Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021
Join the AHRC Cities of Culture Network on Thursday 24 June as representatives from the City of Culture Leadership Programme chair a series of sessions to bring a range of perspectives on cultural mega-events.
The cleared former Civic Centre site at our Coventry campus has been handed over for use as an entertainment, food, drink and events space during the city's year in the national spotlight and will be run by a leading venue producer from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Apply to be a volunteer City Host to welcome and engage visitors across the festival. You’ll get training, access to discounts and opportunities to take part in some of the nation's biggest events.
Our students and colleagues are using their creativity and innovation to deliver City of Culture projects in the community. From raising mental health awareness in schools, to sustainable fashion, find out how we are helping bring the festival to life.
Be a part of our City of Culture
Coventry is UK City of Culture! From May 2021, the city will be at the heart of a year-long spectacle of events, music, dance, theatre, and cultural celebration. As we emerge from lockdown, this should be the UK’s biggest party – and you’re invited.
The city won the prestigious title ahead of four other cities in 2017 after showcasing our diversity, innovation, and vibrant youth. The year puts our city on a national and international stage – a once in a lifetime celebration that will have a lasting legacy for those who live, work and learn here.
We are located at the heart of Coventry and our rich diversity and innovation is a part of the city’s cultural fabric. As a Principal Partner, everyone in our university community plays a huge role in bringing the festival to life – meet the Cultural Impact Team leading our activity.
Coventry is the city where movement began; from transport to activism, our city has moved people for centuries. Major national events, intimate experiences, and immersive exhibitions will give everyone the chance to be a part of our movement.
Find out more on what will be an extraordinary year through our news stories, events and projects below – plus how you can get involved in this unique moment in time.
Helping bring the festival to life
Our students and colleagues are planning events, undertaking initiatives, sharing information and history to celebrate our community’s unique culture and diversity.
Helping school children understand mental wellbeing
Coventry Graduate Lucy Pearce has authored and illustrated children’s books to help youngsters cope with their mental health after being awarded university City of Culture funding.YouTopia
The university's gift to the city
Explore Coventry Digital – our archive of thousands of photos, videos, maps and documents has been set up to celebrate Coventry’s rich cultural history.