In Celebration of MOBO

In Celebration of MOBO

Ahead of the MOBO awards being held in Coventry, a number of organisations in the city have come together to put on a series of local events that take inspiration from the awards show.

The programme, which is titled ‘In Celebration of MOBO’, has been curated by Remarkable Productions on behalf of Coventry City Council and runs from Friday 26 November until Saturday 11 December. The programme has been made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

The aim of the programme is to extend the impact of the MOBO Awards beyond the ceremony itself. As a result, many of the events in the programme take inspiration from the vision of the awards and offer unique experiences to emerging young artists in the city.  

The festival kicks off on Friday 26 November with a screening of the documentary ‘Unapologetic’ at Fargo village. ‘Unapologetic’ provides a look inside the ongoing black liberation movement work that transformed Chicago. The film is also being screened as part of the Screening Rights Film Festival which is a showcase for films looking at themes such as social justice and equality.

One of the major contributors to the programme are Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) who are hosting a number of live events for artists and young people to attend and participate in. The highlight of their events will be the ‘Changing Trax Open MIC Event'. This event, which will be held at Fargo Village on Saturday 28 November, is a perfect opportunity for you to discover some fantastic new Coventry artists.

The Coventry Caribbean Centre is hosting a masterclass in music on Friday 3 December. This event will offer attendees an insight into the music industry and will cover topics ranging from music licensing for TV and Film to an introduction to music publishing. If you are a young artist looking for industry tips then this is the event for you!


As part of the programme, the award-winning Theon Cross will be playing at Drapers Hall on Friday 3 December. This live performance will give attendees the opportunity to experience the award-winning composer’s unique sound in the recently renovated hall.


The centrepiece of the programme will be the In Celebration of MOBO Busking Festival. This event, which takes place on the Saturday 4 December, will see the city centre taken over by up and coming musicians from all genres. The festival will take place across four curated performance spaces, each with their own diverse roster of talent, and will offer these musicians the chance to perform and take advantage of the national spotlight the MOBO awards are shining on the city.

These events are just a small part of the diverse programme. For more details about these events and the rest of the wide-ranging programme, please visit

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council said: “We were absolutely delighted to be chosen as the host city for the MOBO Awards. Coventry is a proud, multi-cultural city and it’s fitting that we’ll be hosting the UK’s biggest celebration of black music and culture whilst we celebrate our year as the UK City of Culture.

“It’s important to the Council that the MOBO Awards create a lasting legacy for our residents that’s why I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to put together this fantastic programme which will shine a spotlight on the amazing talent we have here in Coventry.

“From live music to informative talks from industry experts, there’s something in this programme for everyone. So, I would urge everybody to have a look at the events on offer and to take part where they can.

Peter Knott, Midlands Area Director for Arts Council England said: “As Coventry celebrates its year in the spotlight, it’s fantastic to see it play host to an internationally significant and prestigious event like the MOBOs.

“City of Culture is a time to celebrate creativity and community and I hope this diverse programme of events will inspire and excite visitors and residents alike, putting the city at centre stage to showcase new and emerging musical talent.’’

Julian Rudd, In Celebration of MOBO producer, said: “The vision of the programme is to spread the magic of the MOBOs across the city and involve as many Coventry artists and creatives as we can in the first ever In Celebration of MOBO programme.

“The programme ranges from a city centre music festival through to concerts with Theon Cross and Mica Paris, from the Screening Rights Film Festival to masterclasses and talks presented by Coventry Caribbean Centre and Positive Youth Foundation. We will be adding pop up events as we go so do check in to Coventry Council’ websites for updates and announcements on social media.”

The MOBO Awards are the UK’s most prestigious celebration of Black music and culture. This year, the event is being held at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Sunday 5 December and will feature performances from three incredible multi-award nominees – Ghetts, Pa Salieu and Bree Runway. Tickets are available via the CBS arena’s website.

The full list of MOBO Awards 2021 nominees are available on the MOBO Awards website.

Published: 26th November 2021