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Godiva Festival welcomes European band to its stage

Published: Tuesday, 28 August 2018



For the second year, Coventry Godiva Festival has taken part in a European exchange programme, sharing the region’s home grown talent with one of Coventry’s original twin cities, Kiel in Germany.

Attendees who came to Godiva Festival last year may remember a stellar performance from German band, Gordon Shumway. This year, the team will be welcoming The Opposite of Silence to its Saturday Main Stage.

The programme aims to promote cultural exchange for and with young people in Kiel. It is run by a group of volunteers in Kiel called Kieler Jugendring who work closely with young musicians. By working together, our two cities will often exchange bands who are then asked to perform in their cities, with musicians from Kiel performing in Brest, France, and Gdynia, Poland. The two cities then sent their own musicians back to Kiel to perform.

This cultural exchange is intended to promote intercultural cohesion, celebrate music and to give young musicians the chance to experience something new, as well as bringing some European sounds to the festival.

The Kiel Week or “Kieler Woche” in German, is an annual sailing event in Kiel and is the largest sailing event in the world. It is held every year in the last week of June and features a large music festival alongside the sailing, with several public stages available.

Last year’s Godiva Calling Rock/Metal winners, Overseer, flew to Kiel to perform as part of Kieler Woche, with The Opposite of Silence coming over to the UK to perform at Godiva Festival.

Lee House, Coventry City Council’s Event Manager, said: “With Kiel being one of Coventry’s twin cities, it’s a fantastic opportunity to work together to help make a dream of performing around the world a reality for two bands.

Coventry is the first city in the UK to participate in the scheme and it really does show why we are worthy winners of the UK City of Culture 2021 title!”

The Opposite of Silence will perform on the Main Stage on Saturday 1 September, performing just after The Upsiders and before Blood Red Shoes at 2.55pm.

See the line-up page for more details.

Godiva Festival 2018 will take place from 31 August – 2 September in the city’s War Memorial Park.

Coventry Godiva Festival is brought to you by Coventry City Council, in association with Free Radio and Jaguar Land Rover and supported by Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry University, Fargo and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.