River Festival

River Festival


Posted 2023-06-04 by dpmfollow

Fri 16 Jun 2023 - Sat 17 Jun 2023

This spring sees the launch of the new River Festival in Coventry, created by a collective of city organisations. At Millennium Place on 17-18 June, the festival celebrates the river Sherbourne that flows beneath the city and will include music, theatre, DJs, crafts, dance, poetry and more.

Ascension Dance will be sharing river-inspired performances and workshops. Ludic Rooms presents Half Truths and Sticklebacks which captures watery tales from the people of Coventry and encourages people to re-think the river.

Talking Birds’ The Whale takes up residence in Millennium Place across the weekend offering people the chance to enter the whale’s mouth for a three-minute theatre show. One Moment in Time Theatre will be presenting a heart-warming puppet show of The Enormous Turnip for children aged three and over.

Coventry-based audio-visual artist Indira brings field recording, programming, microcontrollers, DIY electronics and composed sound using various instruments and found objects to create a sound installation for the River Festival. And DJ Raymondo will take to the main stage with funk and soul.

An indoor digital gallery space will screen Coventry-based filmmaker Ben Cook’s 2020 documentary made in partnership with Argentinian artist Mariana Bollati and South African producer Pierre Heistein on the Atuel River. The documentary builds awareness of the impact of human consumption and climate change on the river in Argentina and discusses possible solutions.

And staff from The Sherbourne Valley Project will take groups of people to the river’s edge in Palmer Lane to discover its history and plans to improve it.

On behalf of the Coventry River Cultural Consortium, Craig Ashley, deputy head of the School of Art & Design at Coventry University, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with artists, communities and organisations to bring the first River Festival to Coventry. We want to lift the lid on the city’s underground River Sherbourne, celebrating its leading role in the story of Coventry, and championing its relevance in the contemporary city as a site of natural interest and environmental significance.”

The full programme will be announced in the coming weeks at [LINK www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/riverfest2023]



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