21st Sep, 2021

Circus spectacular and feelgood music on the menu as Coventry's first Assembly Festival Garden events are announced

AN INCREDIBLE circus spectacular and a feelgood music event will be among the first shows taking place in the Assembly Festival Garden this summer.

The Coventry City of Culture Trust announced the latest events yesterday which include Circolombia and Choir of Man.

The garden is a major new festival hub in the city centre that will present live theatre, cabaret and comedy.

Performances will take place in the Queen of Flanders – an iconic and beautiful 1,000-seater double-decker Spiegeltent; the Piccolo – a smaller 180 seat Spiegeltent, a treehouse that will look out over the site; and an outdoor venue in front of the Piccolo which can play to the entire audience in the garden.

The site will be run by Edinburgh Fringe favourites Assembly Festival and be a centrepiece for the city’s year of cultural celebrations opening, with Choir of Man opening on July 1 and Circolombia following on July 2.

Fresh from Bogotá, Circolombia will showcase one of the world’s leading contemporary circus companies with their sassy show featuring jaw-dropping acts, transporting the raw energy of Colombia’s capital city to Coventry.

Runaway global sensation, Choir of Man, will bring ‘the ultimate feelgood show of the Fringe’, to Coventry. Audiences can expect the ‘most incredible pub gig they’ve ever been to’ as they enjoy pop tunes, folk, rock and Broadway numbers with world-class tappers, singers and multi-instrumentalists.

Coventry’s Summer of Surprises continues with the spectacular Midsummer Fire Garden in Caludon Castle Park on June 25 and 26.

An adventure in a fiery night-time landscape, it will feature Walk the Plank’s intricately carved botanically-themed fire sculptures alongside the incredible Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory installation by Emergency Exit Arts.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director for Coventry City of Culture said: “From our Summer of Surprises and the arrival of the Assembly Festival Garden in the city, Coventry is going to be buzzing with incredible experiences, events and activities.

“Whether you are from Coventry or visiting us for the first time, there are plenty of ways to get involved, see a show, and share some live experiences with family and friends in the coming months.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “We’re really excited about the latest programme launch, in particular the return of planned live events, and we’re pleased that Coventry’s year is finally here for the community to enjoy.

“The first two events from the Assembly Festival Garden and Feile 2021 will inspire and excite audiences and will provide opportunities for new talent and leaders to emerge from the city.

“We know that arts and culture can play a key part in enhancing wellbeing, so we hope that experiencing world class arts and culture on their doorstop will be uplifting for local people.”

Visit coventry2021.co.uk for more information or to buy tickets.

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