29th Jun, 2022

Coventry would 'make the most of the City of Culture' says Archbishop of Canterbury

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury believes Coventry would ‘make the most of the opportunity’ to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

Justin Welby, who has links to Coventry and Warwickshire, was speaking at an event in London organised by Coventry City of Culture Trust to inform national decision-makers about how the bid was progressing.

More than 120 people attended the event on Warwick Business School’s floor at The Shard where Welby – who was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 2012 – spoke of the city’s exceptionally rich history and diversity.

He said: “Coventry is one of the most special places in this country.

“It’s been shaped by its history, it’s reimagined itself several times.

“It’s a city that’s picked itself up, dusted itself off and remade itself in the most exciting and extraordinary way.

“Should Coventry become UK City of Culture in 2021, the city will achieve exactly what the City of Culture was designed for.

“Coventry is one of the most multicultural cities in the United Kingdom and it is also one of the most successful in that area.”

The event included presentations from Laura McMillan, Coventry City of Culture Trust manager, David Burbidge, chairman of the trust, and Sandy Nairne, former director of the National Portrait Gallery.

There was also a panel discussion, led by bid advisor Andrew Dixon with dancer Ashley Jordan, Professor Jonothan Neelands, Julia Negus, Sabir Zazai, and Victoria Perry.

Laura said: “We have been spreading Coventry’s message far and wide.

“This was another great opportunity to speak to a new audience and tell them about the great things happening in the city.

“We were thrilled that Justin Welby and Sandy Nairne both spoke so positively about Coventry and that they recognise what a game-changer it could be for the city.”

Visit www.coventry2021.co.uk for more information about the bid.

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