Coventry UK City of Culture Spring Programme

Putting arts and culture centre stage at UK City Of Culture, Coventry is welcoming welcoming audiences from across the city and the nation to visit.

Moving into the second half of their UK City of Culture year, the Spring line-up has been announced. Here are just a few highlights. From 19th – 26th February, an immersive sound and light installation, Where There is Light, will open in Coventry Cathedral. The voices and stories of sanctuary seeking communities will be heard, connecting with Coventry’s roots as a city of peace, reconciliation and sanctuary.  In the same month, following the success of the event in 2021,

Transforming a fractured past into a shared future, Broken Angel is a series of new site-specific installations to temporarily replace the Angel of the Eternal Gospel at Coventry Cathedral. The original window, part of  John Hutton’s great glass West Screen,  was destroyed by an act of vandalism in 2020 and has been left as a blank pane of glass since. Broken Angel is Coventry Cathedral’s creative response to filling the space.

The first installation by Anne Petters was a stunning installation of a broken piece of window glass magnified and projected onto the screen where the original Angel used to be, appearing as an abstract reflection of an angel’s wing.

A new artwork by Barbara Walker will be installed on 3rd March in the West Screen as part of a series of commissions called Broken Angel, a creative response to that shocking act of vandalism.

Meanwhile an Amazing Women showcase as part of The Show Windows, a 12-month programme by Coventry City of Culture Trust with Coventry Business Improvement District, presents new commissions in shop windows across the city centre by female artists including Karen McClean, Katrina Adams and Kemi Onabule.

Window Wanderland will see residents across Coventry and Warwickshire invited to once again light up their front windows and gardens to become beautiful night-time walking trails. Window Wanderland will also feature Artist on my Street, where Coventry Artspace have commissioned 21 artists, including Bibi, Asmahiel, Indira Lakshmi and Kitty Kaur, to transform windows in residential areas across the region.


The hugely popular Assembly Festival Garden will also be returning to Coventry from 14 April with a programme of family favourites, stunning spectaculars, and some familiar faces. During its 2021 residency, the pop-up space welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to its events with locals and visitors making the most of the buzzing social hub at the heart of the UK City of Culture. The 2022 programme will run throughout the spring and summer.


Sat 19 Feb  – Dat 26 Feb 2022, 4pm – 9pm

Coventry Cathedral Ruins

Where There is Light (Photo credit Mikal Ludlow)

Where There Is Light is an immersive sound and light installation sharing the voices and stories of sanctuary seeking communities from across the country. It asks questions about where we find light in our lives, in ourselves, in others and in the world around us.

The soundscape draws on the voices and stories collected from a series of interviews that took place online during 2020’s lockdowns between sanctuary seeking communities from Coventry, Halton, Hull and Leicester. In the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, we seek to rebuild, reconnect, and transform how communities, artists and venues operate, to ensure we stay connected in a world that can at times feel physically distanced, isolating or even lonely.

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