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University shortlisted for six Tourism and Culture awards

Warwick Arts Centre Boys DancingAviva Womens TourFestival of the ImaginationWarwick Conferences

The Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture awards are of real significance for our region, which boasts a phenomenal amount of world class assets for visitors to the area and locals alike to enjoy.

Warwick Conferences

Warwick Conferences have been shortlisted for the Business Tourism Award and Customer Service Award. Rachael Bartlett, Head of Sales and Marketing at Warwick Conferences, said:

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in both the Business Tourism and Customer Service categories at the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2016. It is fantastic to have been recognised alongside the many other world class toiurism and cultural attractions in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“We are proud to support the region by offering a high standard of facilities, knowledgeable venue teams and a first-class service that attracts businesses to the destination and puts Coventry and Warwickshire on the map as a great place to visit and do business in. We are very much looking forward to being part of the celebration of the best of the region at the awards ceremony later this month!”

Business Tourism Award and Customer Service Award

Warwick Conferences boasts a guest satisfaction score of 92% and a guest retention rating of 73%, while the Voice of Customer research also showed that their NetPromoter score, which is based on the likelihood of recommending the centre, is 19% above the industry average.

The team are looking forward to the opening of a new, contemporary, flexible event and exhibition space this autumn - take a look at progress to date.

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AVIVA women’s tour

Warwick was a key sponsor of the Warwickshire stage of the national Women’s tour which passed through campus on 16th June which has been shortlisted for a Tourism Event Award (along with other partners shortlisted for AVIVA Warwickshire stage). To support the race, a range of events and activities were planned including performances from Student societies, Wellbeing stalls and our extensive schools programme. You can relive the event here. Ken Sloan, former Registrar, also presented the winner with a trophy in Stratford.

Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Arts Centre has been shortlisted for three awards:

Cultural award

Warwick partnered with Warwick Arts Centre to plan, devise and deliver an ambitious and innovative 2 day public event – The Festival of the Imagination as the flagship event for our 50th anniversary celebrations. From fabulous talks, demos and debates to fantastic food and drink the weekend truly offered something for everyone.

Ian Rowley, Director of Development and External Affairs, says:

We are thrilled that the Festival of the Imagination has been shortlisted for the Cultural award, in conjunction with the Arts Centre. The festival was the centrepiece of our many 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015. It showcased the work we do at Warwick through a diverse programme of talks, debates, performances and demonstrations; all focused around the central theme of 'Imagining the Future'. Ten thousand people attended the two day festival, many of whom had not visited the University campus before. We felt that the event was a huge success and one that not only inspired and entertained but also fostered a feeling of community pride from staff, students, alumni and visitors alike."

Culture education award

Since 1998, Warwick Arts Centre has been running a variety of boys dance activities. In 2005, we teamed up with Beingfrank Physical Theatre to create Boys Dancing. 11 years later, this Education project is now both hugely successful and long-running. Over the course of this year’s project, over 100 boys from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire have taken part in 3 months of choreography workshops and dance rehearsals.

Best Live Music, Arts, Theatre Award

Warwick Arts Centre is entering a fifth decade of inspiring many people through a varied programme of arts and culture. Each year 1m visits are made to the building and once again audience attendance and the numbers of people participating in our creative learning and participation programme has increased.

Alan Rivett, Warwick Arts Centre’s Director, said:

We are delighted to be shortlisted, once again, at this year’s Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards. We continue to support artists across the region and work tirelessly to bring UK and international artists to our audiences in a programme that, we hope , inspires people.

The winners will be announced at the Ricoh Arena on 22 September. Get involved on Twitter using #cwtca2016.