13th December 2017

Coventry to be UK City of Culture in 2021

The prestigious award of UK City of Culture for 2021 has been awarded to Coventry. The city beat off competition from Sunderland, Swansea, Stoke and Paisley. Coventry will take over from the current City of Culture, Hull where the next winner was announced.

Hull has benefitted greatly from winning the previous award and its economy has been boosted by around £60 million and around £1 billion pounds of investment has been seen in the last four years.The winning bid team are planning to change the current reputation of Coventry and will utilise the £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant which comes as part of the award.

Coventry was heavily bombed during the Second World War and its main industry, car manufacturing has seen a decline over the years. It is planned to improve and revitalise the city which has several cultural venues already. These include the Belgrade Theatre, the Warwick Arts Centre, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Godiva Festival, the largest free family music festival in the country.

Coventry also hosts the first Shop Front Theatre in the country and the iconic Coventry Cathedral. John Glen, the Arts minister stated that the award was a great chance for Coventry to attract investment into the local economy by enhancing tourism with an emphasis on arts and culture. As the bid team have quipped, 'Soon everyone around the world will be wanting to be Sent to Coventry'.