Date(s) - 01/11/2021 - 14/11/2021
Coventry Peace Festival is an annual celebration of the city’s place as the UK’s only city of Peace and Reconciliation. It will take place during the first two weeks of November.
The programme is shown below.
Coventry Peace Award Prizes Date: 1 November 2021
Location: Various schools in Coventry
Presentation of certificates, window clings and trophies by Coventry Lord Mayor to schools winning Coventry Peace Award. Schools register and submit evidence of their work at https://coventrypeaceaward.uk/
Peace and Climate Pledge Posters Date: 1 November 2021
Location: Various churches, schools, community centres etc around Coventry
Produce posters showing a tree and leaves which can be attached containing people’s pledges for actions to promote peace and reduce their carbon footprints. People will be able to order their posters from https://covcan.uk/ and be encouraged to send photos of their pledges to be published there. The posters will be placed in churches, schools, businesses, community centres and other locations around Coventry. These locations will be contacted via email and by direct visits and offered free posters. They will be asked to encourage their members to complete them. In addition, organisations will be able to order posters from our website.
People will write their pledge on the poster and be encouraged to photograph their pledge and send to social media. We will produce press releases publicising this campaign and send to local and national media.
Peace Wheels. Date: 2 November 2021
Location: Wild Earth at Koco Community Resource Centre, The Arches, Spon End, Coventry CV1 3JQ. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Set your intentions of peace with mindful creations of weaving peace wheels. A morning of creativity and colour to create peace wheels that you take home and install as a wall hanging. Akin to the wheel of seasons, we will create colourful wheels that is personal to you. We will introduce you to the 8-shield approach that builds peace and resilience. Coffee, cake, creativity and conversations from 10am – 12:30pm on Tuesday, 2 November 2021.
Website: www.wild-earth.org.uk. Pre-booking essential as spaces are limited.
Planting Peace. Date: 3 November 2021.
Location: Wild Earth Allotment
Website: www.wild-earth.org.uk Contact: email@example.com Planting Peace is an event based at our Wild Earth allotment and is about setting intentions of peace by planting spring bulbs in the land or in containers (to take home with you.) Participants will be given activity packs to document their feelings and observations over winter through spring, when the first bulbs open. The event will begin with nature connection activities – sit spots, followed by gardening activity and refreshments thereafter. We will share stories by a fire and reflect on how we can realise our intentions in Spring when the bulbs bloom. Pre-booking essential.
Peace lamps and salt clay doves Date: 4 November 2021
Location: HillzFM – WATCH Ltd
Website: www.hillzfm.co.uk / www.watchcharity.org.uk
The activity will involve using re-cycled jars, decorated on the inside with transfers, stickers or stencils, symbols of Peace and using battery-operated T-light candles, to create a Peace lamp, a representation of Light being the symbol of hope, new beginnings and a festival of celebration in many cultures. The activities will also include making salt clay doves using household ingredients. Doves have always been a symbol of peace and this fun and messy activity will get young people discussing the topic. Contact Aga on 07788 976823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website address: www.hillzfm.co.uk
Peace lamps, Art and Craft workshop (young people 8-18 yrs) Date: 4 November 2021
Location: WATCH Charity Ltd
Website: www.hillzfm.co.uk / www.watchcharity.org.uk
This art and craft workshop will show you how to make a Peace Lamp, using items that you would normally throw away. Recycle and create a piece of art, a lamp, from an old jar that when decorated can be displayed or hung in your home. Once you know how, you will want to make more, give them to your friends and family. We will also making salt clay doves using household ingredients. For more details contact Aga on 07955 741932 or email email@example.com. Website address: www.hillzfm.co.uk
Peace under the trees. Date: 5 November 2021
Location: Memorial Park or Priory Gardens. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday November 5 at 11am Godiva and her Godiva Sisters will place handwritten messages on red silk ribbons, white paper doves and poppy garlands upon a young fir tree. The world tree of peace will stand witness for Coventry being a city of Peace and Reconciliation. People will be able to add their messages in person or on social media as the lockdown will permit people to take exercise in the park it will be a special message of hope and remembrance to all those who pass by, and hear poems of peace in different languages.
Our aim is that the public will give the opportunity to reflect and contemplate whilst in the presence of the world peace tree with over 30 different languages it will promote world peace, environment and peace building.
Willenhall remembers. Date: 5 December 2021
Location: Willenhall village green Website: www.willenhallcommunityforum.com
Remembrance service – in the heart of the community, a place where all come together, young and mature, able-bodied and those with disabilities – all with the same focus, to remember those who gave us so much and are no longer here. Service is delivered by the local church, community members are welcomed to speak, and local primary schools are always invited to place poppies, crosses and Doves with personal pledges. everyone is then is encouraged to share stories over refreshments at the Hagard.
Coventry City Centre Peace Trail Tour. Date: 8 November 2021
Location: Various locations Website:
Record audio and video of Lord Mayor being guided around Coventry Peace Trail by members of Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee. Edit these recordings and publish on the website.
Visit Coventry Cathedral. Date: 10 November 2021
Location: Coventry Cathedral
Website: www.hillzfm.co.uk / www.watchcharity.org.uk
We plan to take a small number of young people to visit Coventry Cathedral to explore the history of Coventry and learn about the Blitz. This will be a youth-led activity, with young people planning the budget, researching the history and delivering the information during the tour. Participants will be encouraged to do some online research about the Cathedral including facts about how it and Coventry was “Blitzed” during World War II. This will give an insight into the old and new Cathedral, the Blitz, and the negative effects of war in an informal and interactive way.
Peace of mind. Date: 10 November 2021
Location: W.A.T.C.H centre, 12 Victoria Street, CV1 5LZ
Exploring “Peace of mind” through art/craft and word as mindfulness. A women’s only session engaging with women from B.A.M.E communities, refugee status and diverse cultural backgrounds. Using art/craft and creative writing to express what peace means to them now residing in Coventry city of peace and reconciliation. Also the use of art in its various forms to promote better mental health and overall well-being. Culminating in an online exhibition of creative art and spoken word pieces.
social media and websites Create to Motivate, www.positiveimagesfestival.co.uk, watchcharity.org.uk
Rap for Peace Date: 11 November 2021
Location: HIillz Young People’s Project – at WATCH Charity Hillfields
Young Hillz radio celebrates Coventry Peace Festival with a creative writing workshop for children and young people aged 8-18. Together we will make a piece of written work (either a rap or poem), which will be recorded and posted on our website.
Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture Date: 11 November 2021.
Location: Coventry Cathedral part of the RISING festival
The Lord Mayor invites high profile speakers to deliver a lecture every November. Professor Sir David King is uniquely qualified to give an authoritative insight into the threat to peace created by the dramatic changes currently taking place in the world’s climate due to human activity. He was Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s chief scientific adviser and served as the permanent Special Representative for Climate Change under David Cameron and Theresa May. He will no doubt address major questions about what governments and their citizens need to do to deal with what is probably the greatest threat to world peace.
Earlsdon Community Peace Day Date: 11 December 2021
Location: Earlsdon Primary School
We would like to have a community peace day in our school peace garden. This is located at the front of our school and we already have a peace pole installed. We would like to welcome people from our local community to enjoy time in our peace garden and to add their message of peace to a community peace book which would then be on display in Earlsdon library. We would like to give visitors a painted peace pebble to take away to remind them of the peace in our garden. Our young peace leaders in school would like to run this community event. They would also like the opportunity to share their peace poems with visitors to the garden.
International Peace Essay Competition Date: 14 November 2021
Location: Online. Contact: email@example.com
The event consists of the announcement of winners of the International Peace Essay Competition. Judges and winners will be invited to comment on the winning essays. Rules and information about the competition.
Peace Festival Poetry Competition Faith, Hope and Love Date: 20 November 2021
Location: Methodist Central Hall, City Centre
The Peace Festival Poetry Competition 2021 is an adult poetry competition for the Peace Festival for adults (the young people’s version is run by Coventry and Warwickshire Education Departments) The theme is Faith, Hope and Love and the competition asks for a maximum of three entries per person on this theme. The competition runs from 1 to 31 October and is judged by a panel of three poets, led by Emilie Lauren Jones, Coventry’s Poet Laureate. A Readings and Awards Event will take place at the Central Hall 1pm – 4pm Saturday 20 November.
Coventry Schools’ Peace Showcase Date: 26 November 2021
Location: Online only Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to invite all schools to a Peace Festival Showcase event at Coventry Cathedral. The aim of this event is to share best practice linked to peace and reconciliation taking place in Coventry schools. There will be a videoconference with a Hiroshima Survivor that has been arranged through the Hiroshima Peace Museum.