Coventry is a city of invention, regeneration and an international city of peace and reconciliation.

Coventry is a young, vibrant city with an experimental music scene, home to poets and artists and the centre of the UK's motor industry.

Coventry inspired the global twinned city movement, with 26 twinned relationships all over the world – from Kingston (Jamaica), to Dresden (Germany) and most recently, Jinan (China). It is a City of Sanctuary (part of the City of Sanctuary Network), which is a movement throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. It is part of the Migrant Friendly Cities Network and has taken more Syrian refugees than any other UK city.

The UK’s City of Culture in 2021

Coventry's vision as the City of Culture 2021 was to focus on inclusion and diversity through programmes and events that encourage activism, civic participation and digital innovation.

Coventry used the City of Culture to improve sustainability, tourism and heritage and making the city an attractive place to live and work. The programme was supported by a vibrant cultural strategy and a wide portfolio of ambitious projects spearheaded by the Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry City Council and other key partners, including the British Council.

The British Council was the International Partner for Coventry City of Culture 2021. As part of the partnership, we worked with the UK City of Culture Trust and many cultural and civic partners in the city to support a wide range of international connections. Some of this activity includes:

About our international projects