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The Resonate Festival

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May 2021 - 'Invention'

Coventry is a city of ideas and invention; a lab, a workshop, a crucible of ideas; we make things – and make things happen. Together we are creative and inventive; building a positive, sustainable, inclusive future.

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June 2021 - 'Sanctuary'

What does it mean to provide sanctuary? How does it feel to need sanctuary? We highlight the importance of sanctuary as a concept, tell its histories, and contribute to policies for its future. We work collaboratively with those who give and receive sanctuary. This month, we will explore the importance of Sanctuary for us all.

Key Events

Working with Coventry Welcomes, we have talks, film screenings, exhibitions, theatre and arts workshops. Our month of Sanctuary is curated by the Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network.

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July 2021 - 'Community'

What does it mean to be part of a community or neighbourhood? How can universities work with their local communities? This month we focus questions such as ‘What do communities need to grow and thrive?’, ‘What does being a good neighbour entail?”, and ‘How can communities work and play together?’

Key events

Led by the Community Engagement team, July will focus on our Spirit of 2012 funded project in Canley

*Please note - many of our Community events have been postponed to September*

August 2021 - 'Freedom'

Freedom is everything to us at Warwick. Freedom of speech and freedom of ideas are critical to us, as are the issue of civil liberties, and the freedoms brought about by protest and civil unrest. Freedom to experiment brings about change and innovation. This month, together we’ll explore freedom - and how it feels to be regaining our freedoms...

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September 2021 - 'Words and Voices'

This month we’ll focus on the power of words: spoken, written and sung. We’ll celebrate the 120+ languages spoken in our city and work with our multilingual communities. We’ll explore how we can write, speak and sing together – as well as listen and read? Where can words, language, song and prayer take us?

Key events

'Roadshow 3 - '(curated by the Connecting Cultures GRP)

- in collaboration with local groups, artists and writers, will focus on Poetry, Life Stories, and Language

October 2021 - 'Futures'

Imagine the future: what does it feel like? What does it look or sound like? How can we bring this future into being? How do we work together to create a positive future. Who will be the new leaders, the creatives, the thinkers, the engineers of this new world and how can we give them the tools they need to succeed?

Key events

The Apocalypse is now - Futures Film Festival at Warwick Arts Centre

Roadshow 4: Futures (curated by CIM) – sessions and activities asking what does the future sound like?

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November 2021 - 'Coventry in the World'

Coventry is a city which is enriched by the diverse communities that have made their home here. At Warwick, we have staff and students from all over the world and our research reaches all around the globe too. This month we will bring the world to Coventry, and take Coventry out to the world.

Key events

ESRC Festival of Social Science

Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

Screening Rights Film Festival

Warwick Arts Centre – collaboration with Change Festival and ‘Feelings of Freedom’ weekend

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November and December 2021 - 'Feast!'

This month’s theme draws on the origins of the word feast and its Latin root, festa, meaning ‘holidays or feasts’ from festus: festive, joyful, or merry. We will explore celebrations of all kinds and all faiths this month as well as reflecting on the research that we do into food, from food cultures around the world to food security, food scarcity and the future of food.

Key events

Roadshow 5: Feast! (curated by the Food GRP)

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January 2022 - 'Being Human'

What does it mean to ‘be human’? How do we understand humanity (and its limits). What aspects of humanity should we cling to and what should we let go of. What scientific discoveries have broadened or changed our understanding of humanity? And what are the limits of focusing on the human: how might we imagine a world beyond the human?

Key events

Roadshow 6: Being Human (curated by the Behaviour, Brain and Society GRP)

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February 2022 - 'Health'

We have perhaps never been more aware of the need for research into health as we are now, and we search for hope and innovation in health care as never before. In this month we will showcase our collaborations across the city and beyond which strive to improve the health and wellbeing of all. Our events this month will focus on problem solving and working together for a fitter, healthier world.

Key events

Roadshow 7: Health (curated by the Health GRP with involvement from the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing)


March 2022 - 'Amazing Women'

This month we focus on women’s lives, women’s stories, and, particularly, the work of great women who have pushed all areas of our lives forward. We reach out to the female researchers of tomorrow and celebrate women who have made great contributions to the world. We want to raise up women’s voices and showcase the work that women have produced and the things they have made.

Key events

Roadshow 8: Amazing Women (curated by Centre for the Study of Women and Gender)

Alternative Trails: Mapping South Asian Women’s Activism in the City (walking project, led by Centre for Social Change)

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April 2022 - Campus Festival!

Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this later in 2021.