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Chenine Bhathena

Chenine Bhathena

Coventry City of Culture

Chenine is the architect of the UK City of Culture in Coventry 2021. She has overall responsibility for developing programmes, co-creation, community engagement, capacity building through development of national and international partnerships. She is building a cultural movement, harnessing activism and creating initiatives that are joyful and celebratory, but with a strong social conscience and that not only spotlight local global issues, but make change happen.

Chenine comes to the Trust from the Greater London Authority where she led the Mayor’s Cultural Placemaking Team and conceived, designed and delivered the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture competition. As London 2012 Creative Programmer for theOlympics/Paralympics she led London’s biggest ever outdoor festival and at Arts Council England (London and national offices) she led strategic programmes for Outdoor Arts, producers, local authorities, young people and disability arts. Over the last five years she has made the case for embedding culture across city policy and invited artists and arts to go beyond their sphere and collaborate on major high street, housing and transport development schemes, including making the case the Thames Estuary and The RoyalDocks Enterprise Zone. She initiated and led a range of high profile arts initiatives for the Mayor including Lumiere London 2016 and the Illuminated River. Chenine is a Board Director for IF: Milton Keynes.