Festival of Imagineers 2018

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We took another brave step forward this year with the festival, really consolidating the vision to curate local national and international work at the intersection of art and engineering. We know we have a strong foundation of support from audiences who are looking for something different to experience and who applauded– the interactive installations like Childhood, a light installation using 257 helium filled balloons by French Company Collective Coin which filled Broadgate Square and Hupla by Imagineer and Arup 1,000 secondary school children, 1,000 hula hoops and a structure 23 metres tall winched up into to the roof of Coventry Cathedral.

We launched Bridge, our exciting Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence award winning project, involving audiences in our creative work to date: exploring VR headsets in performance, seeing the designs of the proposed huge performance structure designed by Dan Potra and engaging in storytelling collecting aboard the amazing Coby Bike which travels at speed enticing conversations between riders to develop the narrative of the performance.

We were thrilled to programme Block by Motionhouse, a high energy, high impact and breath- taking performance linking circus and dance and Carmen Funebre by Teatr Biuro Podrozy (Poland), a brave and unforgettable piece about the pain of war. The narrative is held together with relentless and powerful images which will last our memories forever, performed in Coventry Cathedral Ruins.

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