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Celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and The London 2012 Games

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festivals The Spark Children’s Arts Festival 28th May -10th June Various Venues Now in its 10th year, the Spark Children's Arts Festival returns to venues and schools around the city. This two-week festival is packed full of different shows, events and workshops for children and young people aged 0 - 13 years. Includes the new joint East Midlands Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival ‘Jump In’, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Riverside Festival 9th-10th June Bede Park, Mile Straight & Western Boulevard One of Leicester's biggest free festivals, Leicester Riverside Festival is a lively weekend of activities for the whole family. This popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, a Jubilee style flotilla, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend. Sponsored by Riverside.’s-on



festivals Ping! 30th June – 29th July Various Venues Leicester has been chosen as one of eight key UK cities to host Ping 2012 this summer. Ping Leicester is a month long festival which sees 58 ping-pong tables pop up across Leicester’s landmarks, squares, cultural facilities, shopping centres, estates, parks and open spaces, health centres, offices and bus stations.


Castle Park Old Town Festival 20th – 27th August Various Venues in Castle Park Area Leicester has many Royal connections and in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, the theme of this year’s festival will be Kings and Queens of England. The theme will be highlighted throughout the festival with walking tours, lectures and exhibitions. There will be a host of children’s activities on weekdays at various venues. The festival finale will be the traditional family day at Castle Gardens, featuring historical re-enactments and walk about ‘royal ’characters, live

music, arts, crafts and food stalls, boat rides, children’s circus skills and theatre activities as well as the ever popular maypole dancing for all the family.

The Ride Leicester Festival 23rd – 27th August City Centre

Paralympic Flame Celebration 25th August The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate As part of the build-up to the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, take part in a host of family fun sporting activities themed around the Paralympics.

Five days of cycling fun across the city including the annual Skyride, where you can experience Leicester on trafficfree roads. All you need is your bike and your zest to zoom around the city on two wheels!’s-on



exhibitions Suits & Saris 31st March – 7th October New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Suits & Saris explores exchanges of fashion between Leicester, India and East Africa. Visually explore global and Leicester fashion stories and see how they have influenced the clothes you wear. The exhibition also profiles the previously unexplored aspects of British Asian fashion worlds, such as the role of East African Asians in Leicester. Suits & Saris is one of three Dress the World exhibitions in the East Midlands, all part of the national Stories of the World Cultural Olympiad project.


We’ll Live and Die In These Towns 29th May – 12th June LCB Depot An exhibition of photographs by three artists who grew up and studied for their Masters Degree in Photography in Leicester. The three projects reflect the diverse communities that make Leicester and aims to bring people into the gallery to celebrate their city, through engagement and participation in the work. All the images are taken in various locations throughout Leicester from January 2012 and the project will end in December 2012.

Patchwork Pledge 28th June – 10th July Curve Theatre (Mezzanine Level) The Lionheart Project inspired the My Games My Legacy Patchwork Pledge Project and got people of all ages knitting or crocheting squares to create one giant blanket. The outcome of all this creativity will be on display on the Mezzanine level at Curve Theatre.

Lionheart 28th June – 10th July Orton Square Marvel at the amazing Lionheart project as three giant lions in a custom-built, 16 metre glass case make up the biggest crochet sculpture in the world. Harking

back to the days of travelling menagerie shows, the sculpture is based on the lions in Richard Lionheart’s crest and is handcrocheted from 36 miles of yarn by artist Shauna Richardson.

Sport Through the Ages 2nd July – 27th September Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. With a focus on grassroots rather than top-level competitive sport, this exhibition displays archive material about the development of cricket, football, rugby, cycling and swimming through local sports clubs, all of which have interesting and quirky stories.’s-on


Summer Events on Leicester’s Parks Take part in a wide variety of events and activities this summer including street dance, tai chi, yoga, cricket, dodge ball, cycling, scooting, orienteering, tennis, archery, skipping, zumba, cheerleading, running and rounders.

For further details, pick up a free Parks Active leaflet, telephone 0116 252 7003 or visit: 8’s-on’s-on



events Suits & Saris: Music & Dance Festival

Teddies Jubilee Railway Day

1st June, 7.00pm – 9.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

2nd June, 11.00am – 4.30pm Abbey Pumping Station

2Funky Arts presents an evening of Eastern and Western music and dance, exploring Suits & Saris through entertainment. Think Bollywood break dancers, MC’s in saris, singers in suits and a funky fusion of east meets west! Fun for all the family, Suits & Saris is an on-stage, musical explosion of fashion that complements the exhibition. Tickets: £4.00 / £2.50

Celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and dress your teddy in red, white and blue. All teddies and their owners can have a free ride on the museum’s railway. Bring a picnic - tables and refreshments available. Admission free, a small charge for train rides.

Jubilee Creativity 3rd June, 12 noon – 3.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Be inspired by all things red, white and blue as we celebrate the


Jubilee with our early years messy play activities. Drop-in event for 0-5 years. £3.00

The Spark’s BIG Jubilee Lunch 3rd June, 12 noon – 4.00pm Museum Square, New Walk Join us for a fun filled afternoon with The Spark’s BIG Jubilee Lunch. Interactive entertainment with street performers, visually stunning antics, things to make and do and a big band to keep everyone in the party spirit. Bring your picnic, your big hat for the parade and get involved with the BIG Lunch!

Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch

Celebrate the Jubilee Weekend

3rd June, 12 noon – 5.30 pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

3rd June, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Alongside celebrations across the nation, Leicester is holding a special Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch at the Big Screen. Bring your friends, family and a picnic and join in all the fun of an old fashioned street party as the magnificent Jubilee flotilla is shown on the screen.

Bring your own picnic to eat in our tranquil garden, dress code - red, white and blue! Take part in the jubilee trail or enjoy the craft activities. £2.50

Lantern Making 4th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Cut out and decorate a paper lantern to take along to the Jubilee beacon lighting event at Abbey Park in the evening. £2.50’s-on



events Diamond Jubilee Concert & Beacon Lighting

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting

4th June, 6.00pm – 11.00pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

4th June, 9.00pm – 10.30pm Abbey Park

As part of a weekend of celebrations across the city to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee, come down to the Big Screen and enjoy a fantastic concert for all the family. Live from Buckingham Palace, acts include Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Jessie Jay, JLS as well as classical pianist, Lang Lang. From 10pm, you can also see the Diamond Jubilee beacons being lit all over the nation.


Come and enjoy this very special occasion, marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign. Watch the park come alive at dusk alongside the Leicester Sea Cadets who are celebrating their 75th anniversary. There will be a lantern parade, fire sculptures and performers, culminating with the lighting of the fixed beacon alongside beacons across the nation between 10.00pm and 10.30pm.

Jubilee Souvenirs

Bardi Wind Orchestra

6th June, 11.00am – 3.00pm Abbey Pumping Station

9th June, 7.00pm De Montfort Hall

Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by decorating a ceramic item to keep, along with a crown to wear at your street party. Refreshments available. £2.00

Jubilee Street Party 7th June, 11.00am – 3.30pm Belgrave Hall Museum & Gardens Come dressed in your fancy dress costume, hunt for diamonds and join the end of day parade. Bring your own picnic or buy lunch from our event café. £2.50

A feast of musical entertainment to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, ending with a rousing and patriotic flag waving 'Last Night of the Proms' finale, including Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. Tickets: Check venue for details.

London 2012 Festival Launch 21st June Concert 7.00pm – 10.30pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva 21st – 22nd June, 7.45pm Curve Theatre A blend of spoken word and physical theatre with sublime music and stunning digital visuals. Written by Carol Leeming, this choreo-poem tells the story of the strength and vulnerability of a black diva. Tickets: Check venue for details. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery from Arts Council England.

The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the four-year Cultural Olympiad.’s-on



events Suits & Saris: Clothing Swap Shop Day 24th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Bring your old clothes and swap them for something nearly new. What seems old and tired in your wardrobe could brighten up the corners of someone else’s. £1.00 for swap shop entry.

London 2012 World Sport Day

2012 Games kicks off Lloyds TSB National School Sports Week.

Suits & Saris Curator Talk: The Effects of Migration 26th June, 5.30pm – 6.30pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery This talk will examine the effects of migration and observe the development of British Asian fashion within the Leicester region. £3.00

Live Chalk Drawing by Julian Beever 26th – 29th June Clock Tower Internationally renowned pavement artist Julian Beever will be creating a special artwork to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Leicester. Come along to the Clock Tower to watch Julian at work and see the creation of a unique artwork to celebrate London 2012.

Torch 29th June – 9th July Pedestrian Gallery, LCB Depot A group of voluntary ‘Window Curators’ have worked with local charity Pedestrian to facilitate a series of arts workshops for young people, curating and exhibiting the artwork created in Pedestrian’s Gallery space at the front of the LCB Depot.

Summer Reading Challenge 30th June – 31st August Various Libraries Thousands of families are involved each summer in the UK’s biggest reading event and this year’s challenge, Story Lab, will celebrate the spirit of 2012. It’s completely free – and every child will receive a Story Lab model. Children love collecting stickers and they’ll be keen to complete their Story Lab challenge and receive a certificate or medal.

25th June The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate The final UK-wide Get Set event before the start of the London




events Follow the Light

Olympic Torch Relay

2nd July City Centre 5.30pm from Phoenix Square

2nd – 3rd July 5.00pm – 6.30pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

Involving up to 100 local people, Follow the Light will feature Mahogany's magnificent costuming and choreography from Donald Edwards as well as live music from local djembe group, Afro-Kubanz and the Dhol Enforcement Agency. Follow the Light will kick the party off in the city centre and will end in a finale performance at the BBC Big Screen in Humberstone Gate. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery from Arts Council England.


See the Olympic Flame as it arrives in the city and is carried by the nominated torchbearers along London Road towards the city centre, travelling along Humberstone Gate and Belgrave Gate, before arriving in Abbey Park in the early evening. It will then leave Leicester on Tuesday 3rd July, starting from the National Space Centre and travelling along Belgrave Road and Loughborough Road.

Torch Relay Evening Celebration 2nd July Gates open 4.00pm Abbey Park Leicester will be hosting the Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration event with a spectacular show and ceremony at Abbey Park. The Olympic Flame will arrive in Leicester at 5.45pm and will be carried to Abbey Park by specially selected Torch Bearers. The concert will include a high energy dance show featuring some of the city’s finest performers and a Walk of Honour by Leicester swimming teams to commemorate

the 100 year anniversary of Leicester born Jennie Fletcher, an Olympic swimming gold medalist in 1912. Leicester Philharmonia will present a special performance of ‘Bamboozled’, a high energy, audience participation piece featuring Leicester schools. The main Olympic sponsors will be bringing their top shows to the Abbey Park stage, including international circus troupes and major pop acts. In addition to the above, there will also be a community area with five zones and activities, demonstrations and displays based around the themes of sport, health, play, culture and a showcase of Inspire projects.

Suits & Saris: Curator Tour 3rd July, 2.00pm – 3.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Join the lead curator to find out more about the different themes and making of the exhibition. £2.50’s-on



events Game Face

Wimbledon Finals

5th – 7th July, 7.45pm Curve Theatre (Studio)

7th – 8th July 12 noon – 5.30pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

Curve Young Productions are a group of talented and adventurous young performers and theatre makers who create new and bold pieces of theatre. Taking inspiration from the values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination and equality, this is a new piece of work not to be missed. Tickets: Check venue for details.

As part of a fantastic summer of sport, the Big Screen in Humberstone Gate will be screening both the women’s and men's Wimbledon finals. If watching the finals inspires you to have a go, there will be tennis taster sessions to join in.

Big Dance Street Dance Day 14th July The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate Big Dance 2012 is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance.

Suits & Saris: Object Handling Workshop 24th July, 12.00pm – 5.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Where all the family get the chance to become museum curators! Get up close and personal with objects associated with the exhibition.


Alternative Games Trail 24th July, 11.00am – 3.30pm Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens Be a winner with our trail which leads you round the museum. Enjoy our themed craft activities including creating your own torch and medal. Refreshments available. £2.50

The Belgrave Fitness Challenge 25th July, 11.00am – 3.30pm Belgrave Hall Museum & Gardens Wear your sports kit, make everything you need and get your heart beating faster on our fitness trail. £2.50

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in London 25th – 26th July The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate Watch the final stages of the Olympic Torch Relay as it is carried through London to the London 2012 Stadium.’s-on



events GB Women’s Football 25th July, 4.00pm – 8.45pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate Watch the Great Britain women’s football teams compete in their opening Olympic matches.

GB Men’s Football & Torch Relay in London 26th July, 5.00pm – 9.45pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate Watch the British men’s team and the Torch Relay as it makes its way through London.


Screening of the Olympic Games 27th July – 12th August 9.15am – 11.00pm approx. The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate The waiting is over - watch all the Olympic action as it unfolds! Humberstone Gate West will come alive with sport, passion and a once in a lifetime chance to try new sports, cheer on national and international heroes and be a part of the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.

Triathlon 3rd – 8th August 10.00am – 4.00pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate All three triathlon events are possible thanks to the endless pool, running machine and exercise bikes that will be on site.

Suits & Saris: Wood Block Printing Workshop 4th August, 1.00pm – 4.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Use traditional wooden print blocks, hand carved in India, to print onto raw calico. Drop-in workshop for children and adults. £3.00

Suits & Saris: Sari Workshop & Talk 12th August 12.00pm – 2.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery An explanation of the history of the sari, its development up to present day and the different styles of wrapping. Enjoy a chance to try on a sari with lessons on wrapping techniques.

Sports All Stars 14th August 11.00am – 3.00pm Abbey Pumping Station Design your own T-shirt to take home with you and make a gold medal to wear with it. Make a flag to wave when you support your favourite team/athlete. Refreshments available. £2.00

Paralympic Games 29th August – 9th September 9.00am – 10.00pm approx. The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate The Official London 2012 Live Site comes alive once more for the screening of the Paralympic Games, with national sporting heroes going for gold once more.’s-on



events Last Night of the Proms

Bandstand Marathon

Team GB Parade

8th September 6.00pm – 11.00pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

9th September 1.00pm – 5.00pm Abbey Park

10th September 2.00pm – 5.00pm The Big Screen, Humberstone Gate

Join music fans young and old to watch the finale to the world's greatest classical music festival. Bring yourself, a picnic, a flag and a passion for pomp and ceremony of the highest order. This should be a special evening rounding off a summer of spectacular events in Humberstone Gate West. Limited seating will be provided.

One of the 500 events taking place in bandstands, parks and open spaces across the country as part of the official closing celebrations of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Round off the summer of spectacular events and screenings by watching the Team GB parade.

Suits & Saris Curator Talk 12th September 6.00 – 7.00pm New Walk Museum & Art Gallery The lead curator will explain how the Suits & Saris exhibition has been developed using the memories of many Leicester


residents. There will be lots of opportunities for questions and discussion. £3.50

Community Choir Workshops & Concert

the Peepul Centre. For further details of the community workshops and how to book a place to take part, register your interest by email:

15th September Peepul Centre The powerful story of the Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva, provides the basis for a series of free, diverse, community choral and music workshops. The workshops, led by internationally acclaimed music artist Carol Leeming, with professional musicians from the Random Acts of Senseless Beauty Ensemble, will lead to an exciting concert performance for participants at’s-on



venues Bright in the Corner 28th September, 7.30pm Embrace Arts Bright in the Corner is a brand new musical dance theatre piece created through collaboration between artists from the Black township of Mamelodi, South Africa and Derbyshire. Tickets: Check venue for details. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery from Arts Council England.

Ballare: To Dance 6th October. 7.30pm Peepul Centre

internationalism and the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. The concert features two new works by composer Phillip Herbert and takes a voyage across the African Diaspora, Argentina, Cuba, India, Mexico and Spain through a colourful sound world of classical music scores with strong world music flavours, which connect with international dance traditions. Tickets: Check venue for details. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery from Arts Council England.

Abbey Park

Bede Park

Abbey Park Road & St Margarets Way, Leicester 0116 252 7003

Western Boulevard Westcotes Leicester 0116 252 7003

Abbey Pumping Station Corporation Road Leicester LE4 5PX 0116 299 5111

Belgrave Hall Museum & Gardens Church Road Leicester LE4 5PE Telephone: 0116 266 6590

Big Screen, Humberstone Gate Leicester LE1 3PH

Castle Park St Nicholas Circle Leicester LE1 1SB 0116 252 7003

De Montfort Hall Granville Road Leicester LE1 7RU 0116 233 3111

Ballare: To Dance is a concert that brings together world-class musicians to celebrate



venues Embrace Arts Richard Attenborough centre PO Box 138 Lancaster Road Leicester LE1 7HA 0116 252 2455

Curve Theatre Rutland Street Leicester LE1 1SB 0116 242 3560

LCB Depot 31 Rutland Street Leicester LE1 1RE 0116 261 6800 26’s-on

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery 53 New Walk Leicester LE1 7EA 0116 225 4900

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens The Newarke Leicester LE2 7BY 0116 225 4980

Orton Square Leicester LE1 1SB

Peepul Centre Orchardson Avenue Leicester LE4 6DP 0116 261 6000

Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Long Street Wigston Magna Leicester LE18 2AH 0116 257 1080

All details are correct at the time of going to press. We apologise for any changes which may be necessary. All events, exhibitions and festivals are free unless otherwise stated. For a full list of events, festivals and exhibitions visit: For information on travelling by bus to the activities listed please telephone ‘Traveline’ on 0871 200 22 33. Produced by Leicester City Council Marketing & Brand Management Team

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Details of festivals and events taking place throughout Leicester this summer.