Resilience and strength are two attributes high in the minds of the people of Coventry.
The West Midlands hot spot earned the UK City of Culture 2021 title way before COVID decided to make an appearance.
And although the pandemic has caused a few ripples, it has not stopped this fine and architecturally wonderful city from grabbing its opportunities to show off what’s on offer.
The gradual easing of lockdown has enabled the cultural team to head off on their own road to recovery and open the doors of the city gems for all to see.
Coventry has always been a symbol of rebirth and of movement and hope. It rose from the ashes of World War II with music at its forefront to bring people together.
The grand opening of the city starts on Saturday May 15th and will run through until May next year and boy there is a lot on offer for visitors to see and do.
This diverse and powerful city will open its doors to some of the finest musical and theatre productions there are, with performances by Terry Hall, lead singer of iconic local band The Specials, an appearance by a 3.5 metre tall puppet depicting a young refugee called Little Amal who has journeyed 8,000 km from the Syria/Turkey border to reach the UK and a summer of surprises programme which will give a unique insight into the history of the city.
Coventry is well known for change and has been a platform for refugees, struggling workers, women and political reformers and it is a city of movement, famous for watches, bicycles and car production.
Its most famous landmark is its cathedral, bombed in World War II and replaced in the 20th century by a fabulous building full of abstract stained glass and art, including a painting of a nearby statue of local hero, Lady Godiva, riding naked on horseback.
The highlights of the city include its transport, music and military museums, plus its canals, nature reserves and its most famous son, St George, the dragon slayer and patron saint of Britain, said to have been born in Coventry.
Thankfully, it really is time to head off and have some fun!
For more information on what there is to see and do this year, you can check out their website: https://coventry2021.co.uk
Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.