About Assembly Coventry


Back for 2022

We’ve had a fantastic time being part of this year’s City of Culture celebrations in Coventry this summer. We’ve welcomed the best pub gig in town, witnessed spectacular stunts, and brought various exciting artists to the Festival Garden. It’s been magical to have the opportunity to enjoy live performance again whilst safely catching up with friends and family for a drink and a bite to eat.

After an unforgettable summer, we’re delighted that the Festival Garden will be returning to Coventry city centre for an encore from spring 2022.

This summer

Since opening in July 2021, the pop-up space on the site of the former civic centre buildings has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors.

It’s played host to some of the biggest names in music, comedy, circus and more, including the English premiere of Choir of Man, the return of international artists with the spectacular Circolombia, as well as one-off performances from star of The Specials, Neville Staple, Nish Kumar, Rob Beckett and hometown favourite Hazel O’Connor.

The Garden has also been the place to catch some of the summer’s biggest events on the big screen, including the UEFA Men’s European Football Championships final, Ed Sheeran’s exclusive performance at Coventry’s HMV Empire and the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms which saw the city take centre stage in the national television celebrations.

Perennial favourites including Coventry Pride and Motofest called the Garden home this summer in addition to hosting the University’s freshers’ ball.

It’s proved a big hit with locals and visitors alike, with 90% describing their experience as good, very good or excellent and 81% saying the Garden has improved their perception of the city.

We’ve been touched by many of the kind words shared by visitors including:

“The atmosphere generated by the performers was engaging - the audience thoroughly enjoyed the experience... it was a big hit! Made this old Coventrian very proud of his city.”

“A wonderful choice of shows for all ages and interests. I am a wheelchair user and found access very good and the staff very helpful.”

Next year

The Assembly Festival Garden will return to Coventry in spring 2022 with a fresh new programme for locals and visitors to the UK’s City of Culture.

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To find out more about the wider Coventry UK City of Culture programme head to Coventry2021.co.uk.

About Coventry City of Culture 2021

Coventry is the city where movement began, from innovation in the transport industry to a history of activism. Our city has moved people for centuries.

For a whole year, Coventry City of Culture Trust will celebrate the city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle. As well as these big celebrations, the city will show its unexpected side, with more intimate experiences and ways to get involved across every ward.

Coventry City of Culture Trust was established as a charity in February 2016 and was responsible for submitting the city’s success UK City of Culture 2021 bid and is now the delivery body for UK City of Culture events.

Find out more about the Coventry City of Culture Trust.