Olympic domino trail a city coup - The Coventry Observer

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Olympic domino trail a city coup

Coventry Editorial 22nd May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A ONE mile giant domino trail that was premiered in the run up to the London Olympics will be the highlight of this week’s Coventry Mysteries Festival.

The breeze blocks will be set up around the city centre on Monday, starting at Ford’s Hospital on Greyfriars Lane along a 1,579m route to mark the last time the festival was held in its original form in 1579, ending in the cathedral ruins.

It is something of a coupe for the organisers of what used to be one of the most celebrated festivals in medieval England as Station House Opera’s moving sculpture has become an international phenomenon since it first wove its way through London as part of the cultural Olympiad in 2009.

Since then it has been recreated in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Dijon and Ljubljana and will later this year arrive in Cape Town.

Anyone can help set up the dominoes between 9am and 1pm before the topple starts at 3pm.

The festival, now its fifth year in its modern form, began this week and runs until Monday.

Other highlights include 3D drawings from the Pavement Picasso Julian Beever, a performance by a schools’ junk orchestra, a brass art pop marching band and storytelling in Foleshill, Hillfields and Central libraries.

The Institute of Impossibility, a theatrical adventure from satellites to storytelling, crops to houses, will open at Drapers Hall, the Last Supper will see Reckless Sleepers serve up a set of last statements, last meals and last minute scenarios, and artist Debbie Smyth will create a pin and thread installation inspired by Coventry’s ribbon trade and historic firm Cash’s.

A full programme of events is on our website, coventryobserver.co.uk.

Picture by Simo Karisalo.

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