Cosmopolitan Arts is one of five groups in the East Midlands, and the only one in Leicester, in the running to win £50,000 of National Lottery funding in this year’s People’s Projects competition.

If they win, the funds to create a cultural arts café in Leicester and host a cultural talent show that will culminate in the winners performing at the Cosmopolitan Carnival in the city centre on 12 August 2017.

The group is calling on people in Leicester, Leicestershire and the East Midlands to vote for the group’s project. Voting opened on 20 March and closes at noon on 3 April 2017. You can cast a vote for the group’s ‘Celebration of Cosmopolitan Leicester’ project at

Cosmopolitan Arts director and founder, Amanda Leandro said: “We want to bring everyone in Leicester and Leicestershire together by creating a cafe that will act as a cultural arts hub that is accessible to all, so that people can share and enjoy each other’s heritage, culture and arts. The Cultural Arts Cafe will help create a better understanding of the wonderful, vibrant, diverse mix that makes up our magnificent city and promote social harmony, and it will deliver a regular and continues programme of cultural activity.”

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”

The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 develop their project further.

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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