Assembly Festival Garden and Coventry City of Culture Trust answer call for encore - The Coventry Observer

9th Aug, 2022

Assembly Festival Garden and Coventry City of Culture Trust answer call for encore

ASSEMBLY Festival Garden will return to Coventry in the spring after proving to be a UK City of Culture hit.

The pop-up venue on the site of the former civic centre buildings, now owned by Coventry University, was unveiled in July in a partnership between Coventry City of Culture Trust and Assembly Festival.

It has been the festival hub for Coventry during its summer as UK City of Culture, playing host to some of the biggest acts in music, comedy, circus, and more.

Highlights of the summer programme included the first English dates for musical hit Choir of Man, the return of international performers with the spectacular Circolombia, as well as one-off gigs for big names such as Neville Staple, Nish Kumar, Rob Beckett, and Hazel O’Connor.

Martin Sutherland, chief executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce that the Assembly Festival Garden will reopen again in Coventry in the Spring.

“We originally intended the Garden to be in the city for this Summer only but we’ve had such great feedback and have welcomed so many visitors that we’ve decided to bring it back in 2022.”

More than 80,000 tickets have been issued for events at the Assembly Festival Garden and visitors have come from every ward of Coventry, as well as from further afield to enjoy its programme.

William Burdett-Coutts, artistic director Assembly Festival said: “It has been incredibly gratifying to see the calls for the Assembly Festival Garden to remain in Coventry.

“The reaction from the public has been amazing, it will be a great pleasure to bring the site back next spring.

“It has been a truly wonderful experience working in partnership with the City of Culture Trust and bringing the Assembly Festival experience and atmosphere to Coventry this summer.”

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