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From giant gramophones to the inside story of a publisher
Music, literature, art and entertainment will be on the programme for this year's Kenilworth Arts Festival. Taking place between September 19-28, the festival is held across the town in open spaces, theatres, churches and book shops.
Opening the festival is 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. Also in the programme is pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the eldest of the Kanneh-Mason family and former finalist in the BBC's Young Musician of the Year.
Performing live are British-Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed, American jazz pianist Darius Brubeck, son of the legendary musician Dave Brubeck, and French singer-songwriter Pauline Drand.
The festival hosts a packed weekend of talks and readings featuring writer and editor Nikesh Shukla who will be speaking about his latest 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 and novelist Elizabeth Macneal whose debut book The Doll Factory was a Sunday Times top ten best-seller.
The festival also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the world-famous publishing house Faber & Faber with Toby Faber, former managing director of Faber and Faber and grandson of founder Geoffrey Faber.
Irish sculptor Donnacha Cahill's giant pop–up sculpture The Gramophone makes its first visit to England during the festival. 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.
Kenilworth Arts Festival artistic director Lewis Smith said "We're thrilled to be able to welcome world-class writers, musicians and artists to Kenilworth once again for our 2019 festival. The festival has grown year on year, and we are proud to continue to champion brilliant, thought-provoking new work. We look forward to welcoming local residents and visitors to the town for what will be an exciting ten days of events."