Coventry has won the title of UK City of Culture for 2021. It’s time for our city to take centre stage and show the world all that Coventry has to offer. The activity is being run by Coventry City of Culture Trust, an independent charity that has been set up to manage the process and take the city on this exciting journey.
Coventry has been moving people by cycle, car and peace for centuries and now we will move people through Culture. The programme will include a Street of Cultures programme co-producing work in local communities.
UK City of Culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport every four years. Previous winners are Derry/Londonderry in 2013 and Hull who had their year in 2017.
The judges unanimously agreed that awarding Coventry the title would have the biggest impact on the rest of the UK. We are a young, diverse, modern city which is re-imaging the role culture can play in bringing people together.
Coventry has a history of triumphing against adversity, of coming together with a fierce but quiet pride. We love our city and all too often have listened to others putting it down but now is the time to invite the world to venture past our beloved ring road and into a city with a story to tell and experiences to share.