City of Culture 2021

Coventry City of Culture 2021

What is City of Culture?

The City of Culture is a competition run by the Department of Culture Media and Sport every four years. Hull will be the next City of Culture in 2017.

Coventry is bidding for City of Culture 2021 and is currently developing the bid to be submitted in spring 2017.

The announcement of the winner is expected to be made at the end of 2017.

The winning city will then spend the following years preparing to host one of the largest events in the UK calendar as the world watches. The competition has been proven to provide a real step change and legacy not just for the winning city but also for other bidding cities.


What would winning mean to the local area?

  • Winning UK City of Culture could provide a real step change and legacy for the city and could bring upwards of £80 million economic impact in the year.
  • The city is very much behind the bid with Coventry City Council, the two universities, local businesses and the cultural sector all backing the bid.
  • Coventry is well situated to attract visitors from across the UK, 20 million people are within 2 hours from the city.
  • Coventry has a rich heritage and a bright future with strong cultural assets including Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Cathedral, Herbert Art Gallery and Independent Arts Organisations.


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