City Festival

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View the 2016 City Festival brochure pdf or the online version here
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City Festival
Saturday 20 August - Monday 29 August 2016
Various venues

The City Festival celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city. For ten fun–packed days, the city will be buzzing with activity for all the family as streets and venues are filled with entertainment, street arts, sports, culture, music, heritage and more.  

Now in its 4th year the City Festival has grown to be one of the major events in our festival calendar. New additions for 2016 include Trolleys, a magical street theatre from Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie which will mysteriously appear in the city; Light House Keeping a unique show incorporating music and projection and a major international drum and firework show, Clash of Drums.

Many regular events will be returning this year including the ever popular SportsFest, now called Get Active! promoting active living and wellbeing activities throughout the city and the Summer Art Trail, a vibrant programme of exhibitions, residencies, performances, music and family workshops. Firm favourites Sky Ride, Leicester Belgrave Mela, Journeys Festival International and Cosmopolitan Carnival will return and there will also be events to celebrate the Old Town including the ever popular Family Day.

View the 2016 City Festival brochure pdf or the online version here

View full events and activities listings here

Leicester City Council is a partner in the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, a group of festivals working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts, bringing high-quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England. For more information on the work of Without Walls ATN, please visit: www.withoutwalls.uk.com/atn/

Need further information?

Pop in or call us at Visit Leicester to find out how we can help you enjoy the City Festival even more, see Visit Leicester.

For information on getting to events visit plan your trip to Leicester. We also recommend choosehowyoumove for information on and travel advice.

The City Festival is organised by Leicester City Council. For information regarding the organisation of the festival email festivals@leicester.gov.uk or telephone 0116 454 3600.

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> View photographs of the City Festival 2015 on facebook

> View Leicestershire TV's video featuring highlights of the City Festival 2014