Carnival: 29th July 2012
The Godiva Carnival
Godiva walked to Broadgate from her contemplation in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral where she was dressed in her beautifully handcrafted, intricately embroidered coat. The coat is adorned with images and text that tell the story of the rich history of the West Midlands. The coat was created by an award winning team of regional textile and glass artists.
Godiva was then formerly seated on her Cyclopedia to lead the historic Godiva Carnival, designed by Brian MacFarlane, through Coventry city centre to begin her quest. Accompanied by over 2000 carnival performers from the exhuberant, tweeting and dancing Hummingbirds (the members of the Communitas) to a giant fish, a roaring golden Lion, and a myriad of little demons, the Carnival was a fantastic display of amazing costumes, music, dancing and the mass participation of the local community in making Carnival happen. Godiva travelled around the city centre greeting the cheering crowds and left the city at 4pm to make her start on her journey.
2012 and Beyond
Godiva will awaken the night before the Godiva Carnival every year and will then lead the Carnival on her Cyclopedia.
Godiva Awakes is a piece of public art the like of which has never been seen before; running on sustainable energy through cycle power Godiva will...