Coventry City of Culture – 2021

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Given that there has been little in the news for the past year other than the pandemic you might have missed the fact that Coventry is the UK’s City of Culture this year.

But, for Coventry, taking advantage of this accolade hasn’t and won’t be easy during what everyone hopes are the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

It has been helped by the government giving it a further £3.5 million to help deliver the planned celebrations. Principally the money is to be use to make the events Covid protected as much as possible and therefore give reassurance to those visitors that will attend.

The opening event, Coventry Moves, was, just one month ago, going to be just a televised and virtual event but that is no longer the case. The date has moved forward so it is now less than one month away on June 5th . But it will still be available for people to see on their tv screens as the city is working in conjunction with the BBC.

In the words of the organisers, Coventry Moves will be “a playful and engaging celebration of Coventry, its stories and its people.”  

Herbert Art Gallery and Musuem, one of the arts attractions of the city. Image © Visit Coventry

Coventry is planning a spectacular year of events and activities, combining still to be announced events along with more established features such as the Booker Prize and Turner Prize announcements which will both be held in the city this year.

The website lists events as and when they are announced so, rather than then mention those that are listed it would be better for readers to visit the website – https://coventry2021.co.uk/ – or click on the link frequently so that they are aware of all the events that are planned.

It  was originally hoped that Coventry would get an economic boost of £211 million with an additional 2.5 million visitors but it all depends on lockdown restrictions and when they will finally be lifted. If all goes as planned, the city will need around 10,000 volunteers and it will create more than 900 jobs.

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