4th Jul, 2022

Coventry gets creative with new arts funding

ORGANISATIONS in Coventry have been awarded financial support for projects which enhance the city’s cultural sector.

The grants programme was also aimed at providing a strong UK City of Culture legacy.

Recipients had to consider how their project could tie in with the principles of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Six Coventry schools – Finham Park 2, Corpus Christi Primary, Moseley Primary, Coundon Court, Riverbank Academy and Earlsdon Primary – will work with Highly Sprung, a leading UK physical theatre company to create a large-scale celebratory dance programme for Birmingham 2022.

Earlsdon’s deputy head Rebecca Bollards said it would be a wonderful learning experience for pupils.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that our project has been awarded funding,” she said.

“This is a big opportunity for our children to immerse themselves in a different culture and be a part of a major international event.”

Coun Dr Kindy Sandhu, Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, added: “It’s an incredibly worthwhile project they’ve proposed and I’m eager to see what the pupils come up with.”

Coun David Welsh, cabinet member with responsibilities for arts and heritage, said the council wanted residents, regardless of background and circumstance, to engage with the city’s varied and exciting cultural life.

“By involving the pupils in a project like this we’re hopefully going to spark their interest and ensure they grow up as active participants in our city’s cultural sector.”

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