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BBC Contains Strong Language Festival

BBC Contains Strong Language Festival

Thurs 26 Aug to Sun 26 Sept 2021

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BBC Contains Strong Language is the UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing, and is the BBC’s flagship poetry and spoken word festival.

Now in its fifth year, the four day festival is taking place this year in Coventry, as it celebrates being UK City of Culture 2021 and will broadcast live across BBC Radio and online. It was created by the BBC for Hull City of Culture in 2017, and has taken place annually since then, touring to Cumbria in 2020 before arriving in Coventry for 2021.

BBC Contains Strong Language 2021 is a co-commission between the BBC, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press, and is supported by Arts Council England, the British Council and Jerwood Arts.

The following BBC Contains Strong Language Events will be taking place at the Belgrade Theatre. Follow the links for more information and to book. Please note that tickets must be pre-booked. You will not be able to book tickets after 5pm on the day of each event.

BBC CSL: Word Play – Live Poetry at the Belgrade
BBC CSL: Poetry on Prescription with the Poetry Pharmacy
BBC CSL: The Essay (Live Recording)
BBC CSL: 5Live Afternoon Edition: Nihal Arthanayake (Live Recording)
BBC CSL: Front Row (Live Recording)
BBC CSL: Radio 3 Free Thinking
BBC CSL: This Little Relic
BBC CSL: Radio 3’s The Verb (Live Recording)
BBC CSL: BBC Writers Room Panel: Who We Are and What We Do
BBC CSL: Music Matters
BBC CSL: Beyond Belief
BBC CSL: 1Xtra Words First Talent Showcase
BBC CSL: Radio 3’s The Verb
BBC CSL: CSL Live (Live Recording)
BBC CSL: Words and Music
BBC CSL: 6Music – Stuart Maconie’s The Freakzone

Please note: the BBC are working under tight regulations, and so they have to carry out additional checks at all BBC events. When showing your ticket for entry to the auditorium, they will also need you to provide one of the following:  

  • a double COVID-19 vaccination received at least 2 weeks prior to attending the Events.  Please provided evidence either through the NHS app (NHS covid pass) or vaccination card; OR
  • A negative COVID-19 Lateral flow test result (taken in the 48 hours prior to attending the Event) with certification shown via email or text; OR
  • proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test taken 180 days prior to the event.

Lateral flow tests can be order from or collected from your local pharmacy or test centre.  They are free and you will be given a pack containing 7 tests. Once you have taken your test, please report the negative result on the NHS website at the following link: You will receive either a text or e-mail confirmation of your negative result which you will need to show when entering the auditorium. 

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