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SHOOT festival gets new talent to aim high


SHOOT Festival, Coventry, multiple venues, April 4-7.

Punk memories, urban regeneration and the intricacies of inter-racial adoption all feature in the latest biennial SHOOT Festival, now becoming an established highlight in Coventry's cultural calendar.

Launched in 2014, the four-day festival aims, every two years, to be a showcase to some of the best emerging musicians, dancers, visual artists, poets and theatre-makers in the city, as well as offering a range of talks and family-friendly workshops.

This year's festival begins on April 4 and 5 on the Belgrade Theatre's B2 stage with Performance: In Bloom, a triple bill of new commissions that include Nick Knibbs' memoir of growing up in the Midlands in the 1970s, Never Mind The Horlicks - Tales Of Punk Rock and 2-Tone, Sebastian H-W's multi-media documentary performance, Rebel's Atlas, charting the impact of urban regeneration on local residents, and Susie Sillett's Cheetah Sisters (main picture), which invites audiences to consider the intricacies of inter-racial adoption and the ups and downs of sisterhood.

Free, open-air live music comes to The Bull Yard on Saturday, April 6, alongside a full programme of dance, poetry and story-telling at the Shop Front Theatre and the family-friendly steampunk carousel Venture from Imagineer and Media Mania.

On Sunday, April 7, from 5pm, The Tin Music and Arts will play host to Sound: In Bloom, a night of live music from three genre-crossing acts, The Mechanicals Band, They Come For You At Night and Callum Pickard.

Finally, at the Arcadia Gallery in City Arcade, viewers will be invited to explore Other Worlds - a visual art exhibition showcasing work by three local artists, Michala Gyetval (one of whose works is pictured right), Michael Snodgrass and Chidera Ugada.

Festival co-founder Jennifer Davis said: "We work exclusively with artists based in the CV postcode area who want to take their artistic practice to the next level and we're delighted to be supporting more artists than ever before in this year's festival."

For full programme details, go to: www.coventryshootfestival.com.

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