Coventry Welcomes is a major celebration of the people of Coventry, which takes place at the same time as the national Refugee Week initiative led by Counterpoints Arts. It has been created with over 30 partner organisations across the city including Positive Images Festival, Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG), Coventry Refugee & Migration Centre (CRMC) and Counterpoints Arts.

No Direction Home - In association with Counterpoints Arts (Comedy)

Mon 14 June at The Box, FarGo Village

A comedy night created by Camden People’s Theatre, Counterpoints Arts, and award-winning comedian Tom Parry, which offers support to aspiring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The event will be hosted by Coventry-born comedian Stella Graham, supported by Yuriko Kontani, Edin Suljic, Yasmin Moradi and headlined by Shappi Korsandi, one of the country’s finest comedians.  

Still We Rise Podcast Live Episodes 11 & 12 (Podcast)

Tue 15 & Thu 17 June at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum 

Coventry Asylum & Refugee Action Group (CARAG) 

Join us as our podcast, Still We Rise, is recorded in conversation with special guests in front of a small live audience. Over two nights, we will be in conversation with people at the front line of UK immigration policy.  

Nanjing – Performing Forgiveness (Theatre)

Wed 16 June at Coventry Cathedral 

Coventry University with Jude Christian  

Coventry-born writer and director Jude Christian’s acclaimed play Nanjing explores themes of identity, displacement and conflict in a personal response to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. It has been reconceived for 2021 as a piece of digital theatre with integral discussion. 

Presented by Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and Tamara Moore. Developed with support from Ovalhouse and created for NOW Festival at The Yard Theatre. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 


Putting the Flags Out for Coventry Welcomes (Workshops)         

Positive Images Festival with Chrysalis Craft & Hillz FM  

Wed 16 & Thu 17 June at WATCH Centre


A fun session for children and young people making decorative flag bunting and exploring different cultures.

Inini & CARAG Zine launch 

Fri 18 June at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Inini and Coventry Asylum & Refugee Action Group (CARAG)

Inini and CARAG support people seeking sanctuary in Coventry to tackle the challenges they face while trying to integrate into their communities. At this event, they will launch their new Zine, made up of articles wholly produced by artists seeking or who have sought sanctuary in Coventry including illustrator Majid Adin (Rocket Man, Hamid & Shakespeare).

The Bundle (Theatre)

Sat 19 June at St Peter’s Centre

Journeymen Theatre with Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre 

Based closely on the story of a real woman and her three young children, The Bundle theatre show follows Adilah’s domestic persecution and denial of human rights in Chechnya, her abduction and eventual fleeing to the UK, and her experiences of the hostile environment policy on arrival.

REWIND (Theatre)

Sat 19 June at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry

University of Warwick with Ephemeral Ensemble and Belgrade Theatre Coventry 

Ephemeral Ensemble presents the universe of Forensic Anthropology, the study of human remains to discover how and when a person dies. Adapted from fact-based stories of resistance into a physical theatre performance, inspired by testimonies from refugees whose lives were affected by dictatorship in Latin America in the 1970s.

Presented as part of the University of Warwick’s Resonate Festival with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, proud to be a Theatre of Sanctuary. 

Can You Hear Me, Now? (Outdoor arts)

Sun 20 June at Swanswell Park

Stand and Be Counted, in partnership with Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre. Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust  

Can You Hear Me, Now? is a celebratory, large-scale outdoor performance. It will be an immersive and joyous experience, made with and for the people of Coventry. Expect live music, dance, spoken word, storytelling and spectacle.

Stand and Be Counted, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, have been working with people seeking sanctuary in the City to create an urgent response to what it feels like to be silenced and how society can and must learn to listen. Supported by Arts Council England and Spirit of 2012. 

I am Kalam (PG): An evening of film, food and talk (Film)

Sahyadri Friends & Screening Rights 

Sun 20 June at the Cheylesmore Community Centre

Screening of the acclaimed film I am Kalam (Nila Madhab Panda, 2011) which tells the story of a young boy inspired by the life of India's president at the time to beat the odds of poverty.  

She Cannot Walk Alone

Laura Nyehuye & Maokwo

Sun 20 June online

7 -8.30pm

Coventry is reclaiming its streets. This event turns the spotlight on the streets of Coventry and what they look like through the lenses of a woman seeking refuge /a refugee/ an asylum seeker. How do we walk with her? #lAmHer #SheCannotWalkAlone 

No Direction Home: Coventry Showcase (Comedy)

In association with Counterpoints Arts, Tom Parry, & Stella Graham

Fri 25, Sat 26, & Sun 27 June 

No Direction Home is a pioneering festival featuring stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds, mentored by award winning comedian Tom Parry (Pappy’s; Badults; The Lost Disc) and Coventry Comedian Stella Graham. Professional comedians will be joining the group each night to deliver an unforgettable night of comedy. Headliners include Fatiha El-Ghorri (25 June), Rosie Jones (26 June), Nish Kumar (27 June).

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Lee Corden, Advent Communications, 07734 888129,




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