A city-wide celebration, Coventry Moves was the first major moment of our year as UK City of Culture on Saturday 5 June. Coventry Moves was a playful and engaging introduction to Coventry, its stories and its people, an opportunity for every home in Coventry to be part of our year as UK City of Culture.
The day-long celebration told the story of Coventry’s pioneering identity and how it continues to shape its future and give voice to the many people that call the city their home. Coventry Moves was a day of moments and shared experiences, designed to be enjoyed from home online, on the radio and on your timeline.
The creative team behind Coventry Moves are; Justine Themen, Director; Ruby Pugh, Designer; Mydd Pharo, Wildworks, Visual Dramaturg; Jenni Jackson, Movement Director; Benjamin Burrell, Music Director; Dan Jones Music composition of Coventry Moves Together. The team also includes five Creative Associates - Hannah Beck, Sebbie Mudhai, Marius Mates, Sibongile Mkoba and Hazel Mcintosh – who were originally involved in the Young Creatives Programme and will be mentored throughout the delivery process.
As part of the Coventry Moves celebrations pupils were asked to design flags and banners in the cut-out style of Henri Matisse, responding to the six major themes of Coventry Moves.
The themes were Sustainability, Social Justice, Innovation, People Power, Youthfulness and Resilience.
Incredibly, over 6000 flags were designed by pupils across the city. Hundreds were selected from the submissions to be woven together as flags above Broadgate, Coventry City Centre as part of the event's design.
You can view all of the submissions below, school by school.
Feeling inspired? If you are a parent, guardian, or school who would like to try your hand at making a flag with your child/class, you can find resources at coventry2021.co.uk/get-involved/resources, you can then create an account on Coventry Digital and submit your flag too, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get set up.