As we congratulate Bradford on being chosen for 2025 UK City of Culture, we also take a look back at Coventry's year-long arts festival.

From May 2021 to May 2022, Coventry was UK City of Culture, producing over 700 diverse arts events for a million audience members. 

Our Acting Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, is a Trustee of the UK City of Culture and directed Faith as part of the festival. Taking place over 24 hours in locations across Coventry and online, the four stories explored what keeps each of us going in tough times, and how people of faith, and of non-religious world views, understand and celebrate the chapters and mysteries of our lives.

You can still see Faith and other highlights from Coventry's year of events on the Coventry City of Culture YouTube channel.

A man talks to a pregnant woman sitting on a pile of luggage.
Faith (2021), directed by Erica Whyman.
Photo by FiveSix Photography © The Artist Browse and license our images

Looking forward

We now look forward to Bradford's year as UK City of Culture in 2025.

Bradford is home to one of our Partner Theatres, The Alhambra Theatre, who have been working with us as part of Shakespeare Nation and with our longstanding network of Associate School partners led by Bradford College. Most recently, some of the participants of Bradford's Shakespeare Nation programme took part in our production of Henry VI: Rebellion, playing townspeople and Jack Cade's rebels. Our Youth Advisory Board also features young people from the city.

You can visit our Bradford Shakespeare Nation page to find out more about their work, including blogs from some of the Rebels.