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Coventry set to host circus spectacular for Godiva Festival

Emily Fish 21st Jun, 2017 Updated: 21st Jun, 2017

COVENTRY’S Godiva Festival is set to host a circus spectacular thanks to the team behind the bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

Cirque Bijou will be performing at the free festival on Sunday, July 9, to showcase New Day, an outdoor circus show, as part of Coventry City of Culture Trust’s bid events programme.

Known for its eye-catching and daring shows, the company is practicing its best acts ahead of a performance which will include a mix of circus and live music.

The circus spectacular will be topped off with a daredevil highline walk, accompanied by Coventry community choir singing ELO’s Mr Blue Sky – a song synonymous with Coventry City.

The community choir is open to anyone, and Coventry City of Culture Trust is calling on budding singers to get involved and perform on the day. To find out more information email info@coventry2021.co.uk

Geraldine Giddings, senior producer of Cirque Bijou, said: “Cirque Bijou are thrilled to be creating a spectacular show for Coventry.

“New Day will be eye-catching and exciting, telling an ambitious story of skill, beauty and daring.

“Circus artists will climb, fly and dance, accompanied by live and mixed music, and the finale highline walk, joined by the voices of a local Coventry choir, will be incredible.”

Performing alongside the Cirque Bijou team are musical artists such as Cast, The Stranglers, Tom Clarke, Example & DJ Wire, The Darkness and Kate Nash.

Councillor Abdul Khan, cabinet member responsible for events at Coventry City Council, said: “Godiva has always been a great mix of live music, family entertainment and a celebration of the city’s cultural offer and I’m sure this summer’s event will prove equally as popular.

“The Godiva Festival provides a perfect platform for the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and I’m looking forward to enjoying the performance on the Sunday.”

Laura McMillan, manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, added: “Our events over the past year have been all about giving people a taste of what UK City of Culture could look like if we were successful in our bid.

“We believe this will add a new twist to this year’s Godiva Festival and is part of what is already a fantastic line-up.”

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