Tickets: FREE - LINE THE STREETS (SEE MAP BELOW)
Coventry City Centre
Sat 14 May 2022 @ 13.00

This is the City

Sat 14 May 2022 @ 13.00
Coventry City Centre
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
FREE - LINE THE STREETS (SEE MAP BELOW)
 

A spectacular parade featuring just some of Coventry UK City of Culture’s greatest hits from the last 12 months. Join us as and line the streets as thousands of participants take to the streets to celebrate - a party for, and by, the people of Coventry. Who knows, maybe you will spot some familiar faces along the way.

This is the City will showcase the diverse communities and audiences who have played a part in the year so far: from City Hosts to all night ravers; upcycling fashionistas to faith leaders; Ska performers to community choirs. 

This is the City where movement began, and its time to celebrate together once again.

Scroll down to see the route and who's involved.

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information for businesses and residents

The Route

Click on the map for a closer look at the parade route.

Click on the map for a closer look at the traffic closures.

THE PARADE

This is the City showcases the inspiring work which has taken place across our 12 months as UK City of Culture. It will consist of 12 sections. Take a look below to see who's taking part in each section.


1. WELCOME

Here we meet the Parade, greeted by community groups and individuals who embody Coventry's welcoming spirit.

  • City Hosts Gold Badge Holders
  • River Runners - Louis Lewinson, Nancy Gibson
  • Breakdots Extreme Sports Performers - Choreographer and Breakdancer Marius Mates, Breakdancer Jamaal O’Driscoll, Scooter Josh Tyler, Bike Keelan Phillips
  • Coventry Samba Collective - led by Fareed Siddiqui with City Hosts and members of West Midlands Police
  • Radford Bubbles - Sherrie Edgar, Mounira Bitchikh, Saradha Krishnamoorthy, Joy Batchelor, Jennifer de Sousa, Chloe Griffin
  • Earlsdon Primary 
  • Choreography - Jenni Jackson and Lucy Glassbrook
  • Music - Impact Steelband

2. SANCTUARY

Coventry as a city of sanctuary - a city that welcomes and becomes a home.

  • Circolombia 
  • Sanctuary Community
  • Foxford Community School 
  • Creative Lead - Hannah Beck and Circolombia
  • Poem on Placards by Hawwa Hussain

 


3. HARMONY

Showcasing Sound Systems, ska dancers and fiesta costumes.

  • Sound Truck - Sisters in Dub, Mackabee, JB International
  • Reggae Fever Carnival Dancers, led by Sharleen Pitt
  • Leicester Carnival Participants
  • Creative Lead - Colin Bell

4. FREEDOM

Celebrating freedom with local talent and artists - from community dance groups to Gospel choirs.

  • The Fabularium
  • The Crew Girls
  • Cubbington Silver Band

5. PEACE

Focusing on Coventry as a city of peace - inviting key community faith leaders to celebrate their faith.

  • Faith Community
  • Creative Lead - Jennifer Davis
  • Designer - Tom Piper 

6. UTOPIA

Embracing Coventry's utopian past present and future.

  • Agency/HOME participants
  • Underground Lights 
  • Choir With No Name 
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • Amelia Clarke dancers
  • Creative Lead - Frankie Robson 
  • Credits for Frestonia National Anthem 
  • Sarah Woods - Book and Lyrics from an original story by Heathcote Williams
  • Boff Whalley - Music

7. COVENTRY IN THE WORLD

Planting Coventry within our network of European and global friends.

  • Circus Raj & Raj Brass Band
  • Young Athletes from the International Childrens’ Games
  • Bulgarian Community 
  • Ska Dancers
  • Irish Dancers
  • Bollywood/Bhangra Dancers
  • Choreography - Jenni Jackson and Lucy Glassbrook

8. CITY OF LIGHT

Presenting and celebrating some of the work from Abundance festival.

  • Kadence Music Drummers
  • Sahyadri Friends Group 
  • Amisha Patel Group
  • Legion of Warriors

9. BEING HUMAN

Shining a spotlight on the people of Coventry and their stories.

  • Ascension Dance
  • Grapevine Associated Groups - Coventry Youth Activists/Connecting for Good/Fight For Your Right To Party/Creative Kindness
  • Reform the Norm 
  • Queer Disrupt 
  • Fostering Families Group
  • The Saturnos and Friends
  • Creative Lead - Jo Gleave 

10. HOPE

Welcoming dynamic, diverse and youthful talent from the city, from dance to spoken word and music - expect energy, noise and movement.

  • John Bernard - MC 
  • Eqho Dance
  • Hype Dance
  • Fridays
  • Positive Youth Foundation 
  • Creative Lead - Frankie Robson 

11. AMAZING WOMEN

Our Modern-day Godivas ride again followed by the amazing women of the city who are championing and challenging social issues in the city.

  • Modern-day Godivas - Christine Sugary Staples, Jess McLish, Kirsty Brewerton, Last Mafuba, Pru Porretta, Reena Jaisiah, Surinder Dhillon, Alethea Balbuena
  • Godiva Trust
  • St Patrick’s Primary School
  • Women of the City 
  • Knights of Middle England - Horses and Riders 
  • Creative Lead - Hannah Beck

12. GREEN FUTURES

A look to the future - embracing our sustainable legacy.

  • Haus of Kraft Collective
  • Off-Balance Dance
  • Fridays Choir
  • Coventry Lord Mayor
  • Sidney Stringer Primary and Secondary School 
  • St John Vianney Catholic Primary School (Junk Kouture) 
  • This is Africa - Drummers 
  • Creative Lead - Jeanefer Jean-Charles

CREATIVE/PRODUCTION TEAM

Designer - Anna Lewis

Design Team - Kiri-Anne Lewis, Jane Bush, Emma Ranic, Lewis Smallridge and team

Banner Designer - Louise Worrall & The Children of Coventry

‘Peace’ Designer - Tom Piper

Producer - Helen Galliano 

Production Manager - Simon MacColl

Production Co-Ordinator - Nik McKiernan

Sound Designer - Dan Steele 

Company Stage Manager - Tracy Croft

Stage Manager - Anne Baxter, Niamh Percy, Jodie Wallace

FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE BELGRADE THEATRE

Why not watch the parade from outside the Belgrade Theatre? There’s a FREE family event taking place there from 12pm – 5.30pm and the parade is due to pass by at 1.15pm.

City Fusion will feature a packed programme of local music acts, arts and crafts, face painting, a caricaturist, a treasure hunt and more.

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GETTING HERE

Book your travel in advance using Transport for West Midlands' affordable new service.

West Midlands On-demand is a new type of bus service. It does not follow a specific route. Instead, you book a journey and a bus will pick you up at a time you choose. Journeys to Coventry City Centre start at £3.

All buses are accessible and have space for a wheelchair. Assistance dogs are allowed. The extended hours over City of Culture's bumper weekend are:

Fri 13 May: 7am – 9pm
Sat 14 May: 12 – 9pm
Sun 15 May: 7pm – 11pm

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Access information

  • Audio described

Further access information will be made available closer to the date of the event.

There will be Access Stewards in green tabards at the event and at a designated Access Kiosk for you to approach with any questions when you are at the event.

Click the links below to view our Access Pack, which shows images and descriptions of routes, parking suggestions, nearby toilets, accessible viewing areas and key points to inform your visit.

ACCESS PACK - WORD

ACCESS PACK - PDF

Please alert the team when booking tickets or email [email protected] if you require any access provision.

There will be an accessible viewing area at the event.

Accessible toilets will be available at the event.

Audio description (potentially integrated) will be provided at an accessible viewing area.

There will be a ‘Quiet Space’ for anyone that may feel overwhelmed throughout the event.

If you have any specific questions please contact:

Email: [email protected]

In person: visit our Coventry 2021 Shop (Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm)

Telephone: 07842 312886 (Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm)