28th Jun, 2022

'City of Culture is fizzing with excitement and enthusiasm' - Arts Minister's view on his Coventry visit

THE ARTS Minister said he was delighted to see Coventry people ‘fizzing with so much energy and enthusiasm’ when he visited the UK City of Culture on Thursday.

Lord Parkinson was present at the unveiling of The Show Windows: Reflections exhibition which featured art from the British Museum collection chosen by citizens.

He said: “It’s nice to see which pieces had been selected by people and young people from Coventry – it gives a good insight into what is important to them.”

Later that evening, he also attended a VIP reception and world premiere of Ghost in the Ruins, a new commission presented by Coventry Cathedral and the City of Culture trust to mark the 60th anniversary of the cathedral’s consecration.

Lord Parkinson added: “It’s brilliant the way the City of Culture has brought people together and back into the city centre to spend money and help local businesses.”

He added arts and culture played an important part in recovery and regeneration after the Covid restrictions and lockdowns of the last 20 months.

“Everyone has worked together so well and it does not just end in May when the City of Culture closes – it’s important to build a legacy for the future.

“It’s about transformation and new ideas to make sure the city keeps evolving.

“Previous Cities of Culture, like Hull, are still doing plenty even though their year has come to an end.”

And he said the restrictions and lockdowns could have helped as many people had time to get creative and then bring their ideas to the City of Culture when regulations were eased.

Lord Parkinson said: “Over the last year there had been many new collaborations in Coventry.

“There is creativity in everyone, as we have seen here – arts and culture should be accessible to everyone.”

Visit coventry2021.co.uk for the latest on the UK City of Culture, forthcoming events and to buy tickets or book places.

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