Posted on Thursday August 11th, 2022

The streets of LEICESTER city center are set to come alive this month with a jaw-dropping festival featuring live performances, street art, interactive entertainment and the UK’s largest puppet.

City Festival 2022 takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, offering a two-day program packed with events, activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes.

The show will take place at city center venues including Humberstone Gate, Clock Tower, Jubilee Square, Church Gate, Town Hall Square and Green Dragon Square near Leicester Market.

A centerpiece of the show will be the UK’s largest puppet – a towering 10-metre folk-style giant, which will circle the streets of the city center accompanied by flashmob-style performances and music along the route.

On Saturday August 27, Storm’s journey begins in Town Hall Square at noon, traveling to the Clock Tower where she will be greeted with sizzling samba beats from Leicester’s Sambando at 2.30pm, before a culminating performance by the Studio 79 dancers to mark the end. of Storm’s trip to Jubilee Square at 3:55 p.m.

On Sunday, Storm’s itinerary will see the colossus travel from The Circle outside the Mattioli Woods Building in Welford Place, accompanied by Leicester Taiko’s thundering Japanese drum at midday.

Indian dance company Nupur Arts will lead Storm to the Farewell Finale at the Clock Tower at 1:15 p.m., with an Ocean Friends Parade, featuring Indian Classical, Bollywood and Indian Folk Dance.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday there will also be a busy schedule of interactive games, exploration and discovery.

From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jubilee Square will host activities such as Plankton by Enter Edem, where visitors can explore the micro-beauty of the oceans with interactive puppet workshops, bringing the story of this unseen world to life.

Les Abeilles offers an engaging installation of multi-sensory hives, each hiding a unique and unexpected inner world. It takes place at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., while Focus offers art activities and free games, including designing a banner, making a green pledge and participating in family games.

Humberstone Gate will host The Whale, where visitors can step inside a giant silver whale for a fun and immersive mini-show for intrepid sailors of all ages in a relaxed, family-friendly, ramp-accessible way. La Baleine will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Ocho, the revolutionary inflatable octopus, will also be strutting, bending and swinging through the city streets at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Sunday event schedule runs from 12pm to 4.30pm and includes Mayfly at the Clock Tower – a spectacular fusion of water, dance and song that brings the scene to life with water effects and bouncing fountains. There is also an interactive workshop after the first midday performance to learn more about the people involved in the creation, and a tactile tour for visually impaired visitors, which can be booked by contacting [email protected]

The Bewonderment Machine, in the High Street at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, creates a miniature theatrical flight of the imagination, combining puppets, machines, hand-carved wooden animals and music on a bicycle carousel, while a sweeping d ‘Swallows paints the city with colorful skies, in motion and with the gentle song of birds.

Open Streets in Town Hall Square, Green Dragon Square and Church Gate will showcase Cyclone Works crazy bikes, offer rickshaw rides and a chance to try out an adapted bike or take a spin on a Santander Cycles Leicester e-bike. There will also be guided walks and rides, Dr Bike troubleshooting sessions and an extreme mountain bike demonstration. Open Streets operates from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby said: “The City Festival is one of the most popular events on Leicester’s summer schedule, and I’m delighted to see it once again promises a packed schedule of family entertainment. In the city center.

“All City Festival events are free, which is particularly important given the situation many families find themselves in at the end of the summer holidays and feeling the pressure of the cost of living crisis.

“Hopefully people take advantage of what’s on offer and enjoy the weekend.”

City Festival is the culmination of Leicester’s Summer in the City event season, which has also included The World Reimagined, Caribbean Carnival, National Play Day, Journeys Festival, Belgrave Mela and City Beach.

For more details, visit: City Festival – Visit Leicester

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