Coventry Welcomes 2021

Celebrate Coventry's heritage, traditions and diversity. Coventry Welcomes returns in 2021 and offers a chance to explore the lives of those seeking sanctuary and those who have welcomed them throughout the generations. Designed to celebrate the people of Coventry, the events span genres and include some of the things we enjoy most, music, dance, drama, food, literature, poetry, workshops, storytelling and much more, embracing diversity in all its forms. Coventry Welcomes takes part at the same time as the national Refugee Week initiative led by Counterpoints Arts.  Working with over 15 partner organisations across the city including Positive Images Festival, Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG), Coventry Refugee & Migration Centre (CRMC) and Counterpoints Arts we are planning a series of events that are thought-provoking, encourage debate and promote the sharing of ideas. Central to this week of performances will be Stand and be Counted Theatre’s Can You Hear Me, Now?  a celebratory, large-scale outdoor performance. It will be an immersive and joyous experience, made with and for the people of Coventry. Expect live music, dance, spoken word, puppetry and storytelling. We have activities for everyone – from young children to the older members of our community. Bring your family and friends, and join us in our celebration. The programme includes:
  • Stand and Be Counted Theatre - Can you Hear Me, Now?
  • Counterpoints Arts partnership
  • Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group presents Still We Rise Podcast with special guests.
  • We Won’t Walk Alone sharing by Artist Laura Nyahuye, Creative Director of Maokwo
  • Positive Images Festival Launch and workshops
  • Party in the City presented by Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
  • Plus workshops, talks, debates, theatre, comedy, film and much more to be announced.
In partnership with: Positive Images Festival, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Sahyadri Friends Group, MiFriendly Cities, Coventry City Council Migration Team, Migration Forum – Coventry, Counterpoints Arts, CARAG, Inini, Carriers of Hope, Positive Youth Foundation, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Maokwo, Kori Agency, African Network, St Francis Employability, FWT- Foleshill Womens Training, WATCH, Hillz FM, Fablab, Schools of Sanctuary, Out in the UK, Chrysalis Craft Coventry - CIC, Stand and Be Counted Theatre. Funded by Spirit 2012