Six well-known local faces have been revealed as the ‘Energies’ of the city for the Coventry Moves event on June 5.

The signature event of the UK City of Culture will showcase individuals who represent the personality of Coventry – and will help to introduce themes of our year ahead.

The participants are Paralympian Kare Adenegan who will appear as Resilience; charity chief executive Sue Bent, who will represent Social Justice; poet and rapper John Bernard who brings Youthfulness; singer and 2Tone icon Pauline Black who shows Sustainability; singer-songwriter Navin Kundra, an indicator of People Power; and artist Daniel Lismore showing Innovation.

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Coventry Moves aims to tell the story of the city’s pioneering past, present and future.

It’ll kick off at 8.30am and run throughout the day through a major broadcasting partnership with the BBC, online and on social media.



Kare Adenegan is a T34 Wheelchair Athlete and Paralympian
Kare Adenegan is a T34 Wheelchair Athlete and Paralympian

During the event the Energies will perform in live segments for digital content, with Pauline Black performing a new song written for the event at the start of the day.

Resilience will be Kare Adenegan, a T34 Wheelchair Athlete and Paralympian. She’ll be showcasing is the city’s ability to rise up from the challenges that confront it.

Going beyond simply rebuilding homes and roads after the destruction of warfare, instead building back better, creating a template for a better world – a new Cathedral built next to the ruins of the old as a permanent symbol of rebirth; a Utopian vision for a contemporary city.

Social justice is represented by Sue Bent, CEO of Central England Law Centre, a Coventry-based charity that employs solicitors and advisors to provide free, independent advice and representation.



Sue Bent is representing social justice
Sue Bent is representing social justice

The spirit of social justice in dates back to Lady Godiva’s protest against the unjust taxation of the city’s poor, covers the the workers’ movements associated with factories and workshops, and the democratisation movement throughout the globe that came with the mass-production bicycles in the city.

Youthfulness is thanks to John Bernard, a poet and rapper based in Coventry who uses his artistry to inspire, influence and invigorate his listeners.

“The Coventry Moves project is one that I have been blessed to be a part of, both on the writing and performance side,” John said.

Coventry’s youthful curiosity lies in its tradition of youth music – Two Tone, Rave, The Enemy and Jay 1, and in the street culture of skateboarding and parkour.

It can also be found in the adults who continue to question and be responsive to new ideas and ways of doing.

Sustainability is in the shape of Pauline Black, lead singer of acclaimed Two Tone band The Selecter.



John Bernard is a poet and rapper based in Coventry
John Bernard is a poet and rapper based in Coventry

“As a Coventry local, I am immensely honoured and proud to be working with the talented creatives involved in Coventry Moves, in bringing what promises to be an unforgettable event, for the beginning of the long awaited Coventry City of Culture 2021 celebrations,” Pauline added.

She will remind us to connect with our origins, with the land that we come from, to live well with it, to put back as much as we take, to be guardians of the earth’s resource for future generations.

Coventry is the birthplace of the Green Party, and today is home to green technologies that are transforming the transport sector.



Pauline Black of The Selecter will represent Sustainability
Pauline Black of The Selecter will represent Sustainability

For Coventry Moves, Black will perform a new song with the World Song Choir and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, written especially for the event by Unamay Olomaiye and Sibongile Mkoba, with lyrics and melody created through workshops with residents from Spon End.

People power is shown by Navin Kundra, a singer, songwriter, actor and live performer. In Coventry, that means those who built and rebuilt the city and made its famous watches and bikes.

A thriving manufacturing hub and the UK’s motor city, people travelled from around the world to live and work in Coventry, enriching the life of the city through the food, language and cultures they brought with them.

Coventry is known around the world as a city of welcome and a city of sanctuary, a theme that is explored across its year as City of Culture.

Innovation is represented by Daniel Lismore, who said: “’I grew up in Fillongley and Coventry which have meaningful, emotional & strong historical connections to me as an artist.

“I’m so looking forward to supporting Coventry Moves and my participation and curation will celebrate and display universal themes exploring the intersection between art, fashion, architecture, ancient & modern world cultures and haute couture’.’



Navin Kundra is representing people power
Navin Kundra is representing people power

The city’s innovation stems from the evolution of its industries – from ribbons to watches to sewing machines to bicycles to cars to the jet engine. This inventive spirit inspired a brave new vision for a post-war utopia – twinning cities to bring together ordinary people for dialogue rather than conflict; creating Theatre in Education, which provided access to the arts for every child in the city; and pioneers such as the composer Delia Derbyshire.

Justine Themen, Director of Coventry Moves said: “In creating our event, we wanted to tangibly represent and celebrate the unique spirit of our city. Working with six young artists, we drew on work with communities to shape six Energies that are woven into the fabric of Coventry’s identity – Social Justice, Innovation, Youthfulness, People Power, Resilience and Sustainability.

“We commissioned local writers to encapsulate these energies in words, and are delighted to also be working with an extraordinary range of Coventry talent through the people playing these Energies – people making waves in our world through activism, sport, words, creativity, and music – who capture the city’s spirit in their day-to-day.”





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