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Apply for free tickets for Godiva Awakes – the West Midlands Artists taking the lead project

  • Date: 12 April 2012
  • Area: Midlands
A large steel head

Godiva Awakes - horses head . Credit: Andy Moore

From the end of April free tickets are available for Coventry's Godiva Awakes which promises to be one of the biggest spectacles of the summer.

Godiva Awakes is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.

On Saturday 28 July, Imagineer Productions Godiva will awake in Coventry for the first time in 1,000 years to a spectacular performance. Dancers, actors, aerialists, musicians, pyrotechnicians, carnivalists and 220 young people in a procession will all mark the unveiling of this Godiva for the modern age.

The following day she will be the focal point of Coventry's Godiva Carnival and will then journey from Coventry to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There are 2,500 free tickets for the Awakening - a once-in-a-lifetime event - and they will be issued in three stages on 28 April, 28 May 28 and 28June. They will be available online on a first come, first served basis through the Belgrade Theatre website:

Rehearsals for the many different elements of Godiva Awakes are already underway, from aerial training to carnival making to drumming to the cycle team as hundreds of people gear up to take part in this fantastic project.

Imagineer Productions' Jane Hytch said:  'There is so much excitement building around the project. When the free tickets are made available, it feels like the public can join in with that excitement.

'Things are already taking shape for events in July. The regular carnival making workshops are amazing and it's so wonderful to see the growing skills and confidence of the participants, many of whom might not have otherwise had the opportunity to get involved.'

To find out more about Godiva Awakes visit