City of Culture 2021

City of Culture 2021

We are the Shapers of culture, Makers of change, Dreamers of dreams.

Every four years, cities across the country compete to be named City of Culture. Coventry was awarded the 2021 title after competing against eleven other cities around the UK.

Coventry College is delighted to be a partner of the UK City of Culture 2021.

This is a truly historic time for our city and we can’t wait to roll out an exciting programme of college activities this year and beyond which coincide with wider celebrations across the city.

Launching in May, it’s certainly set to be an amazing year!

Countdown to City of Culture celebrations:

We’re fiercely proud of all that Coventry has to offer and our focus in 2021 is to maximise opportunities for our learners – past, present and future.

Throughout history, the people of Coventry have shown true grit and determination to leave their mark on the world. Coventry College exists to continue that tradition through the wide variety of full-time, part-time and Higher Education programmes and apprenticeships we offer.

As a college, we Nurture, Elevate and Celebrate the talents of our learners, and these themes will form the basis of our celebrations during the City of Culture year.

Click a theme below to reveal the activities and events we have in store

Elevate
Celebrate

Supporting our learners and Staff to become 'City Makers', helping them progress with their next steps and become the shapers of future culture.

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The Creative Class of 2021

Learners from different subject areas will be encouraged to showcase their creative skills and capture the culture of Coventry and the College by becoming filmmakers, videographers, artists, poets, storytellers and performers during 2021.

Supporting our learners and Staff to become 'City Makers', helping them progress with their next steps and become the shapers of future culture.

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Dragon’s Den style business start-up competition

In partnership with leading Coventry businesses, learners will pitch their ideas for a new business start-up in a bid to win £2021!

Raising the status of our learners and staff by showcasing their work and talent. Encouraging learners to participate and play a key role in UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations.

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2021’s lasting legacy

The college will be launching a number of legacy courses to address culture and skills gaps and encourage learners of all ages to up-skill or re-skill and explore new career opportunities.

Raising the status of our learners and staff by showcasing their work and talent. Encouraging learners to participate and play a key role in UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations.

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Learner-led workshops

In a reversal of roles, classes and workshops will be delivered by learners for staff to attend and learn more about youth culture from the learner perspective.

Celebrating our learners, staff and community throughout 2021 and beyond.

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2,021 Hours Pledge

Staff and learners will work together to devote a total of 2,021 hours to a community initiative, charity or good cause.

City of Culture 2021 – Host Volunteering Programme

Coventry 2021’s City Host Volunteering Programme is a fantastic opportunity for people to play a key support role during an exciting year for Coventry.

City Host Volunteers are being recruited to:
  • Provide a friendly and welcoming face for visitors to the City
  • Guide visitors and event spectators
  • Provide information about the city and events
  • Showcase artwork and installation
The benefits of being a host include:
  • Access to free training
  • Enhancing and gaining personal skills, knowledge and experience
  • Access to local discounts and offers
  • A boost to your mental heath
  • Growing your social circle and meeting new people
  • Being able to say ‘I was part of that’

All you need to do to be involved is commit to volunteering at a minimum of 3 events over 12 months and complete a City Host training course.

Find out more about the programme and sign up now by visiting coventry2021.co.uk/cityhosts

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