In the run-up to Bridge, a host of Coventry-based organisations will build the Leonardo Da Vinci-inspired bridge kits at special bridge-themed community events. Here's a taste of who's involved:
Frederick Bird Primary School, Swan Lane, Coventry
"We are a large multi-cultural primary school in the Hillfields area of Coventry. We pride ourselves on building links with all people regardless of race, opinions or belief. We are looking forward to bridging any divides we have and connecting further with the community around us."
Ascension Dance Company
"We are a dance company based in Coventry that specialises in contemporary dance fused with movement disciples such as parkour and free-running. We do a lot to try and get young males into dance.
We are excited about the potential the bridge structure holds for movement. We are interested in the cohesion between set, engineering, movement and performance. We think it could provide inspiration for many young people to create their own performances and pieces of dance."
Crisis Skylight Coventry and Warwickshire
"We are a homelessness charity based in Coventry.We love to see our members express themselves creatively. This bridge is a great way to share some of our fantastic member's work with people across the region and get involved in their local community."
Canal and River Trust
"We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways, including the canals around Coventry. We will be moving the Leonardo Da Vinci bridge along the Coventry Canal, stopping at locations along the way to build the bridge."
The Hindu Community Coventry
"We base our community on "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", meaning that the whole world is one family. This is a fascinating opportunity and a great honour; by being part of Bridge the Hindu Community hopes to meet and socialise within our communities in Coventry, hopefully making long term friendships."
"We are a leisure centre based in the heart of Canley; we also have a community development team who work across the city communities and schools. We would like to build a bridge between our leisure centre and the local community of Canley."
EGO Performance Company
"EGO Performance Company is based in the city centre of Coventry. We have spent the last 7 years developing our arts venue, welcoming new audiences in and reaching out to our community. Now we are looking to take our work out into the city, returning to our roots to collaborate with different artists and meet new people! Bridge will be a platform for our participants to showcase their skills and be represented in cultural events across the city."
Families for All Hub
"Families for All Hub is really excited to host a bridge building at the Junk Food Café and Hub Club. The Café is a melting pot of culture, languages and faiths and truly represents the Foleshill community, bringing families together to share food, play and lean. Building a bridge will not only be loads of fun but represents the building of a community made up of people for all over the world."
MTC ‘Lives Transformed’
"We are a young offenders secure training centre based near Coventry. As a group of young people from different walks of life and life experience, we hope to come together to build the Bridge as one family and bridge the gap in reflecting on our offences and rehabilitation."
John Shelton Community Primary School
"We are a medium sized Primary School of 240 in Holbrook’s, Coventry. We are developing our curriculum to include a sharper focus on Celebrating Diversity in our community. The Bridge project is great metaphor for what we do; that is, bring together different groups in order to learn together. We will be taking a class of 30 children out onto the front of the school to build a bridge. The parents will then see the bridge after school when they collect the children."
MHY is the official youth dance company of Motionhouse dance-circus company, based in Leamington Spa. All of our work is concerned with the human condition – we use partner work, complex lifts and acrobatic dance to explore building bridges and relationships with others, relying on them, trusting them, connecting. We are very excited to be involved Bridge because it aligns so well with our values.
Langar Aid is a project by international humanitarian aid organisation Khalsa Aid International. Our mission is to serve the homeless, vulnerable and those struggling with poverty. We set up an environment where people feel safe, comfortable, and most importantly valued.
Central Library Coventry
We are the public lending library in Coventry City Centre. Library spaces are used by lots of people in Coventry. Libraries connect people together by sharing stories or by using computers. The Bridge gives us a great chance to use library space for creative construction and lots of fun.