What is UK City of Culture?


UK City of Culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) every four years. Previous winners are Derry/Londonderry in 2013 and Hull who had their year in 2017.

Both cities experienced a major boost in tourism, as people travelled to visit all of the incredible events that the teams had organised. Cities also benefited from an increase in investors opening new businesses and more opportunities to support the local community, not just for the year but with a legacy which took on the challenge of ‘what happens next?’.

After facing off stiff competition from Paisley, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea, cheers were heard across the many bars, pubs, theatres and community centres that were filled with Coventry supporters as the winner was announced as Coventry. The evening of Thursday 7 December 2017 is immortalised on the BBC's The One Show. If you watch, you may spot a friend or two waving a flag.

Our year as UK City of Culture started in May 2021.

We hope you're as excited as we are!


This is the city where movement began, from innovation in the transport industry to a history of activism. Our city has moved people for centuries.

For a whole year, we will celebrate our city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle.

As well as these big celebrations,  our city will show its unexpected side, with more intimate experiences and ways to get involved across every ward of the city.

And it’s not just Coventry. This celebration will see the entire region get involved and benefit from the opportunities that being City of Culture brings.


Knife Angel outside Coventry Cathedral. Image credit Inpress Images

Knife Angel outside Coventry Cathedral. Image credit Inpress Images