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Coventry named UK City of Culture 2021

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Coventry has been selected to be the UK’s City of Culture for 2021.

The identify is awarded each and every 4 years and it method the town will host a year-long birthday celebration of arts and function.

It will hope to emulate the good fortune of Hull, which is UK City of Culture this yr. The identify is estimated to have boosted Hull’s economic system by means of £60m.

The different puts within the working for the identify had been Swansea, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland.

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Coventry City of Culture Trust

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Godiva Awakes, within the Coventry Cathedral ruins

Coventry’s tradition

Famous little kids

It’s the birthplace of Philip Larkin, one of England’s greatest poets, digital track pioneer Delia Derbyshire and best-selling creator Lee Child. It’s additionally the house of the Two Tone ska motion via bands like The Specials and The Selecter.

Cultural claims to popularity

Venues will come with Warwick Arts Centre, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Belgrade Theatre, which introduced the Theatre In Education motion in 1965. It’s additionally the house of the UK’s first Shop Front Theatre and boasts the UK’s greatest unfastened circle of relatives track competition with the Coventry Godiva Festival.

The UK City of Culture scheme is break free the European Capital of Culture. The UK used to be because of have a flip opting for a town to carry that identify in 2023, with Leeds, Dundee, Milton Keynes, Belfast/Derry and Nottingham all bidding.

But the European Commission not too long ago showed that the UK will lose the correct to have a bunch town after it leaves the EU in 2019.

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