Thursday 26, Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September
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.
Look out in particular for:
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.
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.
Bridge Newsroom - Hear all the latest Bridge news and make a zine or a t-shirt in our live newsroom.
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
Wake-up Exercise Class - Daily at 9.30am - Enjoy yoga, tai chi or maybe a spot of Body Attack under the Bridge as we celebrate Coventry European City of Sport with CV Life. All equipment is provided.
9am-3pm: 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.
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.
9am: 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.
2pm: 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
5.30pm: 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!
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:
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
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!
12pm: Gatka demonstration - a traditional Sikh martial art comprising of hand-to-hand combat, stick fighting and swordsmanship. The Sikhs fought many battles in history to defend the rights of those that could not defend themselves against oppression from tyrannical regimes. It is an art that is still practised today by many thousands of Sikhs around the world as it teaches one to value the precious gift of life, a sense of responsibility, being self confident and brave.
2pm: 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
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.
6.15pm: 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
6.45pm: 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.