Shoot Festival - featuring art, music and performance - set for big return to Coventry - The Coventry Observer

Shoot Festival - featuring art, music and performance - set for big return to Coventry

Coventry Editorial 21st Apr, 2022   0

SHOOT Festival returns to Coventry with a series of art showcases to illustrate the best of the city’s early career arts scene.

The event has been giving opportunities for emerging Coventry artists in music, performance and visual arts since 2014, receiving national recognition through partnerships with Sky Arts.

The exhibition strand of the festival will run between April 23 and May 7 with April 27 to 29 being packed with music and theatre performances.

The ‘In Bloom’ section will feature artists from previous festivals who have been commissioned to create new work.

Between April 27 and 29, there will be a range of music and theatre performances which will cover heavy hitting topics including Gamble by Hannah Walker and Rosa Postlethwaite, a live art show centred around online gambling addiction.

Protests, Hymns and Caskets by Shoot Festival 2019 Artist Award Winner Lanaire Aderemi tells the story of the Nigerian Feminist Movement overcoming colonial taxation in 1947.

There will also be a re-imagination of the traditional Bollywood sound.

This strand of the festival was created in partnership with China Plate’s Bite Size Festival, Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.

On Saturday, April 23, The Sound Stage will be open from 12pm and feature artists such as rock and blues artist Jack Blackman, pop singer Abz Winter and Ska band Those Fine Strangers.

A series of exhibitions, covering topics such as Coventry’s post war recovery, will be featured during the Saturday programme.

There will also be introspective expressionistic pieces and textile displays designed to evoke memories.

The Fabularium will present A Naughty Flock of Sheep who have escaped their farm and are running through Coventry city centre trying to evade the farmer’s sheep dog.

Shoot Festival co-artistic director, Jen Davis said: “We are delighted Shoot Festival is returning to Coventry for its fifth festival of celebrating trailblazing local talent.

“After two years of uncertainty, emerging artists have been one of the hardest hit in the cultural sector and we are determined to offer them the platform they so deserve.

“Coventry and Warwickshire is bursting with pioneering theatremakers, musicians and visual artists and we’re immensely pleased to be offering such a diverse and exciting programme.”

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