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Giant tent centrepiece of City of Culture festival garden

A 1,000-seater tent known as the Queen of Flanders, is to be the spectacular centrepiece of an exciting festival garden on open ground opposite Coventry's Council House from the beginning of July until mid October.

The festival garden will host a huge range of events including cabaret, circus, comedy, children's shows, plus live music performances from established artists and rising stars. Alongside the highly decorative double-decker marquee, it will feature the Piccolo, a smaller 180-seater tent, a treehouse overlooking the garden and room for an outdoor events space, major food and drink outlets, and even 150 trees.

The garden is a joint venture that brings together the Coventry City of Culture Trust and the Assembly arts organisation, who have been programming at the Edinburgh Fringe for more than 40 years. It has been designed to include Covid-specific adaptations to ensure that events run as smoothly as possible.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of Coventry UK City of Culture, said: "Assembly are experts at putting together world-class events, so we are delighted that they will play such a key part in the City of Culture celebrations. We are all excited about the ambitious plans we have for the Assembly Garden. It will be another great reason to visit Coventry this year."

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director of Assembly Festival, said, "The team can't wait to get back to doing what we do best and creating a fun-filled festival centre which will delight audiences. Our aim is to attract a wide audience and welcome those who might be exploring cultural events for the first time."

The site will eventually be home to Coventry University's new hub for academic and research facilities as well as public space for the wider community.

Tickets will go on sale for the first major events at the end of May. Information about further line-ups will follow.

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