First events announced for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry Moves

With Nigel Jamieson, Justine Themen and The People of Coventry

Coventry Moves will open the year of culture on Saturday 15 May 2021.

We will see the city transformed in a spectacular performance and celebration.

Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions

With Coventry Music Board, Local Artists and Mind

Terry Hall will return to Coventry to curate a three-day music event in the heart of the city.

It will showcase international legends and shine a light on the Coventry music scene.

Turner Prize

With Tate and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

The Turner Prize 2021 will be held in Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

It's one of the best-known prizes for visual art in the world. Opening September 2021.


With the Royal Shakespeare Company

Faith will be 24 hours of music, theatre, installation and ritual across Coventry, co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

It will unfold an epic overarching story and can be enjoyed by audiences while social distancing.


What is UK City of Culture?

UK City of Culture is a competition run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Every four years, cities compete to be awarded the prestigious title. The first UK City of Culture was Derry/Londonderry in 2013 followed by Hull in 2017. The title brings with it a huge amount of opportunity to place your city on a national and international stage.

Coventry was awarded the title in December 2017 after competing against eleven other cities. The bid was won on the strength of our city's diversity, its youthfulness and the opportunities that being so centrally located bring. Coventry's year in the spotlight will run from May 2021 - May 2022.

We, at Coventry City of Culture Trust, are the independent charity responsible, alongside with our partners, to deliver an extraordinary year. 

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