Coventry's year as UK City of Culture is well underway, with the city transforming into a hub of amazing events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle.

With so many things to see and do across the city, we have rounded up our top ten picks to check out across the month of July.

For full listings of what's happening across Coventry for July and beyond, visit coventry2021.co.uk


RADFORD BUBBLES
WHEN:
Thurs 8 - Sat 24 July WHERE: Jubilee Crescent Community Centre, Coventry, CV6 3EX
TICKETS: Free at coventry2021.theticketfactory.com/tickets/events/radford-bubbles

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 invite you and your support bubble to appear in a new exhibition showing a snapshot of Radford life during the pandemic.

Portrait photographer Fran Monks will lead a group of local photographers to capture group photos of you and your bubble in a purpose-built studio inside Jubilee Crescent Community Centre created by local designer Ella Clarke.

The photos will be yours to keep as a digital copy for free and may feature in the upcoming Radford Bubbles exhibition, creating memories for the future.

To book a free photo session for you and your support bubble, click our link above.

Alternatively, you can book in person at Jubilee Crescent Community Centre or call 02476 596 790 (line open Mon-Thu, 9:30am-3pm).

Times: Thursdays (3pm – 7pm) and Saturdays (10am – 1pm)


ROAM + DWELL
WHEN: 
Fri 9 July - Fri 27 August WHERE: Coventry Canal Basin, 10a St Nicholas St, CV1 4LY
TICKETS: Free (no ticket required)

Ludic Rooms invites you to come and spend time at Coventry Canal Basin, every Friday afternoon until Friday 27th August 2.00-6.00pm as part of the Random String Canal Network(ed) programme.

The free weekly sessions, called Roam + Dwell take place at the Canal Basin itself from 2.00-6.00pm, they’ll be sharing all kinds of works in progress of the five Future Folk artistic commissions, invitations to play, make and explore things afloat. There’ll also be food and drink, and free wi-fi!

They will also be offering takeaway inspiration to do in your own time and space if you prefer. Alternatively, you are welcome to come and get comfortable working and playing alongside others again.

These are easy-going drop in events for all ages and there’s no need to book a place, although we may have to limit numbers at busy times, in line with COVID restrictions at the time.


NO COLOUR NO CONTRAST: EXHIBITION
WHEN: 
Tues 13 - Sun 25 July WHERE: Blue Door Gallery, Unit 10, Kensington Court, Earlsdon, CV5 6GG
TICKETS: Free (no ticket required)

This is a new project by Coventry-based textile artist Theo Wright.

It explores the use of colour and contrast to produce textile designs using the moiré weaving technique.

Contrasting lines and curves have been woven into the structure of the fabric to create textiles with complex superimposed patterns.

All the textiles have been handwoven in linen on a 16-shaft dobby loom.

The No Colour No Contrast exhibition shows the design and development process alongside finished textiles from the project. It also includes a selection of earlier work by the artist and handwoven scarves for sale.


SMALL BELLS RING
WHEN: 
Sat 17 July - Sun 12 September WHERE: Along the Coventry Canal - Activities stop Hawkesbury Junction (Sutton stop) CV6 6DF; Bridge 4, Stoney Stanton Rad CV6 5DR and Coventry Canal Basin CV1 4LY (Check individual event listings for location details)
TICKETS: Free at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/small-bells-ring-complete-programme

Small Bells Ring invites you to hop aboard the RV Furor Scribendi, a floating library crammed full of short stories.

This fully-functioning narrow boat (and the UK’s largest collection of short stories) will be mooring at three locations along the Coventry Canal on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Small Bells Ring is a Studio Morison project, co-commissioned with Super Slow Way in collaboration with Coventry Libraries & Lancashire Libraries supported by Canal & River Trust, BBC CWR  & Coventry City Council.


CHOIR OF MAN
WHEN: Until Sat 31 July WHERE: Coventry Assembly Festival Garden: The Queen of Flanders, Little Park Street, CV1 2UR
TICKETS: From £15 at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/choir-of-man


The Runaway global hit show from the creative minds of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay. Imagine the most incredible pub gig you've been to, then multiply it by ten, and you'll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout.

Featuring pub tunes, folk, rock and Broadway numbers with world-class tappers, singers and multi-instrumentalists for a joyous and uplifting show for all ages. A real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the action!


CIRCOLOMBIA
WHEN: 
Until Sat 31 July WHERE: Coventry Assembly Festival Garden: The Queen of Flanders, Little Park Street, CV1 2UR
TICKETS: From £15 at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/circolombia


Fresh from Bogotá, one of the world's leading circus companies brings you extraordinary feats and seamless acts, all performed with breathtaking skill.

This stunning show will transport you to the streets of Colombia's capital city in a succession of snapshots of actions and reactions, dreams and wills, courage and risks. Let the power and momentum of this renowned female-led show sweep you away.

Age 5+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


THE HANDLEBARDS: MACBETH
WHEN: Thurs 22 July WHERE: Coventry Cathedral Ruins, Priory St, CV1 5RN
TICKETS: Adult £18, Under 18s £11 and Under 10s free at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/the-handlebards-macbeth

As part of a 1500-mile cycle tour across the UK, where the cast are carrying all of their set, props and costumes on the back of their bikes, join The HandleBards all-female troupe in the Coventry Cathedral ruins for a bicycle-powered, farcical production of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

Forget the tears and tragedy – this is a frantic, delirious, full-of-beans show like you’ve never seen before.

This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!


CREATIVE EUROPE: CELEBRATION
WHEN: Sat 24 July WHERE: Coventry Canal Basin, 10a St Nicholas St, CV1 4LY
TICKETS: Free at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/creative-europe-celebration

A fun, informal afternoon of procession, storytelling and music presented by Walk the Plank and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. 

See an outdoor performance that has been put together from scratch in a single week. It comes from the imaginations of a group of international artists, together with local families, through the Creative Europe programme.

If you don’t manage to get a ticket, that’s okay - walk ups are encouraged on the day.


ROUNDABOUT: BLACK LOVE
WHEN: Wed 28 July - Sun 8 August WHERE: Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, Winston Avenue, CV2 1EA
TICKETS: From £10 at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/roundabout-black-love

Introducing Roundabout’s first-ever musical.

Love freely. Love freedom. Love.

Meet Aurora and Orion: Sister and Brother. Constellations in time. More than blood. More than just fam.

They look after each other in their small London flat, filled with the memories of their parents’ Black Love.

When that love is threatened, they have to find their way back to each other and to what it means to love whilst Black. Using real-life stories, imagined worlds and new songs inspired by an R&B heritage, they begin a  journey to confronting their own worst fears.

Black Love is an explosion of form-busting storytelling, an ode to Black music, and those real stories we rarely hear.


FRISKY & MANNISH: POPLAB
WHEN: Fri 30 July - Sat 7 August WHERE: Coventry Assembly Festival Garden: The Queen of Flanders, Little Park Street, CV1 2UR
TICKETS: From £14 at coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/frisky-mannish-poplab

BBC Radio 1 regulars and stars of BBC2, BBC3 and ITV, and shameless Edinburgh Fringe sell-outs.

Ten years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever.

For the first time, you are invited into their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious virus sweeping through the pop world?