THOUSANDS celebrated last night as Coventry was confirmed as the UK City of Culture 2021 winner.
The announcement was made by Arts Minister John Glen live on BBC’s The One Show from Hull, winner of the 2017 competition.
It sparked jubilation at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, where hundreds of the City’s supporters and campaigners who backed the culture bid gathered to witness the announcement.
The first build-up event following the win will be the UK’s first Shop Front Theatre Festival in March 2018.
Coventry will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Cathedral with a major new lighting commission.
A 2.2 mile Ring Road poem is set to one of the digital centrepiece of 2021 along with major productions by the RSC and the screening of the entire works of Shakespeare in iconic locations.
An artist-led festival called ‘Moments of Silence’ will create moments of silence and beauty and reflect on the city’s 700-year-old Carthusian monastery Charterhouse and play on the myth of being ‘Sent to Coventry’.
Building on the success of 95-year-Old Indian Photographer Masterji’s exhibition, the city will develop a project Tale of Two streets that looks at two of the most diverse streets in Britain through the eyes of photographers.