These open conversations are a chance to come and talk about the breadth of culture happening in the city. It’s a platform for sharing ideas, networking with different people, building partnerships and bringing together the city in conversation. This is an open invitation for all Coventry residents and businesses to come and have a conversation together.

Each Culture Conversation will have a set theme as well as space for open conversations.

These events will be held on mornings and evenings and will not be ticketed, please be aware some might be particularly busy. BSL interpreters will be present and these events are hosted in wheelchair-accessible spaces.

Please note: Catering (food/drink) will not be provided but can be purchased on-site at events run at Alfred’s Cafe (please note, not all events will be run at the Cafe and as such food purchases may not be possible).

On-street disabled parking is available for Alfred’s Cafe events on Bayley Lane and St Mary Street, directly adjacent to the venue.


Upcoming Culture Conversations

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 8-9am

Alfred’s Cafe, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Topic: City of Hope

Join us before work for as we invite the city to come together to explore the topic: ‘How as a city we can use arts and culture as a vehicle of hope?’

Coventry has been identified as a city of peace, a city of sanctuary, and a city of activism therefore we are aiming to combine all sectors within the city to explore how cross-sectoral relationships can build a lasting legacy within communities, audiences and beyond.

We will open with a keynote speech led by Matt Clayton Operational Lead Through Care & Edge of Care (Coventry City Council), followed by a spoken word performance by Raza Hussain.

Roundtable talks will then be led by:
• Richard Hayhow – Open Theatre Company (Director)
• Laura Nyahyue – Maokwo (CEO)
• Beatrice Christopher – Evolving life (CEO)

The event will be brought to you by Coventry City of Culture Trust’s Zeddie Lawal – Caring City Producer, Vulnerable Young People and Exploitation.

This event is not ticketed so arrive by 8am to secure your seat. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Future themes

Tuesday 10 March Amazing Women

Tuesday 14 April Healthy Planet

Tuesday 12 May Utopia


Previous Themes
Grassroots and DIY Culture
International Culture and Twin Cities
What does ‘Faith’ mean to citizens in Coventry?
Human Rights and Peacefulness

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