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Local producers set to add some culture to this year's Godiva Festival

Shaun Reynolds 17th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A QUARTET of local producers have been appointed to give Coventry’s diverse cultural scene its biggest ever showcase at this year’s Godiva Festival.

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

With a host of performances throughout the day, the tent will give festival goers a flavour of the outstanding talent the city has to offer.

The ‘Coventry’s Got Culture’ event will see four professional producers, Rachael Kelly, Emma Harrabin, Asha Eade-Green and Lou Lomas, formulate a programme filled with a mix of some of the city’s most talented local artists, groups and performers.

Having all been born and raised in Coventry, the quartet have previously been involved in the launch of FarGo Village, the Rags and Rails vintage fair, Coventry’s Chocolate Festival and Godiva Awakes.

Featuring everything from dance, music and performance to visual art, theatre and digital art, they will be working together to create an electric programme for the event.

Rachael works as a freelance events producer and is currently working as the events manager at Coventry Cathedral having previously worked with FarGo and other venues across the city.

Emma is the manager of FarGo Village and is responsible for the venue’s strategic planning and delivering a range of events.

Meanwhile Asha works as events and marketing coordinator at Coventry Cathedral and Lou is currently co-programming Birmingham Hippodrome’s ‘Summer in Southside’.

Laura McMillan, Coventry City of Culture trust manager, said: “I’m so pleased that we have four highly experienced producers on board to put together the Coventry’s Got Culture event.

“They are all very passionate about the bid and have strong connections within the local arts scene.

“Through their combined expertise, I’m sure they will be able to create a programme that the city can be proud of.”

There have already been more than 40 expressions of interest from performers who would like to be part of the day, and Laura is delighted with the response from the community.

She added: “This is an opportunity for Coventry’s talent to shine.

“We are very excited that everyone is coming together to get behind the bid.”