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Youth festival launches summer of activities for young people

Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LIVE performance, music, games and zorb football will form part of a city centre Youth Pod Festival this weekend.

The free festival takes place on Saturday 22 July on Jubilee Square, and will help launch a packed programme of summer activities for young people aged 13-19. 

A ‘pod’ will be set up on the square from 2-6pm, featuring a range of free activities including jewellery making, sports, quizzes and games and a street theatre performance exploring issues around knife crime, starring young actors from across the city.

The event is being hosted by Leicester City Council’s youth services in partnership with Streetvibe young people’s service.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children and young people, said: “The annual youth festival is always a popular event and a really good way to promote the huge range of free activities taking place across the city this summer.

“We know that providing things for young people to do can have a positive effect on neighbourhoods and the wider community. The youth festival gives young people a chance to chat to our youth workers and find out what other services we can offer them.

“It’s also a chance to show off the creative talents of some of the young performers and artists that use our services.”

Leicestershire Police are supporting the event and will be there talking to young people about the dangers of knife crime.

Shane O’Neill, Superintendent of Local Policing, said “We are really pleased to be working with Leicester City Council Youth Services on a number of initiatives over the summer. Events such as this are a great opportunity to divert youths into positive activities and can help to reduce the number of potential knife related incidents over the school holidays.”

Details of the summer-long programme of youth activities will be promoted through social media.

For more details, follow the youth service on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leicestercity.youthservice and on Twitter @leicscityyouth #SYA17

The council runs 15 youth centres across the city. For more details visit leicester.gov.uk