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Festival promises to be out of this world

Festival Of Imagineers 2017, September 25-30, Coventry City Centre.

One of Coventry's most intriguing festivals returns later this month on its annual mission to bring the arts, performance and engineering together in a six-day city centre celebration for all the family.

Now in its third year, the Festival of Imagineers makes use of some unexpected locations this time round, notably the Coventry Telegraph's former offices, the city's Olympics-size swimming pool and the building once used to power the pioneering Daimler car company.

Highlights of the 2017 festival include Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram, a seven-metre illuminated replica of the moon (pictured) suspended over Coventry Sports Centre's main pool, while underwater and at poolside the Balbir Singh Dance Company perform their production Broken Tusk, myths and stories inspired by the Hindu God Ganesh.

The Daimler Powerhouse is the headquarters for outdoor arts company Acrojou, as they develop and rehearse the Midlands premiere of their new performance piece Vessel, while the old Coventry Telegraph building hosts city-based architects IDP as they explore local urban voids in their Wasted Spaces workshop.Polish street theatre company Teatr Biuro Podrozy return to Coventry to present a promenade version of The Winter's Tale, a spectacular of music, fire and stilt-walking that begins in Broadgate and moves to the Cathedral Ruins, while the Festival Finale in University Square on Saturday, September 30 features dancing bicycles, structures in cardboard, a virtual reality playground and a semi-acoustic music-making sculpture.

Claire Maddocks, Festival Director for organisers Imagineer Productions, said, "We are excited to announce two years of funding for the festival from Arts Council England and this year we have a host of unexpected and joyful experiences for all to enjoy. This year's theme is 'transformations' and we hope we'll be able to transform both residents' and visitors' perceptions of our city through these works."

All events are free and many are aimed at family participation.For the full festival programme, go to www.festivalofimagineers.co.uk.