Coventry’s City of Culture Bid: Godiva Festival Launch

    If ever there was a place that deserves to win the title ‘City of Culture, 2021’ it has to be Coventry because there is truly a wealth of artistic talent to be found here.

Over the weekend of 1 – 3 July, the fields of the city’s Memorial Park were filled with festival enthusiasts from all over the West Midlands, and beyond, who came to celebrate the 18th Godiva Festival. The organisers have said that the 148,000 attendance figure was record-breaking with people flocking to the free event over the three days.


On the Sunday, you could sense the spirit of Lady Godiva calling upon the talent of Coventry to put their support behind the bid to be the ‘City of Culture for 2021’ and it was some of that talent, which was showcased as the bid team took over the Rhythm Tent and filled it with several hours of dance, theatre, musical performances and entertainment to officially launch the bid.

One of the dances that took place even incorporated two giant diggers!

Godiva offers so much more than music with platforms for a huge range of local cultural talent, performers and artists. Whilst gymnastic performers circled artistically a few feet above the ground, young adults took to the craft stalls to showcase their recent work for the City of Culture Bid, including the city’s arts festival. Other young and emerging artists showed off their work at the numerous stalls dotted around the park.

The Godiva Festival played host to an amazing line-up of bands and performers and on the final day, the lively crowd were extremely vocal in their appreciation of the Leeds-based band, The Pigeon Detectives, and million-selling pop band Scouting for Girls who took to the main stage for the festival finale.



Speaking on behalf of the City Council, who organised the event, Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council said:


“It’s great that once again Godiva has attracted record visits to the park. The festival is a great event which offers something for everyone and we’re delighted so many people chose to come along and enjoy Godiva 2016.


“The festival also hosted the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 which showcased the amazing creative talent we have here in the city.”


If anything is a prime example of the community coming together to celebrate the young and established talent in the city, it’s the Godiva Festival.


The city is a culturally diverse place to live, work and study and is a shining example of how communities can co-exist and come together at a festival that is enjoyed by both young and old.

As Coventry University is one of the partners for the bid, it is growing momentum all the time and staff and students are encouraged to follow the campaign on twitter – Coventry2021 (@Coventry2021) and other social media.


Now Coventry’s City of Culture bid has been officially launched, there will be many more opportunities to get involved over the next few months before the announcement of the winning bid is made in March 2017.


If you would like to promote Coventry’s bid to become the City of Culture, 2021, the organisers are happy for you to share your photographs of you or your friends and family showing their support with the official logo.

Click Here to Download the PDF: COV CULTURE BID A4

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To read all about Coventry’s bid, click on the link to the BBC website click here

Written by  Esmé Spurling and Ali Bushnell

Edited & Photography by Esmé Spurling 


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