Lady Godiva to parade the streets of Rugby to mark Cultural Olympiad

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RUGBY Borough Council, Rugby’s artists and community have been working hard on many projects through this last year in preparation for Imagineer Production’s 21st Century Godiva puppet (6 metres high) which will visit Rugby on July 30 for a spectacular event.

Projects have explored Rugby’s heritage and creativity from beautiful bunting being hand stitched, dance projects, newly commissioned songs being learnt by Rugby Community Choir to a magnificent rugby ball hand made by Warwickshire College and Northampton University students.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the economy and culture, said: “Hundreds of young people, schools and members of the community have worked with professional dancers, artists and crafts people to create the decorations and performances for this event.

“Everyone has been so generous with their time and enthusiastically contributed to the event and many participants have expressed feeling a sense of community and excitement by being involved in the Cultural Olympiad.”

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

Godiva will travel from Coventry on the morning of Monday 30 July to Rugby ready for the afternoon and evening events to welcome her. She will spend the night in Rugby before continuing her journey to Northampton on the morning of 31 July.

The event will take place on Monday 30 July 1.00pm – 4.30 in front of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Rugby will celebrate Lady Godiva’s arrival with an exciting Victorian themed event of music, dance, street performers and stalls in front of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Pierre de Coubertin, the inventor of the modern Olympics – is Rugby’s connection to the games. He was inspired by Rugby School’s ethos and values and used these in the creation of the Olympics. As his visit to the school took place during the Victorian period, we are focusing our event on this era.

Lady Godiva will parade through the town centre (High street and Sheep street) as part of her journey greeting the public. A special dance commission inspired by the sport of the town will be performed to welcome her, and a unique gift of a Rugby Ball will be presented.

Rugby Borough Council and Rugby School have worked with many partners and sponsors who have supported the event including Arts Council England, Asda, Rugby First and the Co-op.

For more information: Please contact the visitor centre on 01788 533217.