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Outdoor cinema launches this year's City Festival

Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LEICESTER’s Jubilee Square will be transformed into an open-air cinema on Friday evening (August 19), to launch Leicester’s City Festival.

A giant screen and seating will be erected in Jubilee square to create Leicester’s biggest, outdoor film event.

Visitors will also be treated to live performances before the film starts.

Cllr Piara Clair, asst city mayor for culture, leisure and sport said: “This promises to be a great event for all the family, and a fantastic way to launch our 10-day City Festival.”

Live performances from House of Verse will begin at 6pm, followed by the film at 8:45pm.

Experience the spectacular screening of a live-action masterpiece, The Jungle Book [2016].

Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but visitors are welcome to take their own picnic chairs or blankets.

Popcorn, food and drinks will be on sale from Mirch Masala and The Drink Bus.

The outdoor cinema is being put on by local arts organisation Inspirate, as part of An India Summer, the annual festival they run. The event is sponsored by Ask assured.

The outdoor cinema will launch Leicester's City Festival, a 10-day spectacular which officially gets under way on Saturday (Aug 20th) and continues until Bank Holiday (Monday 29th August).

Details can be found in a 32-page festival brochure, which is available free of charge from the Visit Leicester shop, local libraries, shops, bars and other city centre outlets. Details can also be downloaded at

The City Festival is funded by Leicester City Council with elements of the programme supported by Arts Council England and other funding organisations and partners.

More information about An Indian Summer, Leicester’s annual South Asian culture and arts festival, can be found at