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City Festival 2016

Published on Monday, August 1, 2016

GIANT street art, live music, dance, theatre and delicious food will fill Leicester's streets as part of the annual City Festival.

A spectacular programme of events is set to take place over 10 fun-packed days, from August 19th to 29th.

Now in its fourth year, the City Festival has grown to be one of the major events in the city's festival calendar.

This year's event features performances of Trolleys by C12 Dance Theatre, and Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie by Les Enfants Terribles, which are supported by the Without Walls Associate Touring Network.

Part dance, part outdoor spectacle, Trolleys is a ballet for five supermarket trolleys in which high octane contemporary dance, acrobatics and street dance merge. Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie provides all the excitement and magic of a travelling circus, evoking memories of the nineteenth century fair and Victorian world of travelling menageries, sideshows and dancing booths.

Clash of Drums, brought to Leicester through the Global Streets Strategic Touring programme, is a unique show incorporating a major international drum and firework show produced by Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, will be making a bang at Victoria Park.

Many regular events will be returning this year including the ever popular SportsFest - now called Get Active! - promoting active living and wellbeing activities thoughout the city.

Summer Art Trail, a vibrant programme of exhibitions, residences, performances, music and family workshops will be taking over the city.

Firm favourites Skyride, Leicester Belgrave Mela, Journeys Festival International and Cosmopolitan Carnival will return.

There will also be events to celebrate the Old Town, including the ever popular Family Day.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "All of these events will really showcase the culture, vibrancy and creativity of the city through various different art forms.

"This year's festival is bigger and better than ever and promises to be a great event for all."

Further details of what will be taking place over the ten days an be found at: www.visitleicester.info/cityfestival

A festival brochure will be available shortly from the Visit Leicester shop, local libraries, shops, bars and other city centre outlets.

The City Festival is funded by Leicester City Council, with elements of the programme supported by other funding organisations and partners, including Arts Council England and the Without Walls Associate Touring Network.