Each year we aim to bring together an amazing range of live theatre, dance and performance to Jephson Gardens. From contemporary dance, to wandering Butterflies- take a look below to see the incredible performance we have planned for this year's festival.
BRINK Contemporary arts
Saturday & Sunday
Archery lawn & Mill Gardens(near the music stage)
Providing high quality mural artists for the festival since 2014, BRINK are proud to be back this year painting inside the parks. Sit back, enjoy the music and watch the live art develop.
Saturday & Sunday
Laughing Lollies is an interactive installation created from five giant brightly coloured lolly pops! Telling jokes to anyone who will come close enough to hear them, Laughing lollies are motion activated and positioned 2 metres apart to enable our visitors to laugh and enjoy, whilst remaining at a safe, social distance. The lollies will also be cleaned throughout the festival and promise to deliver a laugh!
© Printed with permission of A P Watt at United Agents on behalf of Quentin Blake.
'MR STINK' BY DAVID WALLIAMS
4PM-6PM PUMP ROOM GARDENS
AGE 7+ | RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS
Free - Limited tickets
Tickets can be pre booked or visit the information tent in Jepshon Gardens
You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink.
One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.
Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink on the outdoor stage. Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.
Stopgap Dance Company
Saturday 1pm & 3pm
Creating exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring, Stopgap Dance Company value a pioneering spirit and are committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through the power of dance.
Taking to the stage today, Stopgap are bringing their show stopping performance ‘Frock’! Six striking dancers collide in an uplifting dance riot, set to an exclusive art rock soundtrack by Hannah Miller of Moulettes. In this quirky dance piece, watch playful observations of the yesteryears explode into a punkish celebration of individuality and difference!
dmac salsa pop up
Authentic Cuban movement and rhythms- workshop at Hitchman fountain to follow
Sunday 11:45am & 1:45pm
Four dancers perform this exciting blend of dance, acrobatics and aerial work inside a large cage. Disorientated and shaken, the performers use their skill and instinct to survive in this emotionally charged and athletic piece.
Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther, this extraordinary outdoor show explores notions of captivity. Extremely physical, Captive is a thrilling blend of dance and acrobatics with a dynamic narrative exploring human relationships in captivity.
LWAD – Leamington and Warwick Academy of Dance
A performance of Local children from 5 years old and up.
Rangoli is a traditional Indian art, used to decorate the ground in front of houses and places of worship to attract Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. Rangoli artist, Ranbir Kaur, will spend Saturday using coloured sand, pasta, different types of lentils, rice and fresh flowers to create a bespoke one off installation for Art in the Park!
Art in the Park ‘Connection’ Performance
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 4PM
Thanks to the Arts Council England Funding, the festival was able to commission a young performer to create a bespoke performance for our festival with the theme Connection. This exciting commission will be an experience not to be missed!
street dance with ocean bell-grey
The Performance will have snippets from the ‘Doris Dance Troupe’ performance. Head over to Hitchman Fountain for a fun Energetic workshop.
The FABULOUS BRADLEYs
A CARNIVAL OF WONDER IN THE MARQUEE
saturday & sunday
near the hitchman fountain
Setting up their crazy circus camp in the carnival marquee next to the Hitchman fountain for a weekend of marvel and magic, the Bradleys of Kenilworth are bringing their fabulous carnival of wonders show outdoors to Art in The Park 2021 for the very first time!
Join in with their unique vision of humans connected by music, story and entertainment post-Covid, and find out how connectivity can help us grow together through our shared human stories.
Expect lots of interactivity and adventure as you join The Bradleys on their mystical and winding journey through live arts, performance and quirky entertainment beneath the marquee.
Meet our Take-5 students. Untrained artists learning drawing skills from Coventry & Warwickshire’s finest artists (Arts Council England sponsored) Watch the coolest live performance workshops such as live drawing, poetry and spoken word, singalongs, puppeteering, and the jaw dropping Kazoo orchestra and everything else in between. All connect beneath the marquee.
You can apply to perform in advance through our website www.coventryartscollective.com or simply turn up and for one time only, run away to the circus.
Throughout the weekend we’ve secured an amazing line-up of exciting, creative and innovative performers who are ready to entertain you. They’ll be wandering around all areas of the parks at various times. Below is just a taste of what you may come across.
Kitsch & Sync
Our glamorous 1950’s housewives Daisy, Lawna and Mo usually reside in sunny suburbia and enjoy nothing more than a bit of baking and a spot of gardening on a Sunday afternoon! Recently, the wives have been having some trouble with their topiary. Are these ladies of leisure losing their minds? Or does the Flora and Fauna have a mind of its own?... Who knows!
THE CRIMPLENE CRUSADERS
These octogenarian upholders of moral values are out and about with one thing on their minds: to keep standards high. And on very special occasions, they may be persuaded to let their hair down and demonstrate some unrivalled disco moves to their favourite music. With The Crimplene Crusaders around, who needs superheroes?
Butterfly Stilt Walkers
High Voltage Stilt Walkers are highly skilled performers and with unique costumes, grab yourself a photo with these incredible stilt walkers at this year's festival.