Now in it’s 5th year, Leicester’s City Festival has fast become one of the key events in the cultural calendar, bringing performance, film, art, comedy and music in to the heart of the city. As well as it’s own boutique events it also acts as an umbrella under which some of our world beating festivals in their own right like An Indian summer, Journeys Festival international, Night of Festivals and Leicester Mela all occur, and consequently there’s an unbelievable amount going on. You can find the full programme online, but here are our picks of things to do over the course of the festival…

Leicester Music Trail

Friday 11th – Monday 28th August
A new citywide initiative which celebrates music in all it’s forms. This trail links venues across the city – mixing regular music activities with special events. – 7vmm.net

Ride Leicester Festival

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th August
Leicester is increasingly becoming a cycle friendly city, and this two week long series of events wants to celebrate that. Ride Leicester Festival includes the Castle Classic race, family rides, rickshaws and cycling movies. – visitleicester.info

70 Rickshaws

Sunday 13th August – Cathedral Gardens
One of the keynote events of An Indian summer, which contributes it’s many events to City Festival’s programme, this Kicks off the journey through UK-india year of culture. Departing from Cathedral Gardens, 70 Rickshaws will lead thousands of cyclists through the streets of Leicester. Rides depart on the hour every hour. – indiansummer.org.uk

Night of Festivals South Asia

Monday 14th – Saturday 19th August
Celebrating 70 years of Indian and Pakistani independence, Night of Festivals South Asia is bringing live music, dance, street art, film and more to the city centre and many of Leicester’s neighbourhoods to celebrate the vibrancy of south asian cultures and contemporary art. – Nightoffestivals.org

Outdoor Cinema

Friday 18th August – Jubilee Square
An Indian summer and Night of Festivals are partnering to put on this keynote city festival event – a spectacular outdoor cinema screening of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – one of the biggest Bollywood films of all times. – indiansummer.org.uk

The Big Weekend

Friday 25th – Monday 28th August
Celebrating it’s 25th birthday next year, Leicester Comedy Festival is bringing a taste of some of the fest bits of it’s annual laugh-a-thon to the city festival. – big-weekend.com

Journeys Festival International

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th August – Jubilee Square
Journey’s Festival Celebrates the incredible creative contribution that refugees and asylum seekers make by sharing their work and stories through art and culture. The event brings together influences from around the world with a music stages, street food vendors and creative workshops. – journeysfestival.com

City Festival includes this and tons more and runs from Saturday 12th to Monday 28th August across Leicester.

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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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