Tickets: FREE
Until Sun 20 Jun 2021

Coventry Welcomes 2021

Mon 14 Jun 2021 to Sun 20 Jun 2021

View the Coventry Welcomes 2021 Interactive Guide

Coventry Welcomes 2021 Guide

Translated versions of the guide available in Polish, Romanian, Kurdish and Arabic text.

Celebrate Coventry's heritage, traditions and diversity.

Coventry Welcomes returns in 2021 and offers a chance to explore the lives of those seeking sanctuary and those who have welcomed them throughout the generations. Designed to celebrate the people of Coventry, the events span genres and include some of the things we enjoy most, music, dance, drama, food, literature, poetry, workshops, storytelling and much more, embracing diversity in all its forms.

Coventry Welcomes takes part at the same time as the national Refugee Week initiative led by Counterpoints Arts.  Working with over 30 partner organisations across the city, we will be delivering a series of events that are thought-provoking, encourage debate and promote the sharing of ideas. 

Central to this week of performances is Stand and be Counted Theatre’s Can You Hear Me, Now? a celebratory, large-scale outdoor performance. It will be an immersive and joyous experience, made with and for the people of Coventry. Expect live music, dance, spoken word and storytelling.

We have activities for everyone – from young children to the older members of our community. Bring your family and friends, and join us in our celebration. 

The programme includes:

  • Stand and Be Counted Theatre - Can you Hear Me, Now? 
  • Counterpoints Arts partnership
  • CARAG presents Still We Rise Podcast with special guests
  • She Cannot Walk Alone sharing by artist Laura Nyahuye, Creative Director of Maokwo
  • Positive Images Festival launch and workshops
  • Inini and CARAG launch their new zine, illustrated by Majid Adin
  • In the City Festival presented by CRMC
  • Plus workshops, talks, debates, theatre, comedy, film and much more to be announced. 

In partnership with: African Network; ARTconnects; Belgrade Theatre Coventry; CARAG; Carriers of Hope; Chrysalis Craft Coventry – CIC; Counterpoints Arts; Coventry City Council Migration Team; Coventry College ESOL; Coventry Library Services; Coventry University; CRMC; FWT- Foleshill Womens Training; Good Chance Theatre; GRAIN Photography; Hillz FM; Inini; Journeymen Theatre; Kori Agency; Maokwo; MiFriendly Cities; Migration Forum – Coventry; Out in the UK; Positive Choices; Positive Images Festival; Positive Youth Foundation; Fablab; Sahyadri Friends Group; Schools of Sanctuary; St Francis Employability; Stand and Be Counted Theatre; University of Warwick; WATCH; West Midlands Police.

Funded by Spirit 2012


Coventry Welcomes Events

Films & audio

All Film and Audio activity as part of Coventry Welcomes is listed on the page below.

Coventry Welcomes Film & Audio

Visual display locations

All visual display locations detailed below.

Visual display locations

Social Media Campaigns

Social Media campaigns 

Join the conversations #CoventryWelcomes2021 #RefugeeWeek2021 #WeCannotWalkAlone #CoventryMoves #HereForCulture 

  • 15 June #WeCannotWalkAlone  

Follow members of Coventry City Council’s Migration team on a reflective walk and join in by posting pictures of your walk and reflections on what it means to help someone in their journey of life. Facebook & Twitter 

  • 18 June #SportUnited   

Sport can bring together communities. Join Coventry City Council’s Migration team as they explore how this happens by hearing stories refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. Facebook & Twitter 

  • #ResonateFestival  

A 12-month programme of inspiring and interactive events from the University of Warwick to spark ideas, curiosity and creativity in all ages. Events in June are specially for Coventry Welcomes. 


Coventry Welcomes Partners News

The Network of Migrant Innovators 

The Network of Migrant Innovators is a partnership of user-led community projects and organisations in Coventry, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of local people including refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities through equality, inclusion and social justice issues. Through the Network, its members are pooling their lived experience and lived expertise to support diverse communities. 

For details contact the Chair, Aké Achi [email protected] 


Arabian Bites 

Arabian Bites IS BACK! Everyone’s favourite Arabic vegan restaurant reopens on 16 June 2021. Support our relaunch with a delicious takeaway cooked fresh by Syrian and Iraqi chefs! We will be open for just a couple of days a week for takeaways available for collection in the city centre, details tbc. We are also available for external catering events.  

Contact 07555 607575 or visit Facebook/Arabian-Bites-Coventry 

Coventry Welcomes Festival 2021 is being delivered alongside the following organisations.

Access information

Access details are listed per event, if you have any general access queries please contact [email protected]