival, which bring fun and opportunities to people of all ages and diverse interests. She’s a local dancer, morris woman and ceilidh caller, and generally loves community events. She works at the University of Warwick.  

Julia

Julia

Fiesta & Funding

“I’ve lived in Kenilworth on and off for 30 years and joined the festival team last year by volunteering at Fiesta. I love being involved and being able to contribute to putting on a great week for the town.”

Belinda

Belinda

Fiesta

Belinda is lending her event management experience, gained in her hometown of Melbourne, to the Fiesta committee.

Elinor

Elinor

Fiesta

“It’s my first year helping with the Arts Festival and I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many enthusiastic people. I have been respomsible for booking some of the Fiesta catering and activity options, the tents and the all-important loos!