Rugby Festival Of Culture 2017

This weekend Rugby Festival of Culture makes a triumphant return, after winning the Culture Award for the Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards last year for its fantastic 2016 festival. Offering a packed line-up of exhibitions, performance, live music, food, drink and loads more besides, the festival takes place in Rugby town centre from the 24 June – 16 July. Flatpack: Assemble have once again teamed up with Rugby Festival of Culture to provide the film programme:

SISTER ACT WITH LIVE CHOIR
Saturday 24 June, 11am – Rugby Baptist Church – FREE
Dir: Emile Ardolino, USA 1992, 100 mins

When lively Vegas lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) witnesses a crime at the hands of her mobster beau, she is entered into witness protection to avoid a similar fate. Set up in the guise of a nun she turns to the one place that she hopes he will never look – a Convent! Disguised as a nun Deloris woefully tries to adopt her new lifestyle and after several false starts, she finally finds her voice at the heart of the church choir. Featuring a performance from Voice of Unity Choir.

Booking: Free entry, no booking required.

DIY DRIVE-IN: MELODY MAKERS (suitable for 2+)
Sunday 25 June, 2pm – The Arnold House – tickets £3
Dir: various

At DIY drive-in, families are invited to come along and create a cardboard car, then park up for a tuneful selection of short films. Melody Makers is full of rhythms, rhymes and sing-alongs, featuring musical journeys with father and son in the folky Cookie-Tin Banjo, and Ichi, the world’s greatest one-man-band, teaches us the names of all the animals in Japanese in his new music video, Hippo +47. Other creatures to look out for include the friendly black and white monster in Antje Heyn’s Pawo, and the slightly confused dinosaur in the vibrantly colourful Wayne the Stegosaurus.

Booking: In person at Rugby visitor centre, or call 01788533217.

SHORT FILM NIGHT
Wednesday 28 June, 7pm – The Merchants – FREE
Dir: various

Flatpack presents a one-off evening of short film joy at the Merchants. Covering everything from inventive animation and archive oddities to music videos and recent award-winners, this is a good two hours of mind-bending entertainment for zero pounds. There will also be some advice and info if you’re interested in setting up your own film night.

Booking: Free entry, no booking required.

LA LA LAND (12A)
Saturday 1 July, 9.30pm (doors from 8pm) – Caldecott Park – £8 / £6
Dir: Damien Chazelle, USA 2017, 125 mins

Join us under the stars for a special open-air screening of this Oscar-winning love story from Damien Chazelle. La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, both struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Join us under the stars for a special open-air screening of this Oscar-winning love story.

Booking: In person at Rugby visitor centre, or call 01788533217. Tickets also available on the door.

FESTIVAL ON THE CLOSE

This year’s festival has also been extended by a week to include the Festival on the Close, a public arts festival built around a programme of educational enrichment workshops. The programme includes a screening of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with live organ from internationally renowned organist David Briggs in Rugby School’s atmospheric chapel.

The full programme for Rugby Festival of Culture is available here.

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ENDORSEMENTS

"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member