Printed on Friday, Might 10, 2019
LEICESTER’s festivals already draw hundreds of individuals from across the nation, and within the case of Diwali – the world.
This yr the town council is aiming to draw extra guests by highlighting the very best of the occasions set to run from Might to September in a brand new summer season programme.
The Summer season of Festivals brings collectively 10 main occasions happening throughout the town, starting from reside music to family-themed enjoyable and breath-taking public artwork initiatives.
Leicester’s Metropolis Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby mentioned: “We’re already very happy with our numerous vary of festivals which supply one thing for everybody, however this yr we’ve bought much more to supply with model new occasions that we hope can even turn out to be a part of our annual programme.
“As there’s a lot happening we’ve picked out among the key occasions to provide everybody a flavour of what they will anticipate in the event that they be a part of us in Leicester this summer season.”
The programme begins with the return of Deliver The Paint, which final yr attracted the cream of graffiti artists from the world over to create gorgeous, large-scale public road artwork on public buildings. It takes place from Might 20 to 26, and in addition to the creation of big murals will embrace music, an artwork truthful, road meals, exhibitions and workshops.
Leicester’s ever-popular Riverside Pageant will deliver two days of family-friendly enjoyable and actions to the banks of the River Soar, bringing alive the Mile Straight, Bede Park, Citadel Gardens and Western Boulevard. The free competition will embrace enjoyable on and off the river, reside music and road performances, artwork, dancing and actions for all ages on June 1 and a couple of.
Revive competition is a primary for 2019: operating over three weekends in June it celebrates the Mods of the 1960’s and provides folks an opportunity to expertise the last decade by way of classic festivals, reside music and occasions, and extra scooters than on the set of Quadrophenia. Impressed by the Mods: Shaping a Era and Modified exhibitions operating at New Stroll Museum and Smooth Contact Arts, Revive will happen at numerous venues throughout the town from June 15 to 30.
Additionally distinctive to 2019 is One Large Leap – a sequence of occasions marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landings. Operating from July to October, actions vary from a household astronomy session to an evening within the museum, as nicely an entire sequence of occasions on the Nationwide House Centre.
Leicester’s Caribbean Carnival has grown into one of many largest outdoors London because it was first held in 1985. This yr’s theme is ‘The Windrush’ with the deal with the Caribbean neighborhood’s contribution to the UK. In addition to a road parade of multi-coloured floats by way of the town centre there’ll be an enormous get together with music and meals on the town’s Victoria Park, all on August three.
New to Leicester this summer season are the Gigs within the Gardens – a sequence of large-scale outside live shows within the lovely environment of De Montfort Corridor happening between August and 26. Kaiser Chiefs, the Vaccines, Jax Jones and Busted are among the many prime acts performing there, in addition to DJ units from Groove Armada, Pete Tong and Danny Howard. The sequence will finish on a classical observe with a household efficiency from the Bardi Orchestra rounded off with a firework finale.
The Leicester Belgrave Mela returns on Sunday 18 August, bringing a day of fantastic road performances, mouth-watering South Asian delicacies and the Mela purchasing bazaar. Guests can take pleasure in awe-inspiring performances from the Grand Indian Circus and music from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.
Leicester Satisfaction is the town’s annual Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) competition, a vibrant occasion celebrating variety and freedom of expression. Take part and march with delight by way of the town centre on August 31, earlier than having fun with music, a enjoyable truthful and nice household leisure on Victoria Park.
Full particulars of the Summer season of Festivals programme and different issues to do in Leicester can be found at visitleicester.information