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What a year to be a Coventrian!

While this year hasn’t started exactly as we’d have liked it to, the city of Coventry has SO much to look forward to in 2021. This year is set to be bigger, better, and brighter as we celebrate our title of UK City of Culture for 2021!

This year and the beginning of 2022 is set to be full of celebration, exhibition, excitement, and prosperity. Admittedly Covid_19 will play a part in changing the way things are planned but this is such an important year for Coventry and we hope that many people within the city will benefit.

So, what are the big things happening this year?

City Centre with light pattern photo for Coventry Moves- credit Graeme Peacock Photography
City Centre with light pattern photo for Coventry Moves- credit Graeme Peacock Photography

Coventry Moves will open Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture on Saturday 15th May 2021, it was hoped that this would be a spectacular event, however current restrictions may change the way that this is approached.

Marshmallow laser feast, Historic Coventry Trust and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have partnered to bring us ‘The Tides Within Us’, a stunning outdoor experience in Coventry’s newly-former charterhouse heritage park. The event will be suitable for the whole family and will engage your senses and fire your imagination.

Next up is Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions- the local artist from ‘The Special’s’ is returning to Coventry to curate a music event in the heat of the city with Coventry Music Board, other local artists and the organisation, Mind. The three-day event will showcase International legends and shine a light on the country music scene.

24 hours of music, theatre, installation and ritual across Coventry, co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Faith, will unfold an epic overarching story and can be enjoyed by audiences while social distancing, proving that Coventry are presenting a glimmer of hope for 2021 by showing that live events and exhibitions can be done in a Covid-safe way.

Continuing with the Music trend, the CVX Festival will hopefully be making its appearance in 2021 with positive youth foundation, arts against violence, Coventry youth partnership working together to produce a pioneering three-day arts activism festival curated by young people in the city; JAY1 will co-produce live music for CVX with his brand ONE Wave.

For all the poets, The BBC’s poetry and spoken word festival, contains strong language, will come to Coventry in September 2021 and will be the biggest celebration of poetry ever seen in the region.

Small Boats Ring, a magical specially designed canal boat crammed full of short stories, will visit Coventry in July 2021 in association with Coventry libraries, Canals & Rivers trust, Studio Morison and Super Slow Way.

Working towards the end of the year, Coombe Abbey’s, ‘Luminate Coombe’, a spectacular, illuminated trail full of wonder and intrigue will be starting on the 18th November 2021 and running until Christmas Eve (No, I can’t believe I’ve just mentioned the C word either…).

To go with the City of Culture, this year Coventry is also hosting the Turner Prize, the event will be held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the city with a judging panel that will include Russell Tovey and the director of the Chisenhale gallery, Zoé Whitley, announcing the winner on 1 December 2021.

We are hopeful that many of these events, celebrations and cultural inspiration will be able to go ahead in some shape or form.

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