Peace Festival logo 2022

Coventry’s annual Peace Festival returns this November promoting the city’s ongoing work of peace, tolerance and friendship. The city is well known around the world as a welcoming place and also as the city of peace and reconciliation.

An introduction from the Lord Mayor

Welcome to the 2022 Peace Festival: An event that mirrors the beliefs of our city so well

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2022 Peace Festival. As a proud city of peace and reconciliation, the Festival is such an important part of our calendar. Sadly, this year its message is needed even more than in recent years, with the return of armed conflict to Europe. The Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine has seen men, women and children lose their lives and thousands forced to flee their homes. Coventry has been honoured to give some of them shelter until they can return to their lives, their homes and their loved ones in safety. Our thoughts are with them at this time and always. We have called for a swift end to hostilities and a return to peace, and by staging this Festival we repeat that call and urge others to add their voices until we are heard.Coventry works for peace throughout the year, here at home and overseas, and the Festival allows everyone in our city to play their part. This year there is again a packed programme of inspiring and thought-provoking events, including Rap for Peace, Planting Peace, the
Multifaith Forum Peace Walk, a celebration of our young people’s Peace Essay Competition, and a Concert for Remembrance at our beautiful cathedral. The Festival also, of course, covers the annual events that mean so much to us all – the Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade, the Communal Grave Service, the RISING Global Peace Forum, and the Armistice Day Poppy Drop - and I am very much looking forward to the Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture, when we welcome the BBC’s former energy and environment analyst, Roger Harrabin. This year it is 82 years since that fateful night in November when the Blitz devastated our city. From that day we have worked tirelessly for peace and to bring people together in friendship. As we have seen on our television screens, that work is far from over, even after all those years, so please go to as many events as you can and spread the word to family and friends. Help us to unite as a city in our plea for a world free from conflict and aggression.

My best wishes to you all for a peaceful future.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry.

There will be a number of events, taking place from 1 - 14 November. All have the promotion of peace and tolerance at their heart.

Programme of events

Tuesday 1 November

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee Coventry Peace Trail Booklet

Free event

Time: 12pm

Venue: Coventry Tourist Information Office, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee produces the Coventry Peace Trail Booklet. This is the latest edition with 27 sites of peace and reconciliation in the Centre of Coventry. Using your smartphone, this edition has the option of an audio description link to describe the significance and history of each site. The Peace Trail Booklet is free but donations are welcome to support this work

Wednesday 2 November

WATCH Charity: Peace Show on Hillz FM Community Radio

Free event

Time: 9am - 12pm

Venue: Hillz FM Community Radio,

Tune into Hillz FM Community Radio as they host a live Peace Show. The show will invite guests from organisations involved in the delivery of events for this year’s festival to provide listeners with more details.

Visit: HillzFM

Wild Earth: Wheels of Peace

Free event

Time: 10am - 12:30pm

Venue: Wild Earth, Koco Community Resource Centre, The Arches, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3JQ

Wheels of Peace is a creative arts workshop which will embody the 8-shields approach in life skills. The workshop’s aim is to look at how we can orient ourselves in the different aspects of life (represented through directions on a compass) and bring peace within it. The activity is a combination of outdoor and indoor activities.
Info: Email info@wild-earth.org.uk or call 024 7692 0025.

Visit: WildEarth

Peace Ribbon Workshops with Kate Lole

Peace Ribbon Workshops with Kate Lole poster

Free event

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Venue: Coventry Market

As part of Coventry Peace Festival, Sitting Rooms of Culture and Creative Kindness are hosting peace ribbons workshops. We invite you to join and create your own message of peace. All the ribbons we make will be on display at the Coventry Peace Orchard on Sunday 6 November from 1pm - 3pm.

WATCH Charity: Peace Lamps and Salt Clay Doves

Free event

Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Venue: Young Hillz Project, 10-12 Victoria Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV15LZ

Using re-cycled jars, decorated on the inside with transfers, stickers or stencils, we will use battery operated t-light candles to create peace lamps. The activities will also include making salt clay doves using household ingredients. Doves are known as a symbol of peace and this fun and messy activity will get young people discussing the topic.

Visit: HillzFM

Thursday 3 November

Free event

Wild Earth: Planting Peace

Time: 11am - 2pm

Venue: Wild Earth allotment sites at Lake View Allotments

Planting Peace is an outdoor activity that includes a mindfulness session, writing letters of peace and container planting. Pre-booking is essential and the meeting point is by the Gate on Allesley Old Road at 11am. Please ensure that you are suitably dressed for the weather with sensible footwear.
Info: Email: info@wild-earth.org.uk or call 024 7692 0025.

Visit: Wild Earth

Methodist Central Hall: Coventry SACRE

Free event

Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Venue: Methodist Central Hall

Schools are invited to take part in the annual Coventry SACRE Peace Poetry Event. Children will take part in a relaxed poetry workshop with Coventry’s Poet Laureate and will write poems inspired by the topic of peace. Poems can then be shared in the session, allowing the group to reflect on what has been written.

Friday 4 November

FWT - a centre for women: What does Peace means for women in Coventry

Free event

Time: 11am - 12pm

Venue: Online

This women-only online workshop, by FWT staff from Iran, will lead on open discussions about the trauma women are facing in Iran and around the world. We will discuss the are meaning of peace for women, how we can create peace in our lives and how people celebrate the peace around the world.

Visit: FWT

Saturday 5 November

Creative Kindness (10,000 Stars for Coventry): Woven Star Workshop

Free event

Time: 10am - 2pm

Venue: Quaker House

Join us to weave a star towards our target of 10,000 Stars for Coventry. It’s part of a global project to weave one billion stars to end all forms of violence by 2032. All materials and instructions are provided for this craft session.

Email: 10000starsforcoventry@gmail.com

Coventry Multi-faith Forum: Peace Walk 2022 by Coventry Multi-faith Forum

Free event

Time: 10am - 2pm

Venue: Places of worship in Foleshill Area

Join our annual Peace Walk to acknowledge the unity of Coventry. Starting at Ukraine Church on Broad Street, the walk will visit four more places of worship to demonstrate unity and understanding between people of different cultures, faiths and backgrounds.

Visit: Coventry Multi-Faith Forum

Coventry Peace Orchard: Ribbons of Peace

Free event

Time: 12.30pm - 3pm

Venue: Coventry Peace Orchard

An afternoon of dressing the orchard with our ribbons and peace and reconciliation messages. There will be peaceful music from a local artist and activities for families, as well as a peaceful orchard walk.

Visit: Peace Orchard

Sunday 6 November

Coventry Peace Orchard: Ribbons of Peace

Free event

Time: 12.30pm - 3pm

Venue: Coventry Peace Orchard

An afternoon of dressing the orchard with our ribbons and peace and reconciliation messages. There will be peaceful music from a local artist and activities for families, as well as a peaceful orchard walk.

Visit: Peace Orchard

Tuesday 8 November

United Nations Association Coventry Branch: Celebration of Coventry’s International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition 2022

Free event

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Venue: Online

Celebrate the success of the first 3 years of the competition and discuss the competition’s future.

Info: bit.ly/celebrate-peace-essay

Wednesday 9 November

Wild Earth: Wild Earth - Peace Within

Free event

Time: 10am - 12pm

Venue: St Barbara’s Church, Coventry

This session will focus on nature connection, breath work, movement through conscious connection of body and mind through nature based tools and techniques. We will create a space for reflection using strategies inspired by nature to adopt peaceful practices in our everyday life. Wear suitable clothing allowing for exercise and coats for outdoor activities.
Info: info@wild-earth.org.uk or call 024 7692 0025

Visit: Wild Earth

WATCH Charity: Pictures and Poetry of Peace

Free event

Time: 12pm - 3pm

Venue: Young Hillz Project, 10-12 Victoria Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV15LZ

Join this artistic session to create pictures or write messages of peace in different languages. Attendees will be encouraged to take photographs of each other and the creations they have made. These images will be used to create a collage expressing a representation of Coventry as a city of sanctuary, peace and reconciliation.
Email: Kate@hillzfm.net

Visit: HillzFM

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee: Coventry Peace Trail guided walk

Free event

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Venue: Coventry Cathedral Ruins

Coventry Peace Trail - 27 sites that commemorate and witness to Coventry’s peace and reconciliation and help us remember events that have happened in the world that compel us to reconcile. Two members of Coventry Lord Mayor’s peace committee will guide visitors to the trail for an hour. You will be given a free booklet about the trail.

WATCH Charity: Trip to Coventry Cathedral

Free event

Time: 3.30pm - 6:30pm

Venue: WATCH Charity - Young Hillz Project, 10-12 Victoria Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV15LZ

Children and young people will get the chance to visit Coventry Cathedral. 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. There will be the chance to have group discussions and to share stories and experiences.

Email: nadia@hillzfm.net

Visit: Hillz FM

Coventry Cathedral: Action Rayz: Fires Were Started - Film

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm

Venue: Chapter House

To commemorate the Coventry Blitz, Action Rayz bring you this landmark film by legendary director Humphrey Jennings. Set in the heart of the London Blitz the film documents the courage of the men and women fighting fires as bombs dropped around them.

Visit: Coventry Cathedral

HOPE Coventry - Good Neighbours Coventry project: Good Neighbours Coventry information session

Free event

Time: 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Venue: Online

Find out more about what Good Neighbours Coventry does and how you can be involved. Hear about volunteering opportunities and how the project supports older people across Coventry.

Book: tinyurl.com/bookGNCsession

Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November

Rising22 Digital Peace graphic

Coventry University: RISING Peace Festival.

Free event

Venue: Online

Through its various digital media platforms, RISING is provoking dialogue about peace and inspiring academics and practitioners in their work. RISING is keen to meet and discuss with partners the possibility of working together to organise local symposia and to participate in the annual Global Peace Forum

Highlights include:

  • the live videolink interview with Volodymyr Groysman in Ukraine, Ukraine former Prime Minister at 2pm on Wednesday 9 November;
  • the in-person interview with Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, at 5:15pm on Wednesday 9 November;
  • the auction of Ukrainian art in the Cathedral raising money for humanitarian projects in Ukraine at 7pm on Wednesday 9 November
  • the in-person interview with the UK Head of Policy for Twitter Katy Minshall at 11:45am on Thursday 10 November;
  • a talk about the Faith Covenant by Cllr Abdul Salam Khan at 5:30pm on Thursday 10 November;
  • the Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture with Roger Harrabin at 7pm on Thursday 10 Nov, and
  • Lord Peter Hain (ex Northern Ireland Secretary of State) at 11:05am on Friday 11 November.

Wednesday 9 to Monday 21 November

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum: ‘Bombed: A Trilogy’ By Saranjit Birdi

Free event

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: The Herbert

This immersive, combined-arts installation explores bombing, war and conflict resolution. Through a fusion of painting, dance, music, poetry and more, Birdi’s work explores the World War II Blitzes of Coventry, Dresden and Birmingham and their relationship with current events, using testimonies from both British and German Blitz survivors.

Visit: The Herbert

Thursday 10 November

WATCH Charity: Rap for Peace

Free event

Time: 3:30pm - 6pm

Venue: Young Hillz Project, 10-12 Victoria Street, Hillfields,Coventry, CV15LZ

Young Hillz Radio will celebrate the Coventry Peace Festival with a creative writing workshop for children and young people aged 8-18 years. Together we will make a piece of written work (either a rap or poem), which will be recorded and posted on the Young Hillz website and social media platforms.

Visit: Watch Charity

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation: Lord Mayor's Annual Peace Lecture 2022 – 'Can Technology Curb Climate Change?' Guest speaker - Roger Harrabin

Free event

Time: 7pm

Venue: Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation is pleased to announce that BBC’s former energy and environment analyst, Roger Harrabin, will deliver the Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture.

Visit: Coventry Cathedral

Friday 11 November

West Orchards Armistice Day Poppy Drop

Free event

Time: 10:45am

Venue: West Orchards Shopping Centre, Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QX

A brief service will be held to mark the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. This will be concluded with the sounding of the last post at 11am followed by a two minute silence whilst 4000 poppies fall from the dome.

Visit: West Orchards Shopping Centre

Earlsdon Community morning of Peace

Free event

Time: 10am - 12pm

Venue: Earlsdon Primary School

Join us as we open the peace garden at the front of our school to the local community. We will be offering free refreshments, chance to read peace poems written by young people and also the opportunity to paint a peace pebble that will be displayed in the peace garden. Our young people will take the lead on this event.

Visit: Earlsdon Primary

Historic Coventry Trust present: Artist in Residence – James Brunt - Peace in Nature

Free event

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Venue: London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, London Rd, Coventry CV1 2JT

Historic Coventry Trust artist-in-residence James Brunt works to create land sculptures with foraged and found natural objects. The public are invited over one afternoon to co-create a piece of landscape art with James which (weather permitting) will stay in the landscape throughout remembrance weekend. To take part, please arrive to and register at the Anglican Chapel on the day where welfare facilities are also available. Made possible with National Lottery Heritage Fund and Heritage Community Fund in partnership with Coventry City Council. Find out more about the Historic Coventry Trust event.

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee: Coventry Peace Trail guided walk

Free event

Time: 11am - 12pm

Venue: Coventry Cathedral Ruins

Coventry Peace Trail - 27 sites that commemorate and witness to Coventry’s peace and reconciliation and help us remember events that have happened in the world that compel
us to reconcile. Two members of Coventry Lord Mayor’s peace committee will guide visitors to the trail for an hour. Its free and you will be given a free booklet about the trail.

Saturday 12 November

Creative Kindness (10,000 Stars for Coventry): Woven Star Workshop

Free event

Time: 10am - 2pm

Venue: Coventry Peace House

Join us to weave a star towards our target of 10000 Stars for Coventry, part of a global project to weave one billion stars to end all forms of violent by 2032. All materials and instructions provided.

Email: 10000starsforcoventry@gmail.com

Coventry Cathedral: Concert for Remembrance

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Venue: The New Cathedral

A concert for Remembrance, part of the annual Coventry International Peace Festival. In honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams we are proud to perform a selection of his most powerful works for chorus and orchestra including the uplifting excitement of ‘Toward the Unknown Region’ and the intensely powerful and currently appropriate ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’.

Visit: Coventry Cathedral

Sunday 13 November

Coventry City Council: Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade

Free event

Time: 10:45am

Venue: War Memorial Park

The Remembrance Sunday Service commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The service will be led by the Bishop of Coventry at the Cenotaph and is open to the public. It includes a military parade consisting of past, present and future armed forces personnel marching to the Cenotaph.

Coventry City Council: Communal Grave Service

Free event

Time: 3pm

Venue: London Road, CV1 2JT

The service will consist of a short reading, prayers and, a two-minute silence, along with the laying of wreaths and closing prayers to remember civilian lives lost during the First and Second World Wars.

Coventry Cathedral: War Requiem Screening and Conversation with Dan Boyd

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Venue: John Laing Centre

One of Derek Jarman’s finest movies interprets Benjamin Britten’s magnificent setting of poems of Wilfred Owen and the Requiem Mass with a sequence of scenes of World War 1 depicting life and loss. It will be followed by a talk and discussion with the film’s producer, Don Boyd.

Visit: Coventry Cathedral

Monday 14 November

Godiva Trust: Godiva World tree of Peace

Free event

Time: 10:30am - 12pm

Venue: War Memorial Park The Peace Tree in Coventry’s War Memorial Park stands to raise awareness of the continued need for peace in our times. It will be decorated with ribbons with messages of peace in many different languages reflecting our diverse Coventrian communities. Godiva Sisters plus local school children will read poems, with storytellers and live musicians at the event.

Outside festival dates

  • Open until 31 October - Positive Images Peace Festival Poetry Competition 2022 - This is currently running until 31 October. The topic this year is Unsung Heroines & Heroes and the competition is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Coventry and Warwickshire Schools run the under-16s competition in association with Positive Images Festival, using the same topic. The Readings and Awards Event will take place on Saturday 19 November at the Central Hall, anyone can attend this event. Entrants will be able to take part and read their own poems if they wish to as well as hear the winning entries and entrants. Information on the Positive Images website
  • 31 October - Young people’s peace essay competition closing date