Tickets: FREE
Foleshill Road Coventry, CV6 5AJ
Sun 7 Nov 2021 @ 17.00

Abundance

Sun 7 Nov 2021 @ 17.00
Foleshill Road
Coventry, CV6 5AJ Show on map
Duration: 2 hours
FREE
 

Experience a spectacular procession across the north of Coventry. Abundance is a free, family-friendly event celebrating light, hope and freedom.

Beginning and ending at the Indian Community Centre on Cross Road, the circular route will weave through residential streets and traverse one of Coventry’s most historic roads, the Foleshill Road.

Following the incredible Carnival of Lights in 2019, the streets will once again light up for an evening of light, performance and spectacle.

Come and watch the procession from the pavement at any point along the route, and enjoy an array of exciting performances including:

  • Coventry-based international dhol drummer Parv Kaur with Eternal Taal
  • Community-led lantern parade led by Coventry South Asian artists
  • Light-up umbrellas with Cirque Bijou
  • Dance routines choreographed by Kesha Raithatha (Associate Artistic Director, Aakash Odedra)
  • Fire walkabout show by Flame Oz
  • Walkabout performance by Kitsch & Sync
  • LED act from Juggling Inferno
  • Stilt walkers from Nutkhut
  • Light projection at St Paul’s Church
  • …and much more!

Image: Amara Piparia-Lea

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THE ROUTE

For the best experience, we recommend watching Abundance along Foleshill Road at around 5.45pm, as there is a wider pavement and you will have a better view of the parade. You don't need to follow the whole 1.3km circular route - stand still at any point along the route and it will come to you.

Starting at 5pm, the procession will move in a clockwise direction from the Indian Community Centre on Cross Road to Princess Street, Broad Street and Foleshill Road. It will finish back on Cross Road at 7pm.

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ABOUT ABUNDANCE

A year of artistic development with Coventry-based South Asian artists, and a range of community craft workshops, will culminate in the Abundance procession.

The cohort of Abundance artists include local performers, choreographers, filmmakers and community leaders.

LANTERNS

Daksha Piparia is a community arts producer and project manager who has been leading 3 months of local community workshops in Foleshill to create 100 lanterns to appear in the parade.

Nor Aziz is a creative engagement practitioner who has been working with Eden Girls' School to create lanterns for the parade.

DANCE

Amisha Patel is a motivational speaker and cultural enthusiast who has worked with Asian Blind Association, Saheli group and other Gujarati groups in Coventry on a Dandiya dance for the parade, a folk dance form of Gujarat. The oldest dancer is 76!

Sahyadri Friends Group consists of a diverse mix of families from different parts of India, who have created a folk and classical dance.

Lakshmi Srinivasan is a performer, tutor and choreographer, who has created a dance featuring spectacular peacock costumes.

COSTUME

Avtar Kaur is a costume designer who has created two incredible warrior women costumes to feature in the parade.

Nor Aziz is a creative engagement practitioner who has been working with Eden Girls' School to create butterfly costumes for the parade.

DIGITAL

Come to St Paul's Church during the parade to see a spectacular light projection created by graphic designer Gayatri Pasricha.

Bonny John has also created a soundscape that features the hustle and bustle of sounds, ambience and dialogue of Foleshill Road, Cross Road, Princess Street and Broad Street, and the streets of south India. They are all interconnected forming a gentle polyphony of an immersive sound experience. 

The artists' work engages with four key themes: City of Light (illuminating our streets with lamps and lanterns), City of Sounds (creating a soundscape across the city), City of Love and Freedom (creating a playful experience suitable for all the family) and City of Hope (promoting unity and female voices).

Abundance was created in partnership with Sampad. It is part of #LoveCoventry, a Coventry UK City of Culture programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

GOOD TO KNOW

ROAD CLOSURES

A series of road closures will be in place to keep audiences safe on Sunday 7 November. Please avoid driving in the Foleshill area and find an alternative route at the following times:

  • Cross Road and Canal Road will be closed from 2pm until 8pm.
  • Foleshill Road, Broad Street and connecting roads will be closed from 4pm until 8pm.
  • Residents in Princess St, Edgwick Rd, Morey St, Holmsdale Rd, Webster St, Francis St, Livingstone Rd, Park St, Elm Road, Station Street, Blackwell Rd, Culworth Row, Queen Mary’s Road, May St, Ransom Rd, Mansel St may also be affected from 4pm to 8pm.

BUS DISRUPTION

All bus stops on Foleshill Road between Lockhurst Lane and Lythalls Lane will be suspended between 4pm and 8pm. Bus routes affected are National Express Coventry 3, 20 and 20A & Stagecoach 48, 48C, 55 & 56 services.

PARKING

Parking will be limited on Sunday 7 November and usual restrictions will be enforced. We recommend parking in the public car parks off the A444 and Stoney Stanton Road and walk the short distance to watch the parade.

If you require a disabled parking space, please contact [email protected].

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BEFORE YOU SEE ABUNDANCE...

LULLABY by Luke Jerram

CHEYLESMORE AND LONGFORD
SUN 7 NOV, 4PM - 7PM

Travelling through Cheylesmore and Longford, Lullaby by artist Luke Jerram will be a spectacular ride through residential streets. If you live along the route, you'll see a flotilla of twinkling bikes playing an ambient soundscape through your street. Presented by Historic Coventry Trust.

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Access information

  • Audio described
  • Relaxed

There will be an accessible viewing area at St Paul’s Church. From here, you can experience the procession with audio description, an easy read guide and relaxed rooms.

You don't need to book ahead to use the accessible viewing area, but if you'd like to find out more, please contact [email protected].

To book a disabled parking space, please contact [email protected].

READ THE EASY READ GUIDE ONLINE

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTRODUCTION ONLINE

Find out more about our accessible viewing area from producer Navkiran Mann in our video below.

 

Map and directions for Foleshill Road