Coventry’s Got Culture!

Coventry’s diverse cultural scene is set to be given its biggest ever showcase at this year’s Coventry 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, with a host of performances throughout the day in order to give festival goers a flavour of the outstanding talent the city has to offer.

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

The team behind the bid are in the process of recruiting professional producers to formulate the ‘Coventry’s Got Culture’ event and they want the programme to be filled with a mix of performing artists who will breathe life into the tent throughout the day.

As well as performers, the bid team also want to involve artists who will help to ‘dress’ the tent and turn it into a live work of art. It’s the first major public event staged by the team behind the City of Culture bid since the city decided to enter the competition.

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Pictured: Laura McMillan (front, centre) with a range of artists and performers from the city

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 for the event.

Laura added: “Ultimately, this will be the biggest showcase of our cultural talent in Coventry and will bring an extra edge to the hugely successful Godiva Festival.

“It’s a key moment in the bid and we are excited by what this event could mean for the city.

“The first stage is for artists to get in touch and then we can put together a programme that the city can be proud of.”

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

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is main bid sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover was the first bid event sponsor to be announced.

The Godiva Festival takes place from Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 3.

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