Audiences will have the chance to experience a circus spectacular at this year’s Godiva Festival as part of Coventry’s bid to be the next UK City of Culture in 2021. On Sunday 9 July, Bristol-based company Cirque Bijou will be performing an exciting outdoor show, specially commissioned for the festival by the City of Culture Trust.
Combining daring stunts with live music, Cirque Bijou’s “New Day” will culminate in a daredevil highline walk, accompanied by a Coventry community choir singing ELO’s “Mr Blue Sky”. The show lasts 25 minutes, and will run twice during the day.
As part of Coventry City of Culture Trust’s bid events Programme, Cirque Bijou will be performing at the UK’s biggest free festival on Sunday 9 July, presenting ‘New Day’, an exciting outdoor circus show, specially created for Godiva Festival.
The Bristol-based company, which is known for its eye-catching and daring shows, is now gearing up for the performance which will include an uplifting mix of circus and live music.The 25 minute show, which will run twice a day, will reach a dramatic finale with a daredevil highline walk, accompanied by a 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 currently recruiting for members of the choir to perform on the day, so anyone who would like to be part of this exciting event and perform at Godiva should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Laura McMillan, Manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “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.
“That’s been a mix of showcasing and pushing forward the artistic, diverse and cultural talent that we have here in Coventry – such as Masterji and the This is Coventry tent at last year’s Godiva Festival – as well as bringing in performers and artists to the city that otherwise we might not get to see.
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.
Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC, Pertemps, CEF (City Electrical Factors) and Listers are also Bid Development Sponsors.