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Eastern European HeARTS Festival

📆 On Saturday 14 August, join us in Riley Square as it transforms into a marketplace of music, art and food sharing Eastern European cultures with people of all ages and backgrounds.

👉 Led by local organisation New Start 4 U CIC, who support migrants in Coventry, the day will include a range of art and photography activities for children and young people aged 6 to 16

🖌 Works from Eastern European artists will be on display, as well as photography and artwork created in workshops with local people in the lead up to the big day. Residents of all backgrounds living in and around Riley Square will be at the heart of the event

🥟 Enjoy delicious Eastern European food and drink catered by local businesses and get involved in some gardening as we plant beautiful flowers around the square.

Here’s a flavour of what you can enjoy on the day:

✅ A photo booth where you can capture free self-portraits with photographer Thom Bartley.

✅ An audio booth where you can record your local stories.

✅ Art and photography exhibitions in empty shop units

✅Urban gardening activities and flower planting

✅Poetry Takeaway – bespoke poetry written on the spot for attendees.

✅Walkabout acts with Bureau of Silly Ideas

✅Collaborative drawing with Think Big Picture

✅Face-painting and arts activities for children

✅Eastern European food and drink

This event is part of #LoveCoventry, a Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.