The message of peace is a particularly poignant one this year, as we mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.
As part of Coventry’s ongoing promotion of peace, tolerance and friendship around the world, the city is hosting the annual Coventry Peace Festival.
The two-week celebration, at the beginning of November, will involving a broad range of groups offering an equally diverse programme of events.
This festival is a chance for the many faiths, cultures and communities that flourish within Coventry to get together and highlight all the work that is ongoing and to hold special events to spread the word.
The Lord Mayor’s Annual Peace Lecture on Tuesday 13 November brings award-winning journalist and broadcaster Professor Yasmin Alibhan-Brown as guest speaker.
Coventry Cathedral will host a performance of its signature work, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Brighton Festival Chorus and Coventry Cathedral Choristers.
Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader, Coventry City Council, said: “Local people and groups promote peace and understanding all year round in Coventry, and the annual Peace Festival helps to highlight the city’s commitment to this.
“Hopefully it will inspire others to engage and celebrate this ongoing work. Events include workshops, talks, music and arts projects and larger concerts and the Remembrance Sunday service and parade.
“Many people put a lot of time and effort into the festival and it is great to see there are so many things to take part in.
“I am sure festival visitors will be able to find something in the programme of interest and people take the opportunity to find out more about the importance of bringing communities together.”
A wide variety of groups will be hosting events across the festival with most being FREE to participate in. There will be music events, concerts, exhibitions, crafts workshops, arts programmes, weaving, song, discussion and debate and activities for all ages, races and religions to take part and enjoy.
People can pick up a leaflet from the Central Library, any local library or the Council House for the full programme of events. More detailed and updated information can also be found at www.coventry.gov.uk/peace