The culmination of the Festival of Imagineers 2016 on 1 October saw a soggy City Centre brought to life with ingenious, quirky and extraordinary performances both inside and out, bringing smiles to young and old as well as the occasional glimour of sunshine.
University Square was animated with outdoor theatre including an astronaut flying above umbrellas, a model town experiencing its own apocalyptical weather and adventurers headed to Africa, Australia and Menorca by air and sea aboard the Flycycle and Submercyle.
Live animation and dance created some amazing choreography by Hungarian Bandart Productions at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery. The weather brought last minute venue changes which saw hair sculpting move indoors to the Herbert, and Osadia’s creations could be seen wandering the streets and squares of Coventry throughout the rest of the day.
Coventry Cathedral became the venue for the evening’s final performance, its high ceilings and beautiful lighting gave the impression of a town square for a stunning waltz on stilts to the music of Johann Straus by Italian company Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo with Valse, followed by Addictive TV’s acclaimed Orchestra of Samples, created over five years and featuring 200 musicians mixed live on the evening.
Jane Hytch, Chief Executive Imagineer Productions said: “What a week it has been in Coventry, we have welcomed artists from across the World to join with artists from the UK to create some special moments and extraordinary sights.
The Festival has involved everyone from school children who have created their own inventions at our making space, the Daimler Powerhouse, to passers-by who have stopped in their tracks, despite the weather, by some amazing performances.
The Festival of Imagineers has also seen the start of exciting new projects with artists, designers and engineers exploring everything from Daimler’s manufacturing past to the City’s unique history with elephants as well as creative collaborations with business which we hope to build on in the coming months and years.”
The third annual Festival of Imagineers was delivered in partnership with Culture Coventry.