With the exciting news of a new music festival, work by Bridget Riley and Charlie Chaplin's grand-daughter making a rare appearance in Coventry!
NEW FESTIVAL ALERT! The Libertines headline Coombe Weekender, Coombe Abbey, Coventry, Sat Aug 3 & Sun Aug 4
In the build-up to Coventry becoming the UK City of Culture for 2021, a new two-day festival has been announced this summer set in the grounds of a former 12-century Cistercian abbey – hosting up to 20,000 revellers! The Libertines headline with a rare set, potentially the only one of 2019 alongside singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, Circa Waves, Reverend & The Makers, The Futureheads, Good Cop, Bad Cop and local support by Athens, Candid and BLVFF while over in The Big Top Tent will be dance act, Crystal Waters. Day two sees two huge headline announcements yet to be announced alongside Sigala, Toploader, The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show while The Big Top sees a performance from Crazy P Soundsystem and disco legend Joey Negro. Beyond the stage, there’ll be Raver Tots and the Food Village.
Charlie Chaplin’s grand-daughter makes one of only two UK appearances at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry next month
Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, the daughter of actor/ filmmaker Charlie Chaplin directs her own daughter, Aurélia Thierree, in a surrealist piece of theatre, Bells & Spells, much raved about across Europe. Aurélia gets inside the skin of a kleptomaniac and finds herself manipulated by the objects she steals. A coat rack gets up and walks. Chairs and a table slide and slip away, while a wall opens and a pair of dancers emerge. A dress suddenly takes on a life of its own. The show receives its UK premiere as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (May 17 2019).
Bells & Spells will run for two nights only at Warwick Arts Centre on the Warwick University campus, Coventry, May 21 & 22, www.warwickartscentre.co.uk, Tel: 024 7652 4524.
Stratford Lit Fest has an Easter Flash Sale ending tomorrow!
Organisers are offering tickets for just £5 to selected events including talks by top authors Tessa Hadley and Ben Okri, Nicci Gerrard and Kate Bradbury’s Wildlife Gardening. Writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard (What Dementia Reaches Us About Love) is taking part in a festival wellbeing event, jointly run with Stratford-based charity Springfield Mind, at Stratford Playhouse on May 3. She will be discussing the impact of her father’s battle with dementia at 2pm; followed by writers, Ella Risbridger and Laura Freeman, who will talk about the moments and meals that saved them (4pm). Ella, is the author of Midnight Chicken, part cookbook, part memoir, which charts her story and recovery from depression; Laura’s book The Reading Cure, describes how reading helped her battle an eating disorder that threatened to overwhelm her.
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Bridget Riley exhibition coming to Leamington’s The White Room in May
The White Room gallery in Regent Street is very pleased to announce its fifth exhibition in 20 years of Bridget Riley’s work with a private view on Sat May 25 (6.30pm – 8pm) running until June 13, ahead of a major retrospective at London’s Hayward Gallery’s in October. Riley is still producing work and is one of the worlds most respected and sought-after British artists, her paintings reach more than £1,000,000 at auction. One of her latest projects has been a huge 20m wall painting called “Messengers” in the National Gallery. The title of the work is taken from John Constable’s phrase referring to clouds.