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HOME: Art and Homelessness Festival

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8 October 2021 to 16 October 2021 Coventry

Coventry UK City of Culture, working with Arts & Homelessness International and partner organisations in the city, presents HOME: Art and Homelessness Festival, taking place in venues across the city from 8-16 October 2021. The first event of its kind in Coventry, the festival marks a week-long celebration of arts and homelessness projects, coinciding with World Homeless Day on 10 October, co-produced by people who have lived experience of homelessness.

Highlights of this incredibly important festival will include the world premiere of Cardboard Citizen’s electrifying new musical, The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency at the Belgrade Theatre, a co-production with Coventry UK City of Culture; an outdoor photography exhibition, Agency, by acclaimed socially engaged photographer Anthony Luvera, working with local people to create Assisted Self-Portraits; and ART = HOME visual art exhibition, which presents artwork by local and international artists, all with current or previous lived experience of homelessness.

Councillor David Welsh, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “We are always looking at different ways to engage with rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness and improve the service we and our partners provide. The Art and Homelessness Festival is one way we can explore where we are and the challenges we face as a city, and that is why it is so important.”

Matt Peacock MBE, Arts & Homelessness International, says: ‘We are excited for the world to see the incredible skills and achievements of artists and creatives who are or have been homeless from Coventry. And also to show how the Home Festival is part of an ambitious city-wide approach to unite behind the arts as a powerful tool to enable people to thrive not just survive’.

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