Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 will commence on 15 May 2021, running for 12 months. The 365-day cultural programme will reflect Coventry as a diverse, modern city, demonstrating that culture is a force that changes lives. Coventry is known internationally as a city of welcome, a city of activists and pioneers, peace and reconciliation, innovation, and invention, and now a City of Culture. The British Council is the International Partner for UK City of Culture 2021.
DigiPoems is a programme that provides digital artists and poets from Coventry and Southern Africa an opportunity to co-create new art through experimental digital illustrations, animation, and poetry. The digital artists’ work is presented as a creative and imaginative ninety second visual interpretation of their collaborating poets’ work. These collaborative pieces are showcased across digital media platforms of the DigiPoems partners. DigiPoems’ objective is to provide an opportunity to connect creatives and arts organisations within Southern Africa and the UK to collaborate, share skills, find new audiences, network as well as supporting the creation of new innovative collaborative art
In 2021, Comexposed and Page Poetry Alive (Zimbabwe) will be partnering up with Writing West Midlands, BBC Contains Strong Language and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 (UK) to deliver the third Edition of DigiPoems.
It will feature the collaborative work of six digital artists: Refilwe Bantle Wale (Botswana), Neo “Pako” Ramathinyane (South Africa), Dana Chis (UK), Tavonga Shumbanhete (Zimbabwe), Kudakwashe Rwizi (Zimbabwe) and Mudiwa Kimberely Marasa (Zimbabwe). The artists will work with six poets Andrea Mbarushimana (UK), Aysar Ghassan (UK), John Bernard (UK), Lorna Zita (Mozambique), Musenga “MessenJah” Katongo (Zambia) and Prudence Delah Dube (Zimbabwe).
From May to August 2021 there will be a series of exciting and engaging online skills development, networking, and showcasing events where the artists will share their experiences, creative skills and process, as well as knowledge.
In September, DigiPoems will be featured at BBC Contains Strong Language Festival (23-26 September) as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 where the participating creatives will showcase their work.