Coventry City of Culture Trust is calling for local arts organisations to put themselves forward to contribute to the Youthful Cities programme, which will see Coventry forge connections with four international cities to explore the theme of youthfulness.

The organisations will each work with five young people from Coventry and five young people in each of the international partner cities; Detroit, Beirut, Bogota and Nairobi, to create a cultural exchange, to enable young people to get involved in civic change, using their creativity to change the world.

Our Place at the Table
Credit: Dylan Parrin

The exchanges will culminate in a three-day International Summit led by the cohort of young people, that will take place in Coventry during the UK City of Culture year from May 2021 to May 2022.

Each exchange may explore major global themes of our day, such as the environment, homelessness and equality. Young people will be encouraged to use music, arts, spoken word and digital creativity to explore these big issues.

Applications are now open for the exchanges with Bogata, Detroit and Beirut. The Trust is looking for organisations that can demonstrate a track record in street art, music or storytelling, and are committed to giving a voice to young people

Online workshops will be held on 5th and 12th October for those who want to find out more. The applications process closes on 23rd October.
You can find out how to apply at

Main Image: Credit – Nicola Young

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