About Kenilworth Arts Festival
Kenilworth Arts is an annual, multi-genre festival, launched in 2016. The festival takes place over 10 days in September, with events, workshops and exhibitions held in various venues around the historic town of Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
At the heart of Kenilworth Arts Festival is a desire to celebrate high quality, original work within the contemporary arts. Every year we bring together award-winning, internationally-acclaimed writers, musicians and visual artists from around the country (and beyond) for one-off, intimate events. The festival also provides a platform for outstanding emerging talent, showcases local work and offers new arts experiences to people of all ages.
Kenilworth Arts Festival 2018 will take place from the 20th – 29th September. We’ll be announcing our line-up in April, so check back soon for more details.
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. Our events take place in a variety of unique settings and venues throughout the town.
Lewis oversees the festival as a whole. He is responsible for programming, and also works on funding, design & website building. By day, he is a PhD student at the University of Warwick and an editor for Lacuna Magazine.
Charlotte helps with the programming and with marketing and comms for the festival. She also teaches English, plays piano and co-organises a regular open mic night at the Tree House Bookshop.
RosieRosie is Treasurer for the festival, and also helps with fringe events. She has lived in Kenilworth for the last 14 years and has been actively involved in music, dance and drama in the area for nearly 30 years.
John lives in Kenilworth near the tip. He can often be seen round and about pretending to be a shepherd with his loyal hound, Basil (the best looking dog in Kenilworth!). He helps to plan & promote the festival.
Liz returned to Kenilworth in 2015 after 10 years living in Amsterdam. She is keen to bring to Kenilworth some of the brilliant aspects of family festivals that she enjoyed in the Netherlands.
“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,