Coventry UK City of Culture Trust has shared an update on preparations for its year of culture, which starts on May 15, 2021 and runs for 12 months.

While the country continues to face major challenges, the trust and its partners have announced further details of the programme as the UK moves toward a phased road to recovery.

As the first major cultural programme of its scale, breadth and length to commence since the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020, it will start under restricted conditions and phase its events as the loosening of restrictions in the UK takes place.

Coventry UK City of Culture will open with Coventry Moves on May 15 and as restrictions ease, a Summer of Surprises will allow citizens, and visitors once restrictions ease, to enjoy events, experiences and culture once again.

All events are being planned in a flexible and responsive way, to allow them to be presented throughout 2021-22 in line with the guidelines at the time they take place.

City of Culture 2021’s principal partners are Coventry City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Spirit of 2012, Warwickshire County Council, The University of Warwick, Coventry University

Full details of the events programme can be found here.