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 10 March 2020, 8-9am

Alfred’s Cafe, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Topic: Amazing Women

Coventry has a history of amazing women-leading movements. From Godiva to Eliot and Derbyshire to Mowlam.

Come along to this Culture Conversation International Women’s Day special, celebrating the work of these women and their legacy. We’ll be exploring their impact on community activism, on artists working in the City today and how amazing women will continue to shape Coventry’s future.

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Tuesday 14 April 2020, 8-9am

Alfred’s Cafe, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Topic: Healthy Planet

From being the place where the Green Party formed to Coventry City Council’s vibrant Green Business Network, the city has been forward-thinking when it comes to sustainability and our impact on the environment.

As UK City of Culture, we are developing a blueprint of good practice, meeting the challenge of climate change while working with businesses, grassroots activists and artists to evolve new ways of sustainable creative practice.

We want to hear from the people and businesses of the city during this Culture Conversation as we discuss social and individual change, issues around climate breakdown to green immersion and fuel poverty, as we work towards our shared Green Future as a ‘liveable city’.

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Tuesday 12 May 2020, 8-9am

Alfred’s Cafe, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Topic: Utopia

Utopia is defined as an imagined place that possesses near perfect qualities for all its citizens. What kind of future can we build for the children of Coventry to live in? What will the City look like and how will its society behave?

This Culture Conversation will seek to answer these questions with guest speakers that examine Coventry’s ability to invent and re-invent throughout its history, from its many new patents to how Urban Architect, Donald Gibson re-imagined a post-war Coventry and the current Urban Room movement. Join us as we look toward the future, exploring the perfect social, economic and physical design of a utopian city, made for all citizens.

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

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