Who we are

ABOUT US

Our festival is about celebrating the best of Coventry’s heritage, and we couldn’t do that without its people.

The Positive Images Festival, which takes place every year in June, is an exciting programme of art events spread over three weeks.

What’s on offer spans genres, from poetry readings, drama, music, literature, contemporary art exhibitions, food and more — and embraces diversity in all its forms.

It is the culmination of 12 months of hard work by the volunteers behind the Positive Images Festival, which is what makes our work so unique. 

But it doesn’t stop there for us – we hold other community events throughout the calendar year, too.

Every year, talent from the many, many different communities who share our great city step into the spotlight, showcasing the best of what Coventry has to offer in its diversity.

Our events are a chance to meet people from the community, to taste food, art and ideas from around the world.

Because volunteers organise everything from the line-up to the bunting, the Positive Images Festival simply wouldn’t exist without its people.

Last year, 17,000 of you attended the annual festival. Looking forward to seeing you next time.

What started as a one day multicultural book and food fair way back in 1995 has grown into a highlight of the Coventry community cultural calendar.

At the Positive Images Festival we work to support local talent from minority communities throughout the year before building up to a three-week programme of arts events in June.

The festival is there to celebrate the people of Coventry and includes some of the things we enjoy most, including music, dance, drama, literature, poetry, workshops and storytelling.

Our organisation relies entirely on volunteers — and because the festival is so central to our values, and the people of Coventry love coming, our dedicated team make it happen every year.

We offer activities for everyone – from young children, to the older members of our community. Bring your family and friends, and join us in our celebration. 

The very first festival we held featured a then little-known dub poet named Benjamin Zephaniah, which might give you an idea of just how far the talent in our locality can go.

 

AWARDS

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Positive Images Festival wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

Positive Images Festival is in its 22nd year and has now received the highest accolade for voluntary groups – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the award recognises the outstanding work carried out by local volunteer groups in their communities.

View the Presentation of The Queen's Award for voluntary service to the Positive Images Festival 2016

On 5th August, Positive Images Festival was the proud recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the award recognises the outstanding work carried out by local volunteer groups in their communities. It is the highest accolade that a voluntary group can ever hope to get.

The festival, inaugurated in 1995, celebrates diversity, encourages partnership working, showcases local talent and provides volunteering opportunities.

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Positive Images Festival wins the Voluntary and Community Sector Small Community Cohesion Awards 2013

For the fourth year running, projects from across the private, public, voluntary, community and youth sectors in Coventry were profiled at the Community Cohesion Awards at St. Mary's Guildhall 

Building on previous success with outstanding winning projects in each category, the awards are run by the Equalities and Communities Group of the Coventry Partnership together with Coventry Ethnic Minorities Action Partnership (CEMAP) in order to offer recognition for the great work that goes on across the city to promote cohesion, helping communities to live together peacefully.