Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

City of Culture 2021 events

In Paint We Trust

In Paint We Trust

Saturday 15 May 2021 – Sunday 1 May 2022

Location: Coventry

See the streets of Coventry awash with colour in this city-wide street art festival. Local, nationally and internationally renowned street artists will be given access to unique and unexpected spaces.

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The Show Windows

The Show Windows

Saturday 15 May 2021 – Sunday 1 May 2022

Location: Coventry

Produced by Coventry UK City of Culture in Partnership with Coventry Business Improvement District, curator Charlie Levine, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Lunchtime Organ Music With Colin Druce

Lunchtime Organ Music With Colin Druce

Monday 17 May 2021 – Monday 18 October 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

Join Coventry Cathedral every Monday or a free 30-minute recital featuring emerging and world-renowned organists playing the cathedral’s magnificent organ which has 5000 pipes.

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Sound Systems

Sound Systems

Tuesday 1 June 2021 – Sunday 31 October 2021

Location: Coventry

A celebration of Coventry’s rich cultural links to its twin city of Kingston, Jamaica, and the unique influence Sound System culture has had on Coventry and the wider UK’s music landscape.

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Community Radio Takeover

Community Radio Takeover

Tuesday 1 June 2021 – Tuesday 31 August 2021

Location: Coventry

Celebrating community, student and hospital radio across Coventry and Warwickshire as eight local stations take over BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Life on The Breadline

Life on The Breadline

Thursday 3 June 2021 – Wednesday 28 July 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

The exhibition arises from the Life on the Breadline project, which began in 2018, led by researchers from Coventry University, the University of Manchester, and the Queen’s Foundation.

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Coventry 2021 AR Trail

Coventry 2021 AR Trail

Sunday 6 June 2021 – Monday 6 September 2021

Location: Coventry

An augmented reality trail allows people of all ages to #ExploreCoventry in the new Coventry 2021 art trail.

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No Colour No Contrast: Exhibition

No Colour No Contrast: Exhibition

Sunday 13 June 2021 – Sunday 25 July 2021

Location: Blue Door Gallery Unit 10, Kensington Court, Kensington Road, Earlsdon, Coventry Cv5 6gg

It explores the use of colour and contrast to produce textile designs using the moiré weaving technique.

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Observations on Being

Observations on Being

Tuesday 22 June 2021 – Sunday 15 August 2021

Location: Coventry

Observations on Being was commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust and produced in partnership with York Mediale.

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Building Community Resilience Amid The Pandemic: A Research-Art Response

Building Community Resilience Amid The Pandemic: A Research-Art Response

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Location: Online Event

Associated with Coventry Welcomes Festival 2021. Part of the live digital events outside of Coventry Welcomes week.

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Small Bell Rings

Small Bell Rings

Thursday 1 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021

Location: Coventry City Centre

Small Bells Ring invites you to hop aboard the RV Furor Scribendi, a floating library crammed full of short stories.

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Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions

Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions

Thursday 1 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021

Location: Coventry

Terry Hall will return to Coventry to curate a three-day music event in the heart of the city.
It will showcase international legends and shine a light on the Coventry music scene.

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The Choir Of Man

The Choir Of Man

Thursday 1 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021

Location: Coventry Assembly Festival Garden The Queen Of Flanders Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2UR

Imagine the most incredible pub gig you've been to, then multiply it by ten, and you'll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout.

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Castaway

Castaway

Thursday 1 July 2021 – Tuesday 31 August 2021

Location: Coventry

CastAway is a new, environmentally led outdoor spectacle from Highly Sprung, designed to challenge our ‘Throw Away Society’.

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Roundabout

Roundabout

Thursday 1 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021

Location: Coventry City Centre

Paines Plough’s Roundabout is a unique, intimate pop-up theatre coming to Coventry in 2021.

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Circolombia

Circolombia

Friday 2 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021

Location: Coventry Assembly Festival Garden The Queen Of Flanders Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2UR

Fresh from Bogotá, one of the world's leading circus companies brings you extraordinary feats and seamless acts, all performed with breathtaking skill.

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Creative Europe - School Of Participation

Creative Europe - School Of Participation

Saturday 24 July 2021

Location: Coventry

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021’s School of Participation will bring together creative practitioners from Coventry and nine European partner cities.

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Roundabout - Black Love

Roundabout - Black Love

Tuesday 27 July 2021 – Sunday 8 August 2021

Location: Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Corporation St Coventry CV1 1GS

Presented as part of Roundabout 2021 - a festival of new world-class plays and community-led activities taking place this summer in Wood End, Coventry.

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Roundabout - Really Big And Really Loud

Roundabout - Really Big And Really Loud

Tuesday 27 July 2021 – Sunday 8 August 2021

Location: Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Corporation St Coventry CV1 1GS

Presented as part of Roundabout 2021 - a festival of new world-class plays and community-led activities taking place this summer in Wood End, Coventry.

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The Allesley Silas

The Allesley Silas

Wednesday 28 July 2021 – Sunday 1 August 2021

Location: St. John the Baptist Church Fleet Street, Coventry, CV1 3AY.

Silas Marner or The Weaver of Raveloe is one of the great stories by one of Coventry’s most celebrated writers – George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans).

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Roundabout - May Queen

Roundabout - May Queen

Thursday 29 July 2021 – Sunday 8 August 2021

Location: Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre Winston Av Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre Winston Ave, Coventry CV2 1EA

May Day in Coventry, 2022. Sixteen-year-old Leigh has been chosen as May Queen, she’s buzzin, as is the rest of the city.

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Generate Festival

Generate Festival

Friday 30 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021

Location: Blue Coat School Blue Coat School Terry Road, Coventry, CV1 2BA

Coventry and Warwickshire community performers are being given the chance to take to the stage and showcase their talents at an exciting new outdoor festival during UK City of Culture 2021.

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Roundabout - Hunger

Roundabout - Hunger

Friday 30 July 2021 – Sunday 8 August 2021

Location: Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Corporation St Coventry CV1 1GS

Presented as part of Roundabout 2021 - a festival of new world-class plays and community-led activities taking place this summer in Wood End, Coventry.

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Wonder With Grimm

Wonder With Grimm

Friday 6 August 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

It’s Grimm Night and the forest spirits are wandering abroad. Never heard of the Grimm? It used to live in the Black Forest, but now travels through forests across the UK looking for children’s voices

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CVX Festival

CVX Festival

Thursday 12 August 2021 – Sunday 15 August 2021

Location: Coventry

CVX Festival is a pioneering three-day arts activism festival curated by young people in the city around the themes of community, unity and social change.

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Heartbreak Productions Presents Mr Stink

Heartbreak Productions Presents Mr Stink

Tuesday 24 August 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly

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The Three Inch Fools Present Robin Hood

The Three Inch Fools Present Robin Hood

Wednesday 25 August 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, struggle to remember Britain’s best-known folktale. This summer, a hapless troupe of actors hit the road with a new production of Robin Hood

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SeaView

SeaView

Wednesday 1 September 2021 – Thursday 30 September 2021

Location: Coventry City Centre

SeaView is a six-part digital television series, developed through a groundbreaking collaboration between theatre and film production companies.

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Theatre of Wandering

Theatre of Wandering

Wednesday 1 September 2021 – Thursday 30 September 2021

Location: Coventry

In a new production co-created and inspired by Coventry residents, this walk-about theatrical experience through the east of the city blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality.

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Rivers of the World

Rivers of the World

Wednesday 1 September 2021 – Saturday 1 January 2022

Location: Coventry

Since its creation in 2005, Rivers of the World has been delivered in thirty-five countries around the world.

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FAITH

FAITH

Saturday 11 September 2021

Location: Coventry

Faith is a 24-hour invitation to find out what keeps each of us going in tough times.

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Contains Strong Language

Contains Strong Language

Thursday 23 September 2021 – Sunday 26 September 2021

Location: Coventry

A Co-Commission between the BBC, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press.

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Coventry Biennial 2021

Coventry Biennial 2021

Friday 1 October 2021 – Saturday 1 January 2022

Location: Coventry City Centre

The third Coventry Biennial will take place from October 2021 until January 2022 across Coventry and Warwickshire in a wide range of artistic, heritage, business and community locations.

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Turner Prize 2021

Turner Prize 2021

Friday 1 October 2021 – Monday 10 January 2022

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

One of the best-known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2021 is coming to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry as part of UK City of Culture 2021.

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The Lost Lending Library

The Lost Lending Library

Monday 25 October 2021 – Saturday 6 November 2021

Location: Coventry

A magical travelling library that celebrates books and the journeys they take us on.

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