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It has been a busy and successful year where the company have delivered all aspects of the new strategic business plan (2016 -21). We have further developed The Festival of Imagineers as the showcase of the company’s work and the programming and co- production of local national and international artists and companies. Festival Director Claire Maddocks and a team of 4 Creative producers have developed a programme from essentially presented work (2015-17) to a programme with more newly commissioned work. Festival highlights this year include: The Museum of The Moon installation by artist Luke Jerram and with performances of The Broken Tusk a new commission by Balbir Singh; The Wonders of The Moon with The BBC and 200 local people to be screened in February 2018; The Winter’s Tale Imagineer/ Teatr Biuro Podrozy co- production, following its performance in Poznan (Poland) 2016; Moonlight Medleythe festival finale with Talking Birds Theatre company and Open Theatre Company. We also were delighted to host the development of Vessel, a new outdoor production by Acrojou as the first major residency in The Daimler Powerhouse. The festival also featured Bridge a collaboration with Imagineer, Arup, Coventry Cathedral and Coventry Secondary Schools. The 15metre construction, being created as a structure for a new performance piece was exhibited in Coventry New Cathedral accompanied by a VR experience.

Bridge will be further developed as part of The Cathedral 100 Commemorations in 2018 symbolising bridges people and communities build especially at times of adversity. Bridge is also the project Imagineer, Arup, Coventry Cathedral, The Canal and River Trust and partners in Worcester and Lincoln have submitted for an Ambition 4 Excellence – Arts Council Award. This will be a major development for the company if we are successful and could place Imagineer and partners at the centre of outdoor arts development in the east and west midlands.

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