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Weekend of fun in store at City Festival

Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

A MAGICAL lantern procession, explosive drumming and fireworks, pop-up theatre, and a glittering Mela  will take place in the city this weekend as part of Leicester's City Festival.

Activities begin in at 11am on  Saturday 20 August in Jubilee Square, which will host the Journeys Festival International. Running until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, the event will showcase the creative work of refugee and asylum seeker artists.

Described as a melting pot of work intended to entertain, inspire and educate audiences of all ages, the festival includes visual arts, music and and performance.

Museum Square on New Walk is the setting for  a live, pop-up theatre performance at 7pm on Saturday. And New Walk will be lit by a spectacular lantern procession, with the main parade leaving from outside Museum Square at around 8.20pm.

The procession will merge with the Clash of Drums event which sees two internationally-renowned companies from France and Spain battle in a thrilling spectacular of music, drumming and fireworks.

Clash of Drums will leave the Oval on New Walk at around 8.20pm, processing to Victoria Park for a scorching climax at 9pm.

Leicester Belgrave Mela Festival will take place on Sunday (Aug 21st) in Gallowtree Gate, Humberstone Gate, Leicester Market and at the Clock Tower.

The annual event will offer a glittering mix of live music, dance, food, fashion, entertainment and Indian culture. And visitors will be able to experience the UK's biggest shopping bazaar.

There will also be a special performance by The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band from Jaipur, India and international Rangoli Street artist Janak Chauhan will be creating a unique Rangoli artwork.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, said: "The City Festival will really go off with a bang this weekend. Leicester will be a hive of creative activity and energy and we look forward to welcoming people to be part of it."

Visitors to the city can also enjoy a number of art exhibitions which get under way at the weekend, including photographic, digital, print and graffiti demonstrations. Live music, spoken word events and jewellery making will also be on offer.

These events will take place in a number of venues across the city, including New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, LCB Depot, Leicester Print Workshop, The Cank Street Gallery, Wot Space, Soft Touch Arts and Attenborough Arts Centre. Opening times vary.

Leicester's City Festival, a 10-day spectacular, 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 on Humberstone Gate, local libraries, shops, bars and other city centre outlets. Details can also be downloaded at