A celebration of community, art and nature, comes to Millennium Place, Coventry with the brand new River Festival taking place on 17 and 18 June.
The festival celebrates the River Sherbourne that flows beneath the city of Coventry. Expect live music, theatre, DJs, crafts, dance, poetry and more, all for FREE showcasing work from artists from across the city.
The first-ever River Festival is being delivered by a collective of organisations at the heart of the city, coming together to celebrate as we showcase our creative, digital, cultural, environmental and engineering sectors.
Who’s performing at the River Festival in Coventry?
On Saturday and Sunday, in Millennium Place Ascension Dance present dynamic, river-inspired performances from their senior youth groups SOAR and VERTEX as well as delivering workshops inviting Festival goers to try out moves inspired by parkour, free running and breakdance.
Ludic Rooms will present Half Truths and Sticklebacks across both days of the Festival. Ludic Rooms will capture watery tales from the people of Coventry. Through archive materials and lost histories, they will encourage Coventry to think once again about the Sherbourne River. They will be inviting audiences to experience their hoard of imagined images and slightly broken whispers of Coventry’s watery past. Exploring folk traditions of a mighty river city that never was.
Talking Birds’ The Whale will take up residence in Millennium Place across the weekend. Enter through the Whale’s mouth one at a time or in small family groups to experience a witty and charming 3 minute watery themed theatre show, performed by a solo actor just for you.
Indira, an audio-visual artist based in Coventry, will bring field recording, programming, microcontrollers, DIY Electronics and composed sound using various instruments and found objects on Saturday and Sunday, creating a unique sound installation for the River Festival.
One Moment in Time Theatre will be presenting a heartwarming puppet show of The Enormous Turnip for ages 3+, perfect for families. Booking is available online via Eventbrite.
The full programme will be announced in the coming weeks, keep an eye on www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/riverfest2023 and @WarwickshireWT for more information. You can also sign up to the free Eventbrite to be the first to hear programme updates.
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