Coventry's UK City of Culture 'Summer of Surprises' starts this weekend with pop-up pub performances - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Coventry's UK City of Culture 'Summer of Surprises' starts this weekend with pop-up pub performances

A SUMMER of Surprises will begin this weekend to help mark the start of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021.

The Coventry City of culture trust has commissioned dozens of musicians to perform pop-up music performances in pubs across the city over the Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 20 pubs are taking part in every corner of the city and each will see live musical performances from a range of locally based artists across the afternoon on each day.

The project is led by local artist Sam McNulty, and co-produced by Coventry City Council.

Chenine Bhathena, creative director of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Our Summer of Surprises is going to see artists popping up in unexpected locations all over the city, from acoustic musical performances in pubs this bank holiday weekend through to an exciting Fire Gardens trail in Caludon Castle Park in June.

“We hope thousands of people across the city will experience the start of our year as UK City of Culture and I hope that this will be a great way to help everyone feel their way back towards live events in very safe environments.

“Everything will be done to be in line with the latest Covid-19 restrictions and will be designed to offer a surprising summer treat as we get our year as UK City of Culture moving.”

Alongside Walk the Plank’s botanically themed sculptures, the Mid-Summer Fire Garden will also feature the incredible Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory installation by Emergency Exit Arts.

Leader of Coventry City Council, Coun George Duggins, said: “Our year as UK City of Culture is about involving everyone in the city – bringing events to local communities and showcasing our talented artists.

“The Summer of Surprises will do just that with intimate performances in local pubs which the Council is helping to co-produce, through to a Fire Gardens spectacular.

“We are just a few days in to our year, but already we are seeing the excitement build and spread across the city and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.”

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