Giant 'Peace Poem' launches Coventry human rights celebrations

The City of Culture Trust's first campaign since winning its bid for UK City of Culture 2021 celebrates human rights 70 years since the signing of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, including a 14ft mobile illuminated poem which tours the city.

#HumansOfCov highlights human rights across the city - from heroes and activists to the every day - and how it has changed the world we live in. The centrepiece, Paper Peace by artist Robert Montgomery, will be accompanied by activities to encourage conversation around human rights. The Peace Poem, developed by Emergency Exit Arts and supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery, will gather pledges, poems of peace and stories as it travels to be gathered into a National Peace Archive.

Developed by Coventry City of Culture Trust as part of their programme for their next 12 months, the Trust has also become a commissioning partner with several London theatres and developed a new flag celebrating human rights.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director for Coventry City of CUlture Trust, said: "#HumansOfCov is our response to the 70th anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights and will be the start of a year-long campaign, which will see us work across our communities and with a range of artists as we develop our plans for 2021 and beyond."

Councillor George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council, said: “Coventry has an international reputation as a city of peace and reconciliation and throughout its history has been called home by a wide and diverse mix of people."

"I’m sure the mobile, illuminated peace poem touring the city will prove to be thought-provoking and start discussions about issues that many of us take for granted.”

Creative Director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, Chenine Bhathena, in front of Paper Peace. / Image: Coventry City of Culture Trust


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