We're working with the diverse faith communities of Coventry to hold a mass participation event in the city, as part of Coventry City of Culture.

The first events of Coventry's 365-day programme of UK City of Culture 2021 were announced this week, including Faith, our 24-hour invitation to find out what keeps each of us going, and how people of faith and of no faith mark the chapters of their lives, told through music, theatre, installation and ritual.

Our Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, who is leading the project, said: “Humans find all sorts of faith in adversity and we want to celebrate what it is that gets us through tough times and what it is that allows us to recover with joy and with hope for the future of our city.

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“We will be offered a unique invitation to go into sacred spaces and learn about the very particular rituals that make up that faith. There will be music, there will be storytelling, and an epic piece of theatre to bring it all together.”

Erica is working with Associate Director Jen Davis, Designer Tom Piper, Coventry-based writer Chris O’Connell and playwright Chinonyerem Odimba.

Faith will take place in September 2021 across the Coventry Sacred Space, which spans from the city centre into north Coventry and encompasses faith buildings from almost all of the major religions as well as green and other sacred spaces. You will be able to enjoy the event while social distancing.