We did it Coventry!! Coventry has won the UK City of Culture 2021 title!
Early in December 2017 it was announced by The Department of Culture, Media and Sport that Coventry will be the next UK City of Culture.
So what happens next?
Work will start away to put on the greatest show that Coventry has ever seen over an incredible 12 months!
Coventry’s 2021 programme will include a Street of Culture programme co-producing work in local communities. The first build-up event will be the UK’s first Shop Front Theatre Festival 23-24th March 2018 and the city will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Cathedral with a major new lighting commission.
A 2.2 mile Ring Road poem is set to one of the digital centrepiece of 2021 along with major productions by the RSC and the screening of the entire works of Shakespeare in iconic locations.
An artist-led festival called ‘Moments of Silence’ will create moments of silence and beauty and reflect on the city’s 700-year-old Carthusian monastery Charterhouse and play on the myth of being ‘Sent to Coventry’.
Building on the success of 95-year-Old Indian Photographer Masterji’s exhibition, the city will develop a project Tale of Two Streets that looks at two of the most diverse streets in Britain through the eyes of photographers.
Historic Coventry Trust are delighted to be a key partner in the City of Culture programme and look forward to sharing more details in due course.