Godiva Festival #ThisIsCoventry


We are playing Godiva Festival, for the first time. We are collaborating with a dancer, for the first time. We are supporting our home in it’s bid for the UK City of Culture award, for the first time!

More event details here

From the organisers:

“The programme for Coventry’s UK City of Culture bid’s public launch at Godiva Festival is taking shape – and will showcase the exceptional mix of talent on offer from right across the city.

The team behind the bid to be become UK City of Culture in 2021 have appointed four producers to put together seven hours’ worth of diverse, exciting and moving performances to launch the bid to the Coventry public.

And the extensive programme that will run on Sunday, July 3 at the Memorial Park will celebrate everything from theatre, dance and music through to an interactive ‘whale’ provided by local theatre company Talking Birds.

There will be five areas for performance as the Rhythm Tent becomes the City of Culture #ThisisCoventry Tent.

Empty, it can hold up to 3,200 people but smaller areas will be created to react to the city’s geography and culture

A City Green area will represent the city’s many green spaces, while a caravan will have an urban feel with live street art happening within the tent.

The Sound Stage will be predominantly music with a twist as it pairs up performers who haven’t previously worked together to create a unique, memorable spectacle at the festival.

Hope City is an alternative interpretation on the City of Peace and Reconciliation and will feature works and performances that portray those messages and tell the real stories.

The programme will get underway at noon and will close at 7pm with what is expected to be a breath-taking finale involving local singer-songwriter, HE IS A PEGASUS, which has been specially created for the launch.

Other collaborations include local punk poet Archbishop Herbert C with Red Corner Gym and post rock band Those Amongst Us Are Wolves with a local videographer and contemporary dancer.

Motionhouse, a dance theatre group based in the region, will also provide a dramatic, eye-catching performance to wow festival-goers incorporating dance and two JCB diggers.

Laura McMillan, manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are so excited to see the programme coming together. We want it be a showcase of what Coventry has to offer when it comes to culture and the arts and it really is going to do that – and more.

“In the short time that we have had since announcing we would be bidding for UK City of Culture, we’ve seen so much diversity in the arts and cultural scene in Coventry. Some already had public profile but many others have come to the fore since the bid was announced.

“We’ve basically got seven hours to show that off – to show how Coventry, a city that has moved people by car and by bicycle, is moving people through culture.

“From diggers to drama and a whole host of other home-grown talent, our tent will have something for all the family.

“I know the producers are really excited by the people they’ve met and the many projects they’ve seen all over Coventry. When visitors enter and walk round the tent, we want them to have that same experience.

“We’d really love to see as many people from Coventry and the surrounding area inside the tent on the Sunday of the festival and, also, showing their support on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“This is the city’s bid to be City of Culture and every like and follow on social media is vital!”

Groups involved also include Red Corner Gym, Theatre Absolute, Belgrade Theatre, Positive Youth Foundation, The Tin and Imagineer Productions.

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is bid sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and CEF (City Electrical Factors) are all bid event sponsors.”

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