University of Warwick: University of Warwick mobilises people to find the sound of Coventry in year-long festival to Resonate with City of Culture

The University of Warwick – a principal partner of Coventry City of Culture – is launching the Resonate Festival, an exciting and wide-reaching programme of events designed to spark creativity, connectivity, collaboration and conversations amongst across the City. In collaboration with partners across Coventry & Warwickshire, the Festival comprises a 12-month programme organised around monthly themes that complement those of the wider City of Culture programme. It will include online events, exhibitions, film festivals, walking tours, debates, and much more before closing with a live celebration event on the Warwick campus in April 2022.

Just some of the events in the Resonate Festival are:

Working with Coventry people to find the Future Sound of Coventry
A project bringing together academic researchers, artists, practitioners and the public in Coventry to address the question: what does the future of Coventry sound like? To answer it the University will be working together with communities to create sound compositions and performances, using field recordings of the city gathered by Coventry people.

Working with school children to literarily stitch together Coventry’s past and future.
Children in years 5 and 6 will take inspiration from Coventry’s textiles history and learn to create embroidery designs by writing computer programs. The University will work with local teachers to run the project, which can be taught in one day or spread out over five to six weeks between May 2021 and February 2022, culminating in the children’s work being exhibited in an online gallery, and in a City of Culture exhibition on campus in in April 2022.

Pairing artists with engineers to design the city of the future
Working with local Coventry art group, Foleshill Creates and artist Kitty Kaur, we will be exploring how we can use recycled materials to build greener cities for our communities. A series of workshops will look at how innovative new materials will allow us to unlock our creativity in designing public spaces. Join the researchers and artists for a lively discussion and Q&A on 26th May, 12:00-12:45. More details here:

Invention and mindfulness
Mindfulness practices have not only been shown to be beneficial for navigating the difficulties of life, but also for engaging in the positives and for cultivating greater creativity, problem-solving and invention. In this 1-hour session we will begin by exploring what contemporary mindfulness is (and what it isn’t) before engaging in 2 activities designed to slow the mind, body and emotions down whilst heightening our experience of each moment.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick said:

“Like all event organisers we have been challenged by the current situation to look at how to reorganise and rethink some of our planned activities in the first quarter of the festival programme. However, we have done so and will be mounting a fantastic Resonate Festival that aims to provide people of all ages and backgrounds across Coventry and Warwickshire with a chance to take part.”

Professor Helen Wheatley, Festival Director said:

“We’re so proud to be bringing the Resonate Festival to Coventry, celebrating our wonderful vibrant City of Culture and the role that our staff and students play in the city. At the heart of our programme are events and activities that are designed to excite, inspire and resonate with the widest possible range of audiences, encouraging new ideas, connections, creativity and conversations. We’ve also been thoughtful in how we represent and reflect on our city’s varied cultural traditions, seeking to bring diverse voices and artistic traditions together with our University’s academic researchers.”

Jane Furze, Director of the Warwick Institute of Engagement said:

“The University is committed to building connections and making a positive impact in our region. In 2020, we launched the Warwick Institute for Engagement, taking a fresh approach to University engagement. Our ambition is to ensure that the incredible talent, knowledge and expertise of our world-class University researchers inspires new generations and communities beyond the boundaries of our University campus; we also know that we have much to learn from those around us and we can only do that if we connect and communicate with each other.”

In the City of Culture year, the University of Warwick is also working closely with colleagues in the Warwick Arts Centre, on the University campus, to make sure that the Resonate Festival complements their exciting plans for the year ahead, including their City of Culture opening event ‘The Language of Kindness’ on 20-23 May and plans for the relaunch and official reopening of the newly re-designed building in October.