Coventry Peace Festival 2020 launched

Published Tuesday, 03 November 2020

As part of Coventry’s ongoing promotion of peace, tolerance and friendship around the world, the city is once again hosting the annual Coventry Peace Festival.

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This year’s theme is ‘Coventry’s Message of Peace to the World’ and the festival runs until the 16 November. 

The programme of events for this year’s Coventry Peace Festival has now been finalised and is as diverse as ever with local community groups offering different, unique events.

2020 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Blitz in Coventry and as a result many of the Peace Festival events are heavily influenced by this. The programme is also heavily impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 situation and as a result many of the events will be taking place virtually. 

Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Remembrance Day Service, like many events in this year’s programme, will be delivered online. The Council has partnered with BBC CWR to create a pre-recorded event that will be streamed live on BBC CWR and the Council’s website on Sunday 8 November. Further details of this can be found at https://www.coventry.gov.uk/news/article/3553/remembrance_sunday_2020_plans_announced 

The Lord Mayor’s Annual Peace Lecture will also be heading online and will be streamed live on the 12 November on the Coventry Cathedral website. It’s being delivered by Professor Sir David King, the former scientific advisor to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.   

The full programme of events can be found at www.Coventry.gov.uk/peace.  

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas, said “Once again, Coventry will celebrate its recognition as a city famous for being a leading city of peace and reconciliation with our Peace Festival.”  

“Now, more than ever, the world needs to focus on peace, love, compassion and understanding. Communities in Coventry have shown how many different faiths, cultures and languages can live together, support each other through difficult times and now have a chance to highlight the ongoing work for peace constantly taking place in the city.”  

“Due to the ongoing challenges we all face with COVID-19, this year’s programme does reflect the need for us all to host safe, well managed events and ensure everybody taking part can do so in an appropriate environment. I’m delighted with how many of our community groups have risen to this challenge and are hosting creative and safe activities. 

“It’s a fantastic programme full of fascinating and interesting content. I hope that everyone takes the time out of their day to take part in this festival that makes our city so special” 

All events will run in line with local and national government guidelines at the time of the festival.  

Please be aware that events may have to be cancelled at short notice. Please see www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus for current COVID-19 details. 

Coventry City Council