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Coventry BID Delighted To Host Final Of Festival Of Imagineers

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Coventry will help celebrate the arts in spectacular style when it welcomes the return of a popular arts festival for a third year.

For one day only, artists, designers and engineers will be sprawled across the city centre for a host of outdoor productions, interactive theatre performances and exhibitions as the culmination of the annual Festival of Imagineers.

The six-day extravaganza is organised by local theatre production company Imagineer Productions and is designed to inspire more young people to get involved in the arts – with workshops and activities taking place at Imagineer’s headquarters, the former Daimler Powerhouse in Sandy Lane, from Monday, September 26.

And the final day – Saturday, October 1 – will see the festival brought to the heart of the city, as the city centre gets transformed into a performance space for an eclectic mix of shows from local and international artists – all of which are free to attend.

Venues include the Cathedral ruins, which will host productions by Italian performance artists Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo Valse, theatrical hairdressing artists Osadia, and cinematic, orchestral artists, Addictive TV.

University Square will also host performances including Urban Astronaut from Coventry outdoor performance company Highly Sprung, as well as Flycycle & Submercycle, presented by Sheffield theatre company, Pif-Paf.

Trish Willetts, manager of Coventry BID, said events that celebrate the arts bring vibrancy and excitement to the city centre, which can have significant benefits for businesses and the local economy.

“The Festival of Imagineers is a wonderful and extremely important event and the Coventry BID is delighted to host its finale in the heart of the city,” she said.

“This is the third year the event has run and it has been an extremely popular draw in the past – last year brought more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre.

“Not only does it give talented local artists and performers a platform to gain exposure and showcase their work, but the festival also allows visitors to experience the impressive and diverse shopping and dining offering our city centre boasts – with more than 600 shops, restaurants and bars to choose from.

“And with Coventry’s bid to be the UK City of Culture for 2021 growing momentum, the Festival could not be coming at a better time to place Coventry on the map.”

Other events taking place in the city centre throughout the week include tours at IDP Offices in Spon Street, a walking tour led by Peter Walters, Digital Graffiti bringing animation and dance together with Bandart at The Herbert.

The Festival of Imagineers also sees the launch of ‘Bridge’ – a creative collaboration between Arup and Imagineer – will see 1,000 Coventry children create a 15 metre bridge out of rolled paper in the Cathedral, as a prelude to an installation to be created as part of the Cathedral’s 100 Celebrations in 2018.

Jane Hytch, chief executive of Imagineer Productions, said: “It is fantastic to be bringing the Festival of Imagineers to Coventry for a third year and to be collaborating creatively with business to co-create new work for the city and create opportunities for audiences to see for themselves how artists, designers and engineers work collaboratively to create extraordinary outdoor performances and events.

“We are delighted to welcome companies from Hungary, Italy and Spain to perform alongside our colleagues from across the UK and Coventry, people will encounter some very special street theatre in and around the City when the when the Festival culminates on October 1.”

For further information about the festival and any of the events that are taking place during the week visit www.imagineer-productions.co.uk or via Imagineer Productions Facebook and Twitter pages.

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