23 October 2014
Canterbury Christ Church University and Kent's international premier arts and culture festival, Canterbury Festival, will continue their successful, award winning partnership for a further five years.
Left to right: Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Rosie Turner, Canterbury Festival Director, Pro-Chancellor Stephen Clark and Professor Keith Mander, Canterbury Festival Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The University, a significant supporter of arts and culture in Kent, will remain the Festival’s Partner and Principal Sponsor until 2019.
Canterbury Festival is the largest festival of arts and culture in the region. Each year it attracts an audience of 70,000 people, of all ages, to a showcase of over 200 free and ticketed events which includes concerts, theatre, dance, comedy, exhibitions, walks and talks.
The five year sponsorship will help to ensure the Festival continues to deliver quality arts events to Kent and UK audiences, including the University’s well established programme of Canterbury Festival concerts and performances.
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with Canterbury Festival for a further five years.
“Arts and Culture at Canterbury Christ Church University forms one of our central characteristics. Our important partnership with Canterbury Festival continues our work of delivering a vibrant, inspiring and engaging arts and culture programme for our students and the wider public.”
Rosie Turner, Canterbury Festival Director, said: “The relationship with Canterbury Christ Church University has been the single most significant development of recent years for Canterbury Festival. From students to the senior management, across departments and subject areas, we share the understanding that the arts enrich our lives and the community in which we live and work. We are delighted to be working so closely together for a further five years.”
This year’s Canterbury Festival opened on Saturday, 18 October and runs until Saturday, 1 November. For latest information on the Festival visit: www.canterburyfestival.co.uk .
Notes to Editor
- In 2011 Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury Festival won the Commercial Collaboration Award for demonstrating a mutually beneficial and productive partnership. The award was one of ten presented by Canterbury City Council as part of their Culture Awards.
Canterbury Christ Church UniversitCanterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey