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What can a city like Coventry REALLY do in a year of culture? by Richard Harrison

8 March 2017

You can’t get away from people these days banging on about how we are going to beat 10 other cities to the title of UK City of Culture in 2021. We all know Coventry doesn’t have culture right? I see people saying that all the time on Facebook and the bottom half of the internet of the Coventry Telegraph site. Paisley is going to win coz we need to keep Scotland sweet, St David’s NEED £1,600 of investment PER resident, Coventry is boring…all that kind of guff.

So I thought I’d see just what culture (if any) the Family Spoon had stumbled across in just the last 12 months. Using only Google Photos as my guide and looking what I’ve taken photos of since 5th March 2016. Probably only a few snaps of a manky park or a broken fountain right?

Let’s go…you won’t be here long.

Apparently we spent the last twelve months:

  • Partying for my daughter’s 8th birthday and having a treasure hunt around the magnificent Memorial Park
  • Swaying at one of many acoustic gigs at the Big Comfy Bookshop
  • Watching Ian Cook make jaw dropping art with remote control cars at his Pop Bang Colour HQ at Fargo Village
  • Travelling round the world at Theatre Absolute with one of a bundle of shows as part of a festival (so many happen I can’t remember the name)
  • Watching Nick Barker blow up some balloons with a Chemistry family lecture to raise money for Warwick in Africa
  • Enjoying Tilly performing at Sprungsters – Highly Sprung’s weekend physical theatre classes
  • Racing on Mario Kart whilst supping a world’s best Bubble Tea at Bubble Boba at Fargo
  • Taking on the yoof at the skate park in Memorial Park
  • Making glow in the dark structures with carrots at the Transport Museum
  • Munching on the special kid’s afternoon teas at Mocha Lounge in Allesley Park (soon to reopen)
  • Being wowed by a group of local amateurs performing live Romeo & Juliet in Broadgate, what was made by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and me wife
  • Enjoying the smiling faces at the Looked After Children open air cinema organised by the amazing Fiona Linton
  • Watching many street performers that pop up in town including a slacklining violin player and a junk drummer
  • Going on our yearly pilgrimage to Earlsdon Festival which mainly involves eating amazing street food
  • Recording a pot pourri of Big Comfy Sessions with talented musicians from across the globe
  • Stuffing more food in our faces at Digbeth Dining Club in the cathedral ruins
  • Played at pretty much every park in the city, but still some to discover
  • Staring for hours at the Grayson Perry tapestries in The Herbert
  • Geeking out at Board Game Night at the Big Comfy Bookshop
  • Watching the Honey Badgers amateur ice hockey team slam another opponent at the Sky Dome
  • Getting blown away by the sublime Ry X at Warwick Arts Centre
  • Getting hunted by aliens amongst 1,001 other activities at Warwick Arts Centre Family Weekend
  • Staring at tiny dioramas in an abandoned container outside Coventry University
  • Petrolheading at the world premiere of the Aston Martin Vulcan and stock cars racing round the ring road at Motofest
  • Being delightfully baffled by art rock band Swoompthang as part of Ludic Rooms’ Random String Festival
  • Politicising with Eddie Izzard at a free Brexit gig at Warwick Arts Centre
  • Sailing and singing with Son of Town Hall at The Tin
  • Drowning whilst supporting the Aviva Women’s Tour as they cycled through the University of Warwick
  • Hunting for fairy doors in Allesley Park
  • Hanging out at the fabulous Allesley Park Library, not just books but tunnels and activities!
  • Watching dancing JCBs, and listening to tales in a caravan at the launch of the 2021 bid during Godiva Festival
  • Rocking out with the Boomtown Rats and Space at the Godiva Festival proper, slurping down sno-cones and chilling with the cop’s cop Kerry Blakeman
  • Ice skating at the Sky Dome with the kids and the penguins
  • Attending the red carpet showing of the BFG at Warwick Arts Centre complete with snozzcumber sandwiches and frobscottle
  • Playing with our favourite blocks at The Herbert and the room of delight stuffed with explorable constructions every school holiday
  • Marvelling at the amazing Lego Brick Wonders exhibition (FOR FREE!!) at The Herbert
  • Animating at an inspiring Animate This workshop at Fargo Village
  • Finding and hiding one of hundreds of Geocaches in our little city
  • Riding the perfectly unchanged roundabout in the market
  • Touring the Charterhouse and Lunt Roman Fort during Heritage Open Weekend
  • Stumbling across the New York Brass Band in Broadgate as part of no event whatsoever…just because
  • Staring slack-jawed at the beautiful Urban Astronaut flying around cathedral square
  • Sauntering during my lunch hour and discovering new sculptures around the Warwick campus
  • Dancing like loons to the incredible Hope & Social and local star Shanade at The Tin
  • Getting the Masterji treatment at the first exhibition by 94 year local photographer in the Box at Fargo Village
  • Thinking and drinking at one of the 4 Pecha Kucha nights at The Tin
  • Watching out for giant owls and mustached devils in Broadgate during the celebrations of Dia de los Muertes
  • Saxing with Fleur East at the heaving Christmas Lights switch on party
  • More Chemistry fun at the University of Warwick Christmas Lectures
  • Feeding the swans and running the grounds at Coombe Abbey, more than once
  • Learning amazing knife skills and being shown I can cook fish and LIKE it by Will at the 75 Company in Earlsdon
  • Sailing away with the Owl and the Pussycat at the Belgrade Theatre

and that’s just within the city walls (ish), let alone jaunts to other amazing gigs, exhibitions and events in nearby Leamington, Compton Verney and even Birmingham, and JUST what my Google Photos tell me we did…even I don’t snap everything so bet there is MUCH MORE.

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