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31 Dec 2018, 18:00 - 13 Jan 2019, 21:20
NYE Premiere showings featuring live music: £5 Adults, U16's FREE. All showings 1st-13th Jan FREE for all ages.

An unforgettable and immersive experience launches New Year’s Eve and runs until 13th January 2019 within the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

Inspired by Coventry’s ability to triumph in the face of adversity and follow great loss with reconciliation, design practice NEON in collaboration with Musicity transform the Cathedral Ruins into an ethereal dream-like landscape.

Sunrise takes us through the pivotal moment of transition from darkness to light. Visitors can expect to bathe in waves of graduating colours that change over the duration of the performance. The light installation will be further brought to life by an atmospheric, electronic soundscape entitled “Sunrise Sonata” commissioned specifically for the installation.

As a special feature for the New Years Eve Premiere, Sunrise will feature the addition of live music by Anna Palmer of Dorcha and electronic artist Andy Spackman.

U16’s FREE to attend, £5 entry fee for visitors aged 16 and older.

About NEON

NEON is an award winning design practice that seeks to explore new territories between architecture, design and art. They are particularly experienced at producing public projects at an urban scale that engage with the public, transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and create moments of surprise and excitement.

About Musicity

Musicity, founded and directed by BBC Radio 3’s Nick Luscombe, seeks to encourage people to explore the city musically, architecturally and experientially by commissioning musicians to compose original tracks in response to a building, site or piece of the city that inspires them.

The programme may be subject to change or cancellation due to circumstances beyond the event organiser’s control.  The performances will go ahead regardless of weather therefore please come wrapped up warm and prepared for rain or snow!

The Sunrise events running throughout NYE are FREE for children to attend, £5 for adults, tickets must be booked in advance.

Subsequent performances running 1st-13th January are not ticketed and free for any age to attend.


Installation dates: 31st Dec 2018 – 13th January 2019

Experience times:

Premiere performances on New Year’s Eve – 31st December

Running at 6.00pm, 9.00pm and 12.00 Midnight (performance lasts 20 minutes)

31st December performances feature live music: Under 16’s free, adults aged 16 and over £5.

Numbers are limited so book early!

1st – 13th January, experience the installation with recorded music daily at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.  Booking not required, all events during this time are free.


Coventry Cathedral (CV1 5FB)

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