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Uni backs Godiva Festival

Published Tuesday, 13 June 2017

It’s just over three weeks to the Godiva Festival, and this year Coventry University is proud to be sponsoring the three day family event.

The University is the headline sponsor for this year’s Festival, which is now in its 19th year and is the biggest free family musical festival in the UK.

It continues a proud artistic heritage for the University, which is committed to developing new creative talent. Honorary graduate and founding member of Black Sabbath Tony Iommi is a visiting professor of music, and the annual degree show – where art, design and performing arts students publicly exhibit their work – is currently underway.

Along with the University of Warwick and the Council, Coventry University is also a key member of the consortium bidding to make its hometown the UK’s next City of Culture in 2021.

John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “We’re passionate about the arts and the city and we know how well-loved the Coventry Godiva Festival is within the city and beyond. It’s a highlight of Coventry’s cultural calendar so we are delighted to give our support to the event.

“The festival provides a great opportunity for people in the city and the surrounding area to see leading artists performing live on their doorstep for free. It also provides a great boost to the local economy. Moreover, it’s helped to enhance our cultural reputation and that’s really important; never more so than this year when Coventry is making a bid for the City of Culture title.”

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Events, is delighted with the link-up.

He said: “We have a long history of working in partnership with Coventry University and this deal strengthens that further.

“To have them on board makes a significant difference to our ability to deliver another great event for the city which we know remains a highlight in the calendar, not just in Coventry but right across the wider region. 

“Securing sponsorship for the Coventry Godiva Festival was something we have been looking to achieve as the income it will generate will help to offset the financial cost of this wonderful and popular event at a time of considerable wider challenges we face as a Council.”

The Festival runs from 7-9 July in the War Memorial Park and this year’s line-up includes The Stranglers, The Darkness, Kate Nash and Example and DJ Wire, alongside the usual mix of street theatre, food stalls, a funfair, market stands and family-friendly activities.

For more information, visit Details of the Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture bid are available at at

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