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City of Culture plans delayed by covid crisis

The start of Coventry's year as UK City of Culture has been delayed to May 2021, due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Coventry 2021 team say that the delay will allow a fuller programme of public events.

Chief executive Martin Sutherland said: "The crisis has hit our city, our region and our sector hard. We are delighted that we will be able to have a year of celebration - a time when the city and country need it most - and that the dates are now set in stone."

Creative director Chenine Bhathena said: "At this time of uncertainty, our determination to create connections, memories and commit to making a change is unwavering and we are determined to create an amazing year."

The organisation team have also announced plans for a "major, signature event", which will is expected to be a key element to the festivities.

Described as a mass, city-wide celebration, it will be co-created alongside thousands of local people of all ages whose music, performance and dance will weave through structures also built by residents.

Further details of the year-long programme are expected to be announced later this year.

The decision to push back the start date was jointly taken by Coventry City of Culture Trust and its partners including Coventry City Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Pictured: Flashback to the celebrations in the city when the City of Culture bid was successful.

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