Press Release 16th September 2015
We are so excited to be reaching a major milestone in the regeneration of Far Gosford St and Fargo Village. On 26th September we celebrate the first birthday of FarGo Village with a community festival “FarGo Fused” which offers a variety of arts, entertainment, music and heritage to celebrate all that’s great about the street and village. The festival is intended to attract both the local community and a wider diverse audience.
We have our very own FarGo Bloco making their first appearance which features 50 young musicians and dancers from the local area who have come together to create a very unique sound to reflect the musical history of the street with a fusion of SKA, world music and drumming. There are a host of family friendly activities, including fashion shows, jewellery making, make do and mend. On Far Gosford Street there is a food trail and live music in All Saints Church Yard from 12.00 – 6.00pm. All activities during the day are free to attend.
To celebrate the opening of our new performance venue The Box, “The Box Bash”, an evening of live music with a retro feel. The evening starts at 19.15pm with music from The Voices’ Letitia George and FunkyTown and up and coming Coventry SKA Band Ruder Than You. This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased in advance from http://www.fargovillage.co.uk/event/the-1st-birthday-bash/
Ian Harrabin, Director of CDP/Mazing, the developers of FarGo Village said “This festival is so important for Coventry, in addition to celebrating our 1st birthday this festival will form part of a strategic plan to build a genuine community festival which will engage local communities. It will also have an important legacy in the creation of a FARGO BLOCO – a new carnival project that can link to other city events such as Gay Pride and Godiva” He added “As the city is poised to bid for UK City of Culture 2021, FarGo Village, as part of the city’s vibrant independent arts and creative community, continues to offer a diverse cultural attraction which will enhance the city’s overall offer. We want to thank everybody that has supported FarGo Village in its journey over the last year”
Fargo Village is a joint project between Coventry City Council and development partner Mazing Ltd and is part financed by European Regional Development Funds. The Community Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
For more information, please visit http://www.fargovillage.co.uk/event/fargo-fused/