Saturday, 9 October 2021

Do something different in Coventry this October

 


An invitation to pause. To rest.
To listen.

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting is an intimate audio journey exploring the depths of human connection and the subversive act of lying down.

This project began in 2016, when artist Raquel Meseguer Zafe (accidentally) set off a security alert by lying down on the top floor of the Southbank Centre, London. Since then, she has collected over 250 stories about people’s attempts to rest in public who live with hidden disabilities and chronic illnesses around the country.

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting tells some of these stories.

We invite you to enter the beautiful installation space and find a place to rest.

Suspended lights will illuminate your horizontal journey that are activated in real-time by participants taking rest at that very moment in Coventry, across the UK and Europe. Audio speakers will share the collected stories with you, as you continue to rest and delve into the heart of these personal experiences.

“Feeling very still, calm, centred and connected. A very powerful experience.”

Audience member, January 2021

 “Insightful, thought provoking and moving”.

Bristol Digital Audience Member, May 2021
 

“A beautiful exquisite and vital experience.”

Bristol Digital Audience Member, May 2021

Please book tickets in advance.
Multiple time slots available daily 11am – 5pm from:

THU 7 OCT 2021 TO WED 20 OCT 2021
PAY WHAT YOU WISH
HERBERT ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, CV1 5QP
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VETERAN CAR RUN WELCOMES BEN (THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY CHARITY) AS OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER TO MILESTONE EVENT



Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the first London to Brighton with special support for the automobile industry’s dedicated charity,
 Ben

Marking the 125th anniversary of the very first Emancipation Run of 1896, this year’s milestone RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (Sunday 7 November) will also be raising awareness and funds for Ben, the charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry.
 
Ben too can trace its history back to the dawn of motoring – it was founded in 1905 and originally called the Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund. Recognising the unstoppable rise of the car, the word ‘Motor’ was added the fund’s name in 1908 and by 1924 it had become The Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund. 
 
Over the years various other benevolent funds have been amalgamated into Ben including those of coachbuilders and agricultural engineering and its allied trades, and today the charity offers life-changing support to the 800,000 people who work in the UK automotive sector and their families. 
 
As the Official Charity Partner to the world’s longest running motoring event, Ben will be organising fundraising points at pubs along the hallowed route from London to Brighton and further opportunities will be available for both the public and participants to make much-needed donations.
 
“We are thrilled to have been nominated Official Charity Partner for this prestigious event,” said Matt Wigginton, Director of Partnerships, Engagement and Income at Ben. “Our organisations have shared a passion for all things automotive for well over a century, and this event will help us raise awareness and vital funds to ensure no-one in automotive faces life’s toughest challenges alone. When any member of our automotive family is struggling, we all rally to support them and that is something we can all be proud of.”
 
As the organiser of the event, the Royal Automobile Club is delighted to be welcoming Ben (The Automotive Industry Charity) to the RM Sotheby’s Veteran Car Run in such a significant year.
 
“Both the London to Brighton Run and Ben have proud histories stretching right back to the advent of the motor car,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club. “The Veteran Car Run celebrates the freedom that self-propelled vehicles have given society, while Ben provides invaluable assistance to those past and present who work within the automotive industries. We look forward to working with Ben and raising funds for the charity”.
 
For more information on the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run can be found on the official website: www.veterancarrun.com


Coventry City of Culture Trust - Events in the Autumn

 

MORE EVENTS NOW ON SALE

Today, we're excited to put more events on sale for public booking. There's so much to get involved with over the next few months - from immersive multi-sensory installations to evenings of music and performance.

WALKING FOREST COVENTRY

FRI 15 - SAT 16 OCT
ACROSS COVENTRY
FREE
 

From dawn Friday until dusk Saturday (15-16 Oct), Walking Forest Coventry will be travelling through the streets of the city showcasing how arts, culture and heritage can act as a vehicle for climate action to make a brighter future for us all. Join them on their journey as they carry a felled tree.
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REFORM THE NORM: STORY OF US - LIVE

FRI 5 - SAT 6 NOV
METHODIST CENTRAL HALL
PAY WHAT YOU WISH (£1, £3, £5)

 
Reform the Norm: Story of Us is an immersive and intimate evening of stories, poetry and music. It began as a ten-week training course, giving marginalised individuals a chance to be listened to and tell their own stories in creative ways.
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COVENTRY SOUND SYSTEMS PRESENT COVENTRY MEETS KINGSTON

SAT 6 NOV, 10.30PM
HMV EMPIRE, COVENTRY, CV1 1LF

TICKETS £10

 
Coventry Sound Systems continues with Coventry Meets Kingston on Saturday 6 November. A night of music brought to you by some of Coventry and Kingston’s best loved selectas. This is one not to be missed!
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RANDOM STRING FESTIVAL: LIGHT NIGHTS ART WALK

THU 11 - SUN 14 NOV 
COVENTRY CANAL, CV1 4AL
PAY WHAT YOU WISH (£1, £3, £5)

 
Ludic Rooms invites you to a night time experience of art and light along Coventry Canal. This year's theme is Future Folk and features light, sound and projections along a 1km trail. Ideal for the whole family.
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HOUSE IS A FEELING

THU 11 - SUN 28 NOV
SECRET LOCATION, COVENTRY
PAY WHAT YOU WISH (£0, £3, £8)
 

A multi-sensory installation with moving images, House is a Feeling gives an immersive insight into the hope, elation and despair of our city’s rave scene during 1985 to 1993, as well as its enduring legacy. Join us for a nostalgic and immersive experience.
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BROKEN ANGEL: ANNE PETTERS

NOV 2021 - FEB 2022
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL, CV1 5FB
FREE
 

Broken Angel is a project of new site-specific installations to replace the Angel of the Eternal Gospel at Coventry Cathedral. The first artist to exhibit is Anne Petters, whose work focuses on hope and reconciliation. No need to book.
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CONTACT

For general enquiries:
info@coventry2021.co.uk

For ticket enquiries:
tickets@coventry2021.co.uk

For Access enquires:
access@coventry2021.co.uk 

To see what other events are currently on, visit our What's On page below:
WHAT'S ON

Friday, 8 October 2021

Big Inclusive get together & World Mental Health Day Festival

 

Date

Friday 08 October 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Venue

Magnet Centre, Park Approach
Birmingham, B23 7SJ United Kingdom 
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Organiser


As part of World Mental Health Day and the Big Inclusive Get Together, Common Unity, Forward For Life and Community Flow are working in partnership to celebrate the wellbeing of our local communities.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, so why not come along and join us on the day. There’ll be a pamper zone, food stalls, music, health and wellbeing information stalls and much more!

To make the day even better we have some awesome stall holders such as:

A Fathers Child Services CIC

Activating Creative Talent CIC

Aquarius

Aston Villa Foundation

Ayaso Nice Food Limited (Caribbean food)

Birmingham Mind

Chef Chyna (Street Food)

Community Flow (Garden Plants)

EL Therapy

Himaya Haven Community Interest Company

Living Well Consortium UK

Living Well UK

Of Patrees Herbs and Wellness

Pamper Zone

Pat Benson Community Sports Foundation

Rasculture (Vegan Food)

Sal’s Crafty Cavern (Jewellery, Dreamcatchers and more)

Witton Lodge Community Association

YMCA Heart of England

And much more!

For more information on the Big Inclusive Get together Festival please get in touch with us.

Sonia Parnell, E: info@communityflow.org.uk, P: 07712171296
Caron Thompson, E: info@common-unity.org, P: 07901 705 801

 

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

'A New Beginning' Exhibition Comes to Light House


Light House Cinema and Cafe Bar is welcoming a new exhibition into its gallery space this week. Running until the 29th October, the free to enter exhibition by Hammond Galleries includes work by a range of artists and promises to be a stunning show at the landmark Chubb Buildings venue.

Artist Graham Short will be exhibiting a number of microscopic engravings including 'The Lord's Prayer' engraved on the head of a pin. David Lindon will be showcasing his 6 micro masterpieces including 'Starry Night' in the eye of a needle. The exhibition will also be a UK exclusive display for Californian 'hand-stamp' artist Russell Powell and Hammond Galleries is privileged to be his exclusive UK partner.

Speaking about the exhibition, organisers at Hammond Galleries say: 

'The journey we have been on over the past 18 months has been difficult for all and 'A New Beginning' is a fitting title to mark the advent of an exciting exhibition showcasing a range of fantastic artists. The preview evening will be on Thursday 7th October between 6-9 and we would be honoured to have you join us to celebrate the occasion and the artwork on display.

Light House CEO Kelly Jeffs adds:

'From the sneak peek we've had of the work on display, we can tell that this show will continue the tradition of excellent exhibitions we've held here at Light House. We're delighted to welcome Hammond Galleries and the artists to our gallery and look forward to seeing the space full of visitors enjoying the work.' 

Have you visited the Dudson Museum in Stoke-on-Trent? It's Free!

 

The Dudson Museum is based in Hanley forming part of The Dudson Centre which was created in 1999 when the original Dudson Factory, dating back to 1809, was regenerated by a range of private and public sector partners.

Uniquely, the museum is housed in an atmospheric Grade ll listed bottle oven and by stepping through the oven door you will be immersed in the heritage of the iconic Dudson brand, which continued to produce ceramic tableware until 2019.  A unique, family business with a proud tradition of quality and a fascinating history.

Individuals, families, groups and school parties are always welcome.  A typical visit takes just under an hour, but the pottery enthusiast will want to linger to soak up all the stunning collection has to offer!  

There is also a well-stocked gift shop selling books and souvenirs and a cafĂ© on site.  With free entry and helpful, friendly staff, the museum is a must-see.

New musical at the Belgrade Theatre opening this week!

 


“WE’LL CATCH YOU WHEN YOU FALL… FREE HOUSES FOR ALL!”

Join us at the Belgrade Theatre from Saturday 9 October as uplifting new musical The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency rocks in to town.
 
It’s the 70s and there’s a nationwide housing crisis. John “Mad Dog” Sky is at the helm of the world’s first estate agency for squatters. Lu is hitching from Coventry away from a difficult past towards the bright lights of the city – where punk is just around the corner and anyone can start a band. While Alan and Rosie are plotting to turn their west London neighbourhood into a brand-new nation.
 
The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency is an inspiring new musical based on the true story of how a small group of revolutionaries proved that real change is really possible.
 
Based on an original work by Heathcote Williams, written by Coventry-born Sarah Woods, with music by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley, and directed by Cardboard Citizens’ founding Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson – the production will also include a choir of local people with experience of homelessness formed in partnership with the Choir with No Name.
 
Don’t miss out on this year’s must-see musical - it’s time to start the revolution!

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Have a listen to a bit of the music from the show in this new trailer.

Guideline Audience Age Range: 14+

Co-Produced by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Cardboard Citizens and Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Supported by funding from Spirit of 2012.

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Journey Inside The Lost Lending Library

 

THE LOST LENDING LIBRARY

PRESENTED BY PUNCHDRUNK ENRICHMENT
DRAPERS’ HALL, COVENTRY, CV1 5RN
MON 25 OCT - SAT 6 NOV
FROM £8


Enrich your child’s imagination with a truly magical immersive theatre experience that will inspire a lifetime of reading and writing.

Arriving in Coventry very soon, The Lost Lending Library is searching for young story writers aged 6-11 years and their parents or carers. Will your child help it reach its next destination?
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ABOUT THE LOST LENDING LIBRARY



The Lost Lending Library is a magical travelling library that celebrates books and the journeys they take us on.

Landing at the Drapers’ Hall, visitors are invited inside one of the library’s many departments. Filled with books and curiosities, one empty shelf waits for new stories.


ACCESS

There will be a live BSL interpreted session on Tuesday 2 November at 4pm and a relaxed performance on Wednesday 3 November at 4pm. The Lost Lending Library is fully wheelchair accessible.

The Lost Lending Library will be a magical multi-sensory experience. We are preparing more information and a visual guide for children with Special Educational Needs. Please email us for further details.
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Go CV+ discount available. Get up to 4 tickets at up to 50% off per cardholder. Limited tickets available.

FOR SCHOOLS

From Monday 1 to Friday 5 November, children from Years 2 to 6 are invited to visit The Lost Lending Library for a school trip like no other. 

Children will learn the power of storytelling and develop their literacy and oracy skills, and their experience can inspire future lessons at school.
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Sunday, 3 October 2021

HIT STAGE SHOW 80’s MANIA STANDS HEAD AND SHOULDER PADS ABOVE THE REST


Endorsed by Radio 1 breakfast DJ during the Eighties, Mike Read, as being “like Live Aid meets Top of the Pops” – 80’s MANIA is sweeping into Coventry this October.

From West End producer, director, performer and choreographer Vikki Holland-Bowyer, and partner Greg Stevenson, the hit-packed production features back-combed hair, shimmying shoulder pads, wet-look neon leggings, the lairiest of leotards, indiscriminate double denim and 24-7 sunglasses – and that’s just a description of the audience of Europe’s official long-standing premier 1980’s multi-tribute concert show. . .


28 chart-topping artistes from the 80's are authentically recreated to look and sound as they did back in the day with a full live band, awesome dancers, mind-blowing lasers and light design combined with huge video projection complete the production together with over 150 costumes!

Kim Wilde, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Boy George, Wham, Erasure, Soft Cell, the Human League, Dead or Alive, Nena, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Gary Numan, and Tony Hadley are just some of the stars you will witness in this high energy, fast paced, party style show!


Producers Vikki and Greg say that 80’s Mania features something for everyone.

“It’s broader in its range of music than your widest shoulder pads, standing stiletto-heels-like head and shoulders above the rest. We promise a show bigger than the biggest hair the Eighties had to offer. . . catch 80’s Mania – it’s sweeping the nation!”


“It’s totally unique,” says Vikki. “Audiences take the time to prepare and dress as their favourite pop stars, reliving the childhood memories that the 80's helped make so unforgettable.


“Hen parties, stag nights, school reunions, office parties, couples and groups all come along to have a good night out, reminisce, sing, dance and clap along to their favourite Eighties tunes.”


80s Mania will be at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre on Saturday 30th October at 7.30pm. Tickets start at £13.50 and can be purchased from belgrade.co.uk or by calling the Box office on 024 7655 3055.