Coventry Moves

Directed by Justine Themen 
Made with the people of Coventry

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.

Tune in to on the day, and follow across our @Coventry2021 social media channels, to experience the action as it unfolds.



On Saturday 5 June, we are inviting people across the city and beyond to join in with Coventry Moves – a massive celebration of the city to be enjoyed from your own doorstep.

These streams will weave a musical tapestry across the city, turning Coventry and its radio stations into a giant surround sound system.

In order to get the full effect, we need you to connect with your neighbours in advance to decide who’s tuning into which station. Then at exactly 20:21, using every possible radio device - portable radios, car stereos, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, Bluetooth speakers and more – the residents of Coventry will come together to share in something beautiful.

Talk to your Neighbours. Tune In. Take Part. #CoventryMovesTogether

Stream 1
Stream 2
BBC CWR - 94.8/103.7/104FM 
Stream 3
Vanny Radio - 106.3FM and Online
Radio Plus - 101.5FM and Online
Stream 4
Radio Panj - 1521AM and Online
Arawak - Online
Stream 5
Radio Abbey - Online 
Stream 6
Block Radio - Online
Fresh - Online
Stream 7


Tune in to on the day, and follow across our @Coventry2021 social media channels, to experience the action as it unfolds.

A Single Voice

08.00 - Live Stream

Pauline Black, our energy of Sustainability, celebrates our hidden river with a song written specifically for Coventry Moves in a magical moment that starts our journey.

The River Run

08.30 - Short Film

Five Friends, our River Runners, trace the path of the hidden river which runs under Coventry. Exploring through Parkour, BMX Biking and Dance.


09.30 - Short Film

An introduction to the city’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and protecting our environment. The story behind the name of Coventry, Cofa’s Tree, will be explored as we look to the future and the impact we can have across the world.

People Power

10.30 – Short Film

Focusing on the personal stories of individuals and communities who have traveled from across the world to build Coventry.

Powered by People

11.00 - Live Stream

We meet Navin Kundra, the energy of People Power, as city residents and some well-known faces, bring the streets alive in a whirl of music and dance celebrating our car manufacturing history and the people who made Coventry.


13.30 - Short Film

Meet some of the people who inspired the stories of Coventry Moves, with a focus on our theme of Innovation.


14.30 - Live Stream

The energy of Innovation, Daniel Lismore, guides us as the spokes turn and we’re off again. Coventry created the bicycle and we’ll celebrate the city’s innovation from past, present and future with extravagant custom trikes.


18.00 - Short Film

Meet some of the people who inspired the stories of Coventry Moves, focusing on our theme of Resilience, before we meet our energy, Kare Adenegan.

Social Justice

18.30 - Short Film

Meet some of the 14 Godivas, who share what being a Godiva means to them.

Rising Up

19.00 - Live Stream

We're introduced to our energy of Social Justice, Sue Bent, as 14 powerful modern day Godivas arrive at their destination having ridden on horseback from across the city.

We are joined once more by the River Runners and Pauline Black to see that something has grown from the concrete, here to be discovered as we look to the future. A gift from Coventry’s schoolchildren will appear with an incredible AR experience ready to be enjoyed in person over the coming weeks in Coventry.

As the tree starts to pulse, vibrating with energy. The sounds of children’s voices are heard in the canopy above ushering in the future, moving us into towards the end of our journey.

Coventry Moves Together

20.21 - Broadcast via Radio

Stand by and tune in, for this bit, we need you.

As the day draws to a close, local and community radio stations will unite for the world premiere of Coventry Moves Together, a brand new piece of music created by composer Dan Jones using Coventry children’s voices.

At exactly 20:21, BBC CWR, Block Radio, Radio Panj, Hillz FM, Radio Abbey, Fresh, Vanny Radio, Radio Plus and Arawak will all begin playing individual streams of music simultaneously.


Coventry Moves Credits

The creative team behind Coventry Moves are Justine Themen, Director; Ruby Pugh, Designer; Mydd Pharo, Wildworks, Visual Dramaturg; Jenni Jackson, Movement Director; Benjamin Burrell, Music Director; Dan Jones Music composition of Coventry Moves Together. The team also includes five Creative Associates - Hannah Beck, Sebbie Mudhai, Marius Mates, Sibongile Mkoba and Hazel Mcintosh – who were originally involved in the Young Creatives Programme and will be mentored throughout the delivery process.

See Coventry Moves Full Credits

Going behind the scenes at Coventry Moves

People Power: Coventry Moves in Rehearsal

Coventry Moves Together at Willenhall Primary School

Youthfulness: Meet the Extreme Performers

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. 


Social Justice: Coventry Moves banner-making

Willenhall Primary School pupils preview Coventry Moves Together