Access Coventry

Access Coventry is designed to help you up-skill and increase your understanding of the experiences or access requirements of audiences.

The 10-week programme will culminate in us collaborating to create a Manifesto for Access which is the first step on our journey of making Coventry a more accessible place to experience culture.

Our Modern Day Lady Godivas

Coventry City of Culture Trust has found our 14 Lady Godivas, who will play a major role in the signature event for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry Moves. 

We Come Far

WE COME FAR is an artist-led walk around the urban and green spaces of the city, kick-starting a range of wellbeing events specifically aimed at reaching men (defined as those who identify as men) aged 25-55. 

Festival of Ideas

National and international collaborations with groundbreaking organisations will bring political debate, citizens’ assemblies, talks, conferences and interviews to the heart of Coventry - and everyone is invited.

Coventry Moves

Online, on the radio and on your timeline.

A city-wide celebration, Coventry Moves is the first major moment of our year as UK City of Culture on Saturday 5 June. Coventry Moves will be a playful and engaging introduction to Coventry, its stories, and its people, and will be an opportunity for every home in Coventry to be part of our year as UK City of Culture.

The day-long celebration will tell the story of Coventry’s pioneering identity and how it continues to shape its future and give voice to the many people that call the city their home.

Coventry Moves will be a day of moments and shared experiences, designed to be enjoyed from home online, on the radio and on your timeline.

The Unplugged Series

We will be creating a digital exhibition showcasing the work that you create, and after lockdown you'll have the opportunity to share your work. Take a virtual walk through The Unplugged Series Digital Gallery to see brand new works by a collective of aspiring Coventry artists aged 13 to 25


Twenty-one of Coventry’s real-life, everyday heroes are being celebrated and recognised for their acts of kindness after a citywide search produced an incredible response.
You can find out about #OurCovHeroes here.

Community Connectors

Eight Coventry residents, situated in different regions of the city, are working on projects which celebrate their local areas and the communities within them.

Changemakers and Shakers: Digital Gallery

For young people, this programme has been a journey of creative exploration, of their city, of their story and of their communities. They give us a real insight into what safety looks and feels like for them, the challenges they face from knife crime to mental health and their visions of the future.

Front Room Sessions: The Visual Album

Front Room Sessions was a creative response to the worldwide lockdown bringing Coventry musicians and visual artists together. Commissioned and supported by Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. With thanks to partners at Warwick Arts Centre, The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry Caribbean Centre, The Empire, Coventry City Council, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Coventry Music, Sam McNulty and Hardish Virk.

The Future Show Coventry 2020

12 Coventry-based young writers have been given the opportunity to write a 1 hour version of the Future Show – each taking a particular moment in time in the future – from the minutes still in lockdown, leaping decades ahead in their own futures.

Celebrate Holi 2021

Join our friends from the Sahyadri Friends Group and their families in celebrating Holi 2021 safely from home with this fun activity pack.

Green Futures

Green Futures is a flagship programme for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with support from Garfield Weston Foundation and Severn Trent Community Fund, Green Futures explores Coventry and Warwickshire’s wildlife, natural heritage, and landscape, uncovering the story of its ‘hidden nature’ and increasing local stewardship.Through the Green Futures programme, Coventry will become the greenest and most environmentally conscious UK City of Culture to date.

Walking Forest

Walking Forest is a 10-year artwork that culminates in the planting of a new intentional woodland by 2028 to mark the connection between women, activism and trees. As part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 Walking Forest will deliver an ongoing campaign of activity including a camp and a climate action as our year unfolds. 

Assembly Festival Garden

Open for three months this summer from 01 July, the Garden will be home to a mouth-watering selection of local food makers, four extraordinary performance spaces and will serve as a social hub for those wishing to make the most of their visit to the UK’s City of Culture.

The Garden has been designed from the ground up to include covid-specific adaptations to ensure events run as smoothly and safely as possible. The Garden and performances spaces will have flexible configurations to align with evolving UK Government guidance. This will be combined with a number of measures, including contactless payments and ticketing, increased ventilation and a robust contact tracing process.