Fly The Flag
24 – 30 June

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights.

Arts organisations and human rights charities invite you to Fly The Flag for human rights on 24 – 30 June 2019. From the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall via cities, towns and villages across the UK, in galleries and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, both physically and online, people will come together to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.

In Coventry, this is part of our year-long #HumansofCov campaign.

Find out more about Fly The Flag below! 

Our pledge

CoventryUK City of Culture 2021 will spotlight the everyday heroism and grassroots activism of the city’s communities as part of the year-long #HumansOfCov programme. During Fly the Flag week, Coventry 2021 are inviting Humans of Cov to ‘Walk A Mile’ in other people’s footsteps and will be bringing together activists, artists and academics in an open conversation around equality and human rights. Commissions produced by Coventry-based artists in response to the individual articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be brought to life across the city, and an education programme about human rights will be running in the city’s schools.

Coventry City of Culture will Fly The Flag across all major activities during their campaign year, continuing to highlight the city’s activism, pioneering spirit and welcome, and telling the stories of everyday people across the city.

Get involved – What we’re up to

A Mile in my Shoes – Empathy Museum

Tues 25 – Fri 28 June / 10.30am to 6pm
Broadgate, Coventry

A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally.

Housed in a giant shoebox, Empathy Museum is coming to Coventry, with a specially curated collection of stories connected to the 30 individual articles of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, including stories from Coventry residents. Hear what human rights mean to the everyday people in the city.

From a Syrian refugee to a sex worker, a war veteran to a neurosurgeon, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger while listening to their story. The stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief, to hope and love, and take the visitor on an empathetic, as well as a physical, journey.

Presented by Coventry City of Culture Trust
Created by Clare Patey
Produced by Artsadmin

Accessible for wheelchair users.

Visual Story – A Visual Story is available here

Visual stories are a visual resource for children and young adults with Autism, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder and associated conditions. These resources are intended to help prepare any visitors for a new experience and to help them to become familiar with the surroundings and situation.

This event is accessible for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people as video content is provided with captioning.

Blind and Visually Impaired Accessible
This event is accessible for Visually Impaired and Blind audiences. ‘Assistance dogs welcome’ policy.


Our Place at the Table – An Open Conversation Exploring Equalities and Human Rights in Coventry

Tues 25 June / 5pm to 8pm
Location: Feeding Coventry, Foleshill Community Centre, 757 Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV6 5HS

Equalities and Human Rights sit at the heart of this global city of cultures, and this event is an opportunity to celebrate ‘Equalities Day’ and respond to what they mean to the people of Coventry.

Our Place at the Table will be a feast of food and creativity bringing together artists, activists, academics and the wider community for an open and honest conversation.

Introduced by Councillor Ram Lakha, the event will feature international and grassroots Human Rights Activists, Artists and Speakers from UN, UNESCO and TedX.

We welcome you to bring your thoughts, experiences and vision to what promises to be an inspiring event taking place in the heart of the community.

A delicious vegan buffet will provided by Arabian Bites, a local social enterprise project working with newly arrived refugees.

Our Place at the Table is a collaboration between Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry City Council.

This is a FREE event but pre-booking a ticket is advised – visit

Getting there

There is limited on-site car parking

Bus numbers 20, 20A, 20B, 20C and 48, stop near the venue


There is wheelchair access into and inside the building

There is wheelchair accessible toilets

For further information, access needs and dietary requirements, please contact

Book Tickets

Human Rights and the Power of Film – The Midlands’ Premiere of Ai Weiwei’s 2019 film The Rest

Weds 26 June / 7pm to 9.30pm – Food and music from 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm
Location: Square One Cinema, Coventry University, Priory St, Coventry CV1 5QP

A night of food, film and discussion on human rights, at home and abroad. Share a complimentary selection of international food whilst listening to music from around the world before taking a seat to be one of the first to see the Midlands’ premiere of The Rest, a new film by artist Ai Weiwei. The screening will be followed by an expert-filled panel focusing on the current global refugee crisis and the role of film in illuminating and even influencing it, inspire the audience with what we can do in our community to make a positive impact on the world.

The Rest explores one of the most pressing issues of our time, the global refugee crisis. For those who arrived in Europe, hoping to find the safe havens of their dreams, they instead now live in limbo within a creaking humanitarian aid system, no longer the centre of media attention yet unable to move forward with their lives. They are ‘The Rest.’

Through interviews and footage of their living situations, the film documents the everyday lives of the refugees.

This event is delivered in partnership with Screening Rights Film Festival, the Midlands’ international festival of social justice film and debate.

Representatives from Amnesty International and Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre will be available before and after the film screening.

This is a FREE event but pre-booking a ticket is advised – visit


There is wheelchair access into and inside the building

There is wheelchair accessible toilets

For further information, access needs and dietary requirements, please contact

Book Tickets

Get involved – Make your own flag

We would love to invite everyone to make your own flag representing what human rights mean to you. Feel free to be as creative as you like. Be inspired by Ai Weiwei’s design, or find your own way to represent what you want to say.

Have a look at the ‘make your own flag’ document below to get you started thinking about materials, ideas and design and don’t forget to share your creations online at #FlyTheFlag70 to inspire others and spread the word.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Flags are available to purchase here. Buy your flag on the fly the flag shop. 

Download and design your own flag here: Design your flag

Have an event you’d like to be included in the Fly the Flag listings? Submit your event here.

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