Love Coventry

The Love Coventry programme built on work that had already been undertaken within communities in Coventry and shone a light on local stories, bringing UK City of Culture to people’s doorsteps throughout the year. 

The Love Coventry programme – previously known as 21 Streets – called upon the people of the city to declare and share their love for Coventry whether it has been home for all of their lives, if they have only lived in the city for a short time, or if they are simply just visiting. 

The Love Coventry programme has seen incredible community participation in projects such as Window Wanderland, GENERATE Festival, Try It!, Radford Bubbles and Theatre Next Door, as well as the selection of Community Connectors from different areas across Coventry to help local communities create projects and events of their own. 

This programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Read about Love Coventry

Love Coventry Projects


A spectacular Carnival of Lights procession across the north of Coventry, Abundance was a family-friendly event celebrating light, hope and freedom. Abundance was co-created by 10 Coventry-based South Asian artists.

7th November 2021

Beneath The Trees

Co-created by Coventry Arts Collective, Beneath The Trees was an urban village fete of music, food, dancing, performance, people, and storytelling for the whole family.  

28th August 2021 

Caribbean Reggae Fever 2021

Co-created by Coventry Caribbean Association, ArawaK Community Trust and ArawaK Radio, Caribbean Reggae Fever was a live music event and procession celebrating traditional Caribbean culture, lifestyle, food and music.

21st August 2021

Community Connectors

We’re delighted to welcome 10 more Coventry residents onto the Community Connectors programme, who will join our existing 8 Connectors in delivering their own projects in neighbourhoods across the city.

November 2020 until May 2022

Eastern European HeARTS Festival

Co-created by New Start 4 U, Eastern European HeARTS Festival transformed Riley Square into a marketplace of music, art and food, sharing Eastern European cultures with people of all ages and backgrounds.

14th August 2021

Celebrate Holi 2021

Sahyadri Friends Group, a collective of Indian families based in Coventry, have created a range of exciting activities to help you celebrate Holi safely from home.

March 2021

Love Ireland

Sun 15 - Sat 21 May, across Coventry

A week-long festival celebrating all aspects of Irish culture in Coventry, including sports, dance, music and language.

Presence Poetry Festival

Sat 30 Apr, 12pm - 8pm, Hawkesbury Junction & The Greyhound Inn, Longford

Listen, rest, and enjoy the vibes. Presence is gathering at Hawkesbury Junction for a one-day poetry festival hosted by a cohort of local artists.

Radford Bubbles

We invite households and support bubbles in Radford to appear in a new exhibition showing a snapshot of Radford life during the pandemic.

July 2021 - May 2022

The Home Spun Festival

Local people and community groups in Spon End have come together to make the Home Spun Festival.

Join three artists: a local dancer, musician, and spoken-word poet for 3 morning workshops at Koco Community Centre on Mon 30 May - Wed 1 Jun.

The Sound of Cov: Live

A day of live music, food, drinks and sunshine, brought to you by seven of Coventry’s community, student and hospital radio stations. This event was also broadcast live on BBC CWR.

7th August 2021

The Sound of Cov: On Air

Between 4pm and 8pm on Sat 7 Aug and between 12pm and 4pm on Sun 8 Aug, tune in to BBC CWR and hear from a range of local voices telling the stories that represent their stations and their communities.

7th & 8th August 2021

Theatre Next Door

Coventry’s community centres have joined forces to bring high quality performances to communities across Coventry throughout our year as UK City of Culture. Theatre Next Door will see local community centres programming exciting interactive shows both online and in person at their centres, bringing all the excitement of professional theatre to your neighbourhood.

April 2021 to May 2022

Try It!

Try It! is a programme encouraging Coventry residents to have a go at a range of new, and often quirky, health-giving creative activities during our year as UK City of Culture.

September 2021 to May 2022


Unapologetic is a pioneering new multi-art festival celebrating Brown women as joyful, strong, powerful and beautiful. Unapologetic has been co-created with local communities in Coventry. It is a ground-breaking festival representing visual arts, spoken word and activism. 

23rd April - 21st May 2022

Window Wanderland 2022

Following on from the success of Window Wanderland in 2021, this year streets across Coventry and Warwickshire once again lit up their front windows and gardens and became beautiful night-time walking trails.

19th February to 25th March 2022



A selection of films featuring Love Coventry projects. To see more please visit the Coventry UK City of Culture YouTube channel and watch the Love Coventry video playlist



Visit Coventry Atlas to take a geographical look at all of the projects and events happening across the city!

Search NLCF to be taken to the Love Coventry specific projects: