Coventry it is

Coventry has been chosen to be the next UK City of Culture, in succession to this year’s choice of Hull.

The West Midlands city beat Swansea, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland to the title and will hope to emulate Hull’s success whose economy has been boosted by an estimated £60m this year, and which has seen more than £1bn in investment since it was chosen four years ago.

Coventry took devastating bomb damage in the Second World War, and took another serious blow a generation later with the collapse of its motor industry.

But it boasts the Warwick Arts Centre, the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery and the Belgrade Theatre, where the Theatre in Education movement was started in 1985.

"This is a win for Coventry, a win for young people and a win for diversity" said Laura McMillan, manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust. "It's been a bid by and for the people of Coventry. It has brought so many people and organisations together and this is just the start."


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