Coventry powerhouse opens to the public

Published: 19 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Centre of excellence: the Daimler Powerhouse

Three “inspiring” days of performance and tours will mark the opening of Coventry’s Daimler Powerhouse Creation Centre, which will focus primarily on outdoor arts.

The building has a reputation as a centre of excellence: it manufactured the first bicycle, the first car factory in Britain was located there, the first fork lift truck was built there and it was a specialist engine factory for high-performance engines powering four Formula 1 world champions.

The opening weekend, from Saturday 28 until Monday 30 August, is part of the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations. It will be led by Imagineer which “makes outdoor and site-specific work at the intersection of art and engineering, environmental and social change”.

The Daimler Powerhouse will host Imagineer’s education and training programmes for young people and people with disabilities. Facilities will include a vertical dance wall.

The Daimler Powerhouse will also be home to companies Highly Sprung, Media Mania, Open Theatre and Talking Birds which will all be involved in the opening weekend. On the Saturday and Sunday, Open Theatre will present two special performances choreographed by Louis Lewinson and Luka Owen.

Imagineer’s chief executive Jane Hytch said, “it really is wonderful that we’re opening up Daimler to the public. The events, performances, exhibitions and installations over the opening weekend will really bring the building to life and demonstrate what is and can be possible for artists, communities and creative engineers who engage with the space and the companies that are based here. We’re really looking forward to welcoming people over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

The full programme for the opening weekend can be found at the Imagineer web site.