“We knew we had put together a very strong bid, but we were up against some excellent competition and I’d like to thank and congratulate all those who have helped to show what a wonderful City of Culture we will be.
The announcement was made by Arts Minister John Glen live on ’s The One Show from Hull, winner of the 2017 competition.
“I can only imagine what’s to come over the next four years as we build on that.
An artist-led festival called ‘Moments of Silence’ will create moments of silence and beauty and reflect on the city’s 700-year-old Carthusian monastery Charterhouse and play on the myth of being ‘Sent to Coventry’.
Coventry City Council leader George Duggins said: “I am delighted we have been named UK City of Culture 2021 – it’s the Christmas present we were all hoping for and it means so much for our city.
“I am so proud of everyone involved and now we are determined to put on the greatest show that Coventry has ever seen.”