Big Tent in Coventry
We are delighted to be co-hosting an in-person summit and festival once again in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 for what promises to be innovative and inspirational events.
The Big Tent Ideas Festival will take place on Saturday 10th July from 9am - 6pm at the Assembly Festival Gardens in the heart of Coventry following a Leaders’ Summit on the Friday afternoon.
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Assembly Festival will be setting up, programming and running a substantial new hub venue in the city centre, Assembly Festival Garden. The site will be a centrepiece for the city’s year of cultural celebrations and will run from 1 July to mid-October 2021, the Big Tent summit and festival will be in the first events taking place on the site.
Assembly Festival Garden will be a dynamic and celebratory entertainment, food, drink and events space. Performances will take place in the Spiegeltent; the Piccolo, a smaller 180 seat Spiegeltent; a treehouse that will look out over the site; and an outdoor venue in front of the Piccolo which can play to the entire audience in the Garden. The site will serve as a bustling hangout hub, and will play host to a mouth-watering selection of local food makers. The Garden will also host a box office that will serve both the Garden as well as all City of Culture events in other locations.
The Garden has been designed from the ground up to include covid-specific adaptations to ensure events run as smoothly and safely as possible. The Garden and performances spaces will have flexible configurations to align with evolving UK Government guidance. This will be combined with a number of measures including contactless payments and ticketing, increased ventilation and a robust contact tracing process.
Assembly Festival Garden will be located at the site of the demolished former Civic Centre buildings, now owned by Coventry University, opposite the Council House in the city centre. The university has cleared the area for development but is handing the site over for free during the city’s year in the national spotlight. The empty lot will be transformed into a city centre oasis with 150 trees and festoon lighting creating a welcoming space with a family-friendly festival vibe.
Coventry UK City of Culture 2021
Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021. This is the city where movement began, from innovation in the transport industry to a history of activism. The city has moved people for centuries. For a whole year, the city will be celebrated with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle.
Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 is co-created with the people of Coventry and brings about long-term social, economic and cultural benefits.
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