Leicester’s Cosmopolitan Carnival – a part of the city festival – will take over the city centre this Saturday to celebrate Leicester’s vibrant cultural mix through the arts.

BBC Radio Leicester’s Kevin Ncube and Andrea Bennett, will compere the main stage in Jubilee Square while an impressive line up of live music, dance and art will take place in various locations across the city, including music from Leicester’s very own Mahalia, New Zealand’s Sola Rosa (who won best iTunes R&B album 2014), Nia Soul and The Sarah Bird Band. A range of free arts workshops will also be available including Chinese calligraphy, origami and dragon and lantern making.

The grand finale performance will be Cosmocular in Jubilee Square from 8:30pm, conceived, project managed and artistically directed by Amanda Leandro of Cosmopolitan Arts. This dazzling work will involve a large-scale animation dance piece and dazzling light show companied by a live music performance created by Richard Everitt and Carol Leeming. Vocals will come from Leicester’s very own Mr Shay and Carol Leeming, both of whom have specially written new pieces of work for this event.

There will be a citywide talent show stage at the Clock Tower compeered by well known artist The Orator. Judges on the day are Donna Philips’ from EAVA FM and nationally known musician Marcus Joseph. The finalists will battle it out to become Leicester’s most talented – with prizes up for grabs including a day at a recording studio and family tickets to 360 Play Leicester.

Humberstone Gate stage will host a vast array of cultural music, comedy and spoken word, including star Lil T, seven piece Chinese folk group Euphoria, Tabla group Hari Trivedi, and comedy from Ian Hall and Lindsay Warnes-Carroll – amongst much more.

On the High Street there will be a blend of activities and performances, including a vibrant dance performance area hosting every imaginable genre of dance. There will be a humorous street theatre, African drumming workshops, brass band performances from the ‘Southfields Concert Brass Band’ and activities from Talent Match.

There will also be an art gallery in the Highcross Leicester which will exhibit a host of local art.

Cosmopolitan carnival is free and takes place on Saturday 12th August across the city centre.

Chris is a Sparrow.

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