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8 December 2017

We did it Coventry!! Last night it was announced that Coventry won the UK City of Culture 2021 title!

Today at 11.15am, Phil Redmond and the culture minister John Glen MP will be visiting Coventry and we want as many people as possible in FarGo market hall to greet them in our UK City of Culture WINNING CITY! It will only be for about 30 minutes so hopefully you can make it!

We went to Hull and showed the judges the time for Coventry is now and we can’t wait to put on the greatest show that Coventry has ever seen!

Laura McMillan, Manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust: “It’s been a bid by and for the people of Coventry. It has brought so many people and organisations together and this is just the start. Over the next three years we will ensure that everyone in the city, which has been moving people by cycle car and jet engine, is now moving people through culture.”

We want to thank every single one of you for being a part of the bid. We want to thank all our trustees, Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwick Universities, the West Midlands Combined Authority and every business, artist and individual that has supported us along the way. In just two years ago this bid has put Coventry back on the map, and this is only the beginning.

What happens next?

Work will start away as we prepare to put on the greatest show that Coventry has ever seen over an incredible 12 months!

Coventry’s 2021 programme will include a Street of Culture programme co-producing work in local communities. The first build-up event will be the UK’s first Shop Front Theatre Festival 23-24th March 2018 and the city will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Cathedral with a major new lighting commission.

A 2.2 mile Ring Road poem is set to one of the digital centrepiece of 2021 along with major productions by the RSC and the screening of the entire works of Shakespeare in iconic locations.

An artist-led festival called ‘Moments of Silence’ will create moments of silence and beauty and reflect on the city’s 700-year-old Carthusian monastery Charterhouse and play on the myth of being ‘Sent to Coventry’.

Building on the success of 95-year-Old Indian Photographer Masterji’s exhibition, the city will develop a project Tale of Two Streets that looks at two of the most diverse streets in Britain through the eyes of photographers.

We weren’t sent to Coventry, we chose to come and we can’t share our city with the world!


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