About the Festival

The Festival of Hope is a Coventry community arts festival exploring the theme of hope in a post-pandemic world.
The story

Hope in the darkness

During our City of Culture year, we organised the Festival of Hope, a Coventry-based celebration of creativity. After we have lived through a strange time, this was the moment to inject some positive energy into the world. We were therefore encouraging artists to express hope - hope for our personal lives, our city, our nation and our world. It was led by a group of volunteers convened by academic Orane Onyepke and community leader David Sutcliffe.


The Knife Angel


Alfie Bradley and the the British Ironworks Centre

Incorporating over 100,000 surrendered knives, The Knife Angel was created to highlight knife crime in our communities, it serves as a strong example of the transformative power of art to speak of hope in dark situations.

The first online stage of the festival took place from September 2021, with a curated website to showcase artistic expressions of hope, mainly from local people, but also from people across the world. We curated contributions from painters, illustrators, sculptors, conceptual artists, photographers, story-tellers, poets, writers, craftspeople, dancers, singers, instrumentalists, bands, songwriters, composers and more. Students, amateur and professional artists were all invited to submit their work.

In addition to the online exhibition, there was a series of events throughout 2021/22 alongside the Coventry City of Culture year. These included things like poetry evenings, holiday clubs, dancing or craft workshops, public exhibitions and more. Check out our events page to see what's on at the Festival of Hope.

Our Curators

We're grateful to our team of talented curators who meet periodically to review submissions to the online exhibition of the Festival of Hope.

Get in touch

If you need to get in touch with anyone from the steering group to know more about this initiative contact one of the organisers.

The Festival Team

Festival Chair
Katherine Owen

Steering Group
Jane Chan
Gill Lane
Alison Lawn
Richard Lawn
Sarah Mount
Orane Onyepke
Noah Mitchell
David Sutcliffe