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UK's largest student-run arts festival comes to Coventry

Coventry Editorial 16th Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE UK’s largest free student-run arts festivals is preparing to take over the University of Warwick.

Now in its 11th year, the Warwick Student Arts Festival (WSAF) will return to the Coventry-based campus this Sunday (June 21) as part of the University’s 50th anniversary.

And families from across Coventry and the local community are invited to take part in the opening day of the festival – the Community Day.

Featuring events suitable for all ages, including free workshops in drumming and dance by local professional company In2Culture, and a food market, organisers are promising something for all the family.

Every year the four-day student-run festival attracts more than 5,000 visitors and participants, taking over the University campus with events spanning the fields of music, film, dance, theatre and visual art – and some, like trampolining, which defy genre boundaries.

Speaking about the festival, Coordinator Emily Dunford, said: “The level of talent at Warwick is outstanding; some of our artists are national or international class and WSAF is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved with the artistic scene here.

“We hope that local young people join in with our workshops, ask us questions and take inspiration from what’s on offer in their own work.

“This year WSAF is presenting a selection of student-written plays and musicals from Freshblood New Writing and Music Theatre Warwick as well as visual art, music, film, comedy and dance showcases.

“Overall we have over 130 events so there’s deffinetly something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Warwick Student Arts Festival runs from Sunday, June 21 until Wednesday, June 24 across the University of Warwick campus.

All events are free, although some may be ticketed.

More information can be found online at

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