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Kenilworth Arts Festival

Starts: 19th Sep 2019

KENILWORTH ARTS FESTIVAL is back for its 4th edition features international artists, UK premieres and exclusive performances. The Festival, will run for 10 days from Thursday 19–Saturday 28 September 2019,

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Start Date

19th Sep 2019

End Date

28th Sep 2019

Location

Kenilworth

Lineup

Nadia Reid, Pauline Drand, Darius Brubeck, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Amelia Gentleman, Resina X Christina Vantzou, AVA, art installations, panel debates

Details

Opening the Festival will be the critically acclaimed award-winning singer-songwriter Nadia Reid from New Zealand who will be performing a one-off concert in the beautiful surroundings of St Nicholas Church. Celebrated for her intimate musical soundscape and unique voice, Nadia has played all over the world, appeared on BBC’s Later … with Jools Holland and her album ‘Preservation’; was named #2 in Mojo’s album of the year list in 2017. A unique chance to see one of the world’s rising music stars.

The festival welcomes the multi-award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the eldest of the Kanneh-Mason family and a regular performer on TV and radio. A former finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, Isata has gone onto perform in prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall and The Barbican. Isata will be performing pieces from her debut album ‘Romance’, which celebrates the work of composer Clara Schumann, along with a selection of Brahms compositions.

Further musical highlights include American jazz pianist Darius Brubeck, son of the legendary musician Dave Brubeck, who will be bringing his Quartet to the festival offering a one-off glimpse into material from a forthcoming album and an exclusive first UK performance from French singer-songwriter Pauline Drand, based in Paris, who will be performing songs from her debut album ‘Faits Bleus’.

The Festival will also host a packed weekend of talks and readings featuring influential writer and editor Nikesh Shukla, who will be speaking about his latest YA novel ‘The Boxer’; the award-winning human rights campaigner and journalist Caroline Criado Perez OBE who will be talking about her latest book ‘Invisible Women’; Kerry Hudson on her latest book ‘Lowborn’ described by The Guardian as ‘one of the most important books of the year’; debut novelist Elizabeth Macneal whose debut book ‘The Doll Factory’ was a Sunday Times top ten best-seller; local author Caroline Lea and writers from the celebrated ‘It’s Not About The Burqa’ anthology. There will also be a panel discussion on the children’s book industry featuring novelist Serena Patel and children’s book illustrator Jane McGuinness.

Festivalgoers will have the rare chance to see Irish sculptor Donnacha Cahill’s giant pop–up sculpture ‘The Gramophone’ which will make its first ever visit to England during the Festival. The sculpture will be appearing in several locations in the town, and audiences will have the opportunity to connect to the gramophone by bringing their own records and hearing their favourite music as it has never been heard before.

Book lovers are invited to join the Festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the world-famous publishing house Faber & Faber. This special event welcomes Toby Faber, former managing director of Faber and Faber and grandson of founder Geoffrey Faber, who will be speaking about the ‘Untold Story’ of the publishing house, which has been a home to the likes of TS Eliot, Sylvia Plath and many more.

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