Arts Council England to announce investment in Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

22 October 2018

Arts Council England and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 are preparing for an exclusive event on October 22, which will mark their new partnership – and feature important announcements about funding for the city.

As part of the celebration at Coventry Transport Museum, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, will be announcing his organisation’s investment into Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “Coventry has a long tradition as a centre of creativity. People here are famous the world over for making things – and for making things happen. Our new investment means the team behind Coventry’s winning UK City of Culture bid can now turn their creative dreams into reality.

“My belief is that by the end of 2021, the lives of everyone here will have changed for the better. Along the way, this sustained investment in artists and cultural organisations will secure Coventry’s rightful place on the national and international stage as a dynamic, innovative, inclusive, international and forward-looking 21st century city.”

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “We are delighted that Arts Council England is backing the vision for Coventry City of Culture 2021 with this funding announcement.

“To deliver an exceptional year and a strong legacy we need multiple partners to get involved and we are therefore proud that Arts Council England is committing such significant support at this stage.”

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “With the Arts Council’s investment we will be able to shine a light on the brilliant, bold and brave creativity coming from the youthful and international communities living and working in Coventry.

“At this time of historic global change, this support will help us to build and strengthen local, national and international partnerships that will allow us to demonstrate our role in actively leading important conversations and putting arts and culture at the centre of our vision as a pioneering future city.”

Alongside Darren Henley, Chenine Bhathena and Martin Sutherland, Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council and Professor Phil Redmond CBE will also speak at the event.

Following Londonderry and Hull as the third ever UK City of Culture, Coventry now has the chance to boost its own economy, tourism, civic pride and access to great arts and culture in and around the city.


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