23rd Jan, 2018

Godiva tent to be dedicated to Coventry's art and culture

Coventry Editorial 20th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

Coventry’s diverse cultural scene is set to be given its biggest ever showcase at this year’s Godiva Festival.

As part of the bid for UK City of Culture in 2021, one of the festival tents will be dedicated to Coventry’s art and culture on Sunday, July 3.

Local artists, groups and performers are being urged to put themselves forward to be part of the day.

The team behind the bid is in the process of recruiting professional producers to formulate the ‘Coventry’s Got Culture’ event.

As well as performers, the team is seeking artists to ‘dress’ the tent and turn it into a live work of art.

Laura McMillan, City of Culture Trust manager, said: “The time is right to really take the bid to a place that brings the whole of Coventry together – and the Godiva Festival is definitely the right place to do that.

“We are looking for amateur and professional performers and artists to come forward to really make this a day to remember and to be a line in the sand that says that this is when Coventry really came together behind the bid.

“It could be dance, visual art, music, performance, theatre or digital art – anything that shows the eclectic range of art that the city has to offer.

“It’s not going to be a talent contest – it’s a very real showcase of the best that Coventry has to offer in terms of art and live performance.

“That said, we want to hear from artists and performers from right across the community. While we’ve got to know many of them since we announced we were bidding, we know there is much untapped talent out there that we want to see.”

A form is available from the City of Culture website that will allow artists to detail what they would bring to the festival and that would be followed by a meeting with the producers.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, May 9, at 9am. The application form and further information can be downloaded from www.coventry2021.co.uk.

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