Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021

Be a part of our City of Culture

Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021! 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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Coventry Digital

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.

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Coventry City of Culture 2021