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Under The Bridge

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Thursday 26, 12-5.30pm
Friday 27, 9am-6pm
Saturday 28 September, 10.15-8pm

Broadgate, Coventry

Visit the Bridge during the daytime and enjoy a series of free events and experiences Under the Bridge. Pop by at any time; there will always be something going on.

Download the full schedule. Look out in particular for:

Daily:

An Experience in Two Parts - Pop on a pair of headphones and take part in a story about how the bridge came to be like this. Like every good story, there are two sides. The experience lasts for ten minutes, with multiple sessions throughout the day.

NOTE: Captions (subtitles) will be available for those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, delivered to audience members' own mobile devices via The Difference Engine - an innovative access system from Talking Birds Theatre Company. Download the free app beforehand from the App Store (for iOS) or the Play Store (for Android). Someone will be on hand to help with connecting if you have any problems - make sure your phone/tablet is charged before you come!

An Experience in Two Parts

Bridge Stories podcast - Sit in front of the bridge, watch the world go by and listen to a 10 minute podcast collection of local people’s stories about bridge-building and bridge-burning. Collected in Coventry, Grantham and Worcester, the depth and breadth of these experiences has inspired the creation of Bridge.

Da Vinci Bridge Building - Have a go at building one of our bridge kits inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's design. You will be supported in your quest with the talented members of Ascencion Dance. 

Da Vinci Bridge building

FULL SCHEDULE:

Thursday 26 September

12-5pm: Build a DaVinci Bridge

All day: Bridge Stories podcast

12-12.45pm: Aerobics class - Enjoy a class under the Bridge as we celebrate Coventry European City of Sport with CV Life. All equipment is provided.

1-1.30pm: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience)

1-1.30pm: Bridging the Gap - take a picture of yourself in the bridge

1.30-2pm: Orchestra Under the Bridge - a work in progress

2pm: Coventry City Council Voice Squad sing as part of BBC Music Day - The Coventry City Council Voice Squad started in July 2018 as part of a pilot scheme set up by Armonico Consort, a leading UK professional choir based in Warwick. The choir is made up of people from across Coventry City Council and is open to all members of staff.

3-3.30pm: An Experience in Two Parts (A headphones experience)

3-4pm: Bridging the Gap - take a picture of yourself in the bridge

3.30-4.30pm: Coventry Library Services share the love of stories under the bridge. Stories are a bridge between people, with stories provoking very different reactions from different people. We will be distributing free copies of ‘Rosie Loves Jack’, this year's World Book Night book for Coventry.

4.30-5.30pm: Media Mania silent disco - bop along to your favourite tunes!

4.30-5.30pm: Bridge Newsroom - Hear all the latest Bridge news in our custom Newsroom.

During the day: Ascension Dance

Bridge engineers may also be training and preparing to cross the gap!

 

Friday 27 September

All day: Bridge Stories podcast

9-10.30am: Breakfast under the Bridge hosted by Coventry Cathedral - Enjoy an open-air breakfast around the Coventry Table and join a conversation about how to make the journey from a fractured past towards a shared future in our communities, our city, our nation, our world. Inspired by The Table and The Bridge we can gather from diverse backgrounds and experiences and share stories of life and hope as our gift to one another.

12-5pm: Build a DaVinci Bridge

1-1.30pm: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience)

1.30-2pm: Orchestra Under the Bridge and Crisis Band

2-2.15pm: Crisis Choir - Crisis and Imagineer have been working together for several months to develop an original song around the theme of bridge building. This has been particularly poignant as homeless people are often stigmatised and suffer from social isolation. 

The Crisis Choir

2.15-3pm: Join the Bridge circus engineers under the bridge

3-3.30pm: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience)

3-4.30pm: Bridging the Gap - take a picture of yourself in the bridge

4.30-5pm: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience)

5.30-6pm: Motionhouse Youth present a dance piece based on building connections with others. This is celebratory piece, using bodies as physical bridges. The performance will be followed by a 20 minute workshop making a human bridge out of bodies!

Motionhouse Youth

During the day: Ascension Dance

8.30pm: Bridge: An Impossible Performance?

 

Saturday 28 September

The whole of Broadgate becomes a festival-in-a-day, with the Bridge of Light choir, performances from Highly Sprung, Open Theatre Company and Fabularium, and activities from the Foleshill Interfaith group. Look out for:

All day: Foleshill Weaving Together - “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men.” Herman Melville Join visual artist Nilupa Yasmin in weaving together images of the inter-faith community in Foleshill to create a piece which rejuvenates and revitalises the religious square mile.

The Foleshill inter-faith community

 

All Day: Activities with CV Life and Ascencion Dance

All day: Bridge Newsroom - Hear all the latest Bridge news and make a zine or a t-shirt in our live newsroom.

All day: Bridge Stories podcast

10.15-11am: Gymnastics with Synergy - Enjoy gymnastics under the Bridge as we celebrate Coventry European City of Sport with CV Life. All equipment is provided.

11.15-11.45am: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience)

12-5pm: Build a DaVinci Bridge

12-12.15: Gatka demonstration - a traditional Sikh martial art comprising of hand-to-hand combat, stick fighting and swordsmanship. 

12.15pm: Dandiya dance demonstration - a traditional Indian folk dance, performed with sticks.

12.45: Gospel choir - uplifting sounds from Coventry singers.

1-1.30pm: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience

1.30-2pm: Orchestra Under the Bridge

2-3pm: Grapevine's Pop-up Parklet - Disrupting the space, connecting with the community, being noticed and taking note. Join us in the Grapevine Parklet under the bridge to chat about how we can all use our talents and passions to form connections with others and be part of the solution to social isolation.

Grapevine's Pop-up Parklet

2.30pm - The Fabularium - There Be Monsters! - Join the hapless but noble knight Don Quixote and his long suffering, fortune-seeking side-kick Sancha Panza on their epic quest to revive chivalry, confront monsters and seek to right what is wrong or accidentally wrong what is right! As you meet these two iconic characters, you are invited on an adventure to 5 walkable locations to witness each scene in a different setting! 

There Be Monsters!

3-3.30pm: An Experience in Two Parts (a headphones experience

3-4.30pm: Bridging the Gap - take a picture of yourself in the bridge

4-4.45: Media Mania DJ set - Tunes and moves from Coventry's Media Mania.

5-5.30pm: Highly Sprung - This highly energetic performance was created by a youth cast as part of HOME, a performance event that combined aerial dance, video projection and a powerful soundtrack to immerse audiences in a story inspired by Coventry’s architectural evolution and how we shape the places we call home. This performance celebrates arrivals…the journeys that thousands of people have made throughout Coventry’s history to arrive and make a home within the city. The piece looks at our understanding of how home is what we build around us…our heritage and our future. 

Highly Sprung

5.30-5.45pm: Tom ‘n Rob Break Free - Constrained and confined, Tom and Rob struggle to break free - and in the process discover each other and the world. Part dance, part silent movie, part slapstick comedy, Tom ‘n Rob Break Free is a hilarious and inspiring performance based on what two can do together that neither can do on their own. Created and performed by Tom Bright and Robert Hemming.

 

Tom n' Rob Break Free

7.30pm: Duck Thieves - Described as Indie Panto Pop with a slice of punk performance art thrown in, Duck Thieves bring songs that are inspired by personal story telling, feminism, standing up to racism and B-Movies.
 

8pm: Bridge of Light choir - Over the past few months, communities of young people from Coventry have come together to rehearse their ‘sing and sign’ flashmob as part of the Bridge project. The groups have been working with Bridge producer, Grace Smith, to meet each other and rehearse the song, Bridge of Light. The aim of this project was to bridge the gaps between communities with learning disabilities through singing and signing, and to also challenge the statistic that only one third of young people with disabilities leave the house for more than an hour on a Saturday. 

8.30pm: Bridge - An Impossible Performance?

Stay on Friday and Saturday evening for our spectacular performance.