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From dance to JCBs, this year's Godiva Festival will have it all

Shaun Reynolds 19th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN EXCEPTIONAL mix of talent from across the city will be on display at next month’s Godiva Festival as part of Coventry’s UK City of Culture bid.

Four producers have been appointed to put together seven hours’ worth of diverse, exciting and moving performances to launch the bid to the Coventry public.

The extensive programme, which will run on Sunday (July 3) at the War 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 become the City of Culture #ThisIsCoventry tent.

Empty, the tent can hold up to 3,200 people

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.

Opening at midday and closing at 7pm, the programme is expected to be a breath-taking finale involving local singer-songwriter He Is A Pegasus – which has been specifically created for the launch.

Dance theatre group Motionhouse will also be on hand to provide a dramatic, eye-catching, performance 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.

“In the short time 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.”

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