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Take a first glimpse of what to expect from Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture. Most of these events haven’t gone on sale yet. To book tickets for those that have, visit Book Tickets

Coventry Moves

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With Justine Themen and The People of Coventry

An opening, epic, city-wide moment, Coventry Moves, will take place on Saturday 5 June 2021. An audacious day full of extraordinary surprises, it will be experienced in the city and around the UK from home. Coventry Moves will provide a playful and engaging introduction to Coventry, its stories and its people.  

The Show Windows

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With Coventry Business Improvement District and the Royal Institute of British Architects

Following a year where we have mainly been gazing out of our windows, we are now inviting you to look in with this programme of ambitious window installations designed by local, UK based and international architects and artists.

The Booker Prize Foundation

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With The Booker Prize Foundation

Highlighting the international symbolism and message of Coventry, the virtual announcement of the 2021 International Booker Prize winner will come from the city followed by the Coventry Big Booker Read, which will bring readers together to read the winning book.

Can You Hear Me, Now?

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With Stand and Be Counted Theatre, Belgrade Theatre and Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre

A celebratory, large-scale outdoor performance, made with and for the people of Coventry. 

Expect live music, dance, spoken word, puppetry, storytelling and spectacle.

Coventry Welcomes 2021

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With organisations from across Coventry

Coventry Welcomes returns in 2021 and offers a chance to explore the lives of those seeking sanctuary and those who have welcomed them throughout the generations.

We have activities for everyone – bring your family and friends, and join us in our celebration. 

Community Radio Takeover

JUST ANNOUNCED

With Coventry and Warwickshire Community radio stations, BBC CWR and Voluntary Arts

Celebrating community, student and hospital radio across Coventry and Warwickshire as eight local stations take over BBC CWR. 

Broadcasting for the day, the takeover day provides a unique chance to experience a true representation of the voice and soundtrack of Coventry.

Sound Systems

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With Colin Bell and The Playmaker Group

Celebrating Coventry’s rich cultural links to its twin city of Kingston, Jamaica and the unique influence Sound System culture has had.

A series of heats allowing audiences to select their favourite acts will culminate in a final event seeing Jamaica and Coventry’s very best-loved sounds connecting with local, national and international audiences both live and digitally.

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.

Small Bells Ring

With Canal & River Trust, Coventry Libraries, Studio Morison and Super Slow Way

Small Bells Ring, a magical specially designed canal boat crammed full of short stories, will visit Coventry in July 2021 in association with Coventry Libraries.

It will inspire a programme of readings, performances and discussions.

Creative Europe - School of Participation

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With Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Walk the Plank

Bringing together creative practitioners from Coventry and nine European partner cities to gain new skills and experience in creating outdoor participatory events.

The School will culminate in a ‘scratch celebration’ bringing together Coventry’s homegrown talent and the imaginations of diverse European artists visiting the city for the first time.

CastAway

With Highly Sprung and the Canals and River Trust 

CastAway will be a major outdoor theatre show highlighting the environmental crisis.

It's being developed by Highly Sprung, a Coventry-based performance company.

In Paint We Trust

JUST ANNOUNCED

With Coventry Business Improvement District, led by Street Art Strategy

In Paint We Trust will see local, nationally and internationally renowned street artists given access to unique and unexpected spaces encouraging audiences to explore Coventry.

See the streets of Coventry awash with colour in this city-wide street art festival.

CVX Festival

With Positive Youth Foundation, Arts Against Violence, Coventry Youth Partnership

CVX Festival will be a pioneering three-day arts activism festival curated by young people in the city.

JAY1 will co-produce live music for CVX with his brand ONE Wave.

Theatre of Wandering

With Theatre OiBokkeShi, Entelechy Arts and Care Home Network

In a new production co-created and inspired by Coventry residents, this walk-about theatrical experience through the south-east of the city blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality.

Rivers of the World

With The Thames Festival Trust and SEND Schools

Rivers of the World will bring together Coventry's eight Special Needs Schools to create beautiful artwork inspired by our historic River Sherbourne.

Contains Strong Language

With the BBC, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press

The BBC’s poetry and spoken word festival, Contains Strong Language, will come to Coventry in September 2021.

It will be the biggest celebration of poetry ever seen in the region.

Coventry Biennial

With Local Artists and Curators

The third Coventry Biennial will take place from October 2021 to January 2022.

This Biennial is called Hyper-Possible, referencing the radical nature of Coventry’s history.

The Walk

With Good Chance and Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre

Coventry will welcome Little Amal, a 3.5-metre-tall puppet, as part of Good Chance Theatre's The Walk.

We'll work closely with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, schools and local residents in the city to greet her.

SeaView

With The Belgrade Theatre, led by The Belgrade Theatre's Co-Artistic Director Corey Campbell.

SeaView will be a six-part digital television series developed by six emerging Midlands writers working with the Belgrade Theatre.

It will celebrate the aspirations of a Black, working class family exploring urgent questions around choice and circumstance.

Random String: The Canal Networked

JUST ANNOUNCED

With Ludic Rooms

Random String encourages us to explore their connection to the often forgotten urban green space of the canal corridor.

Culminating in a four-day festival in Coventry’s historic Canal Basin bringing light, music, installations and projections to the canal as well as performances, workshops and online experiments.