Local families are in for a treat to start the summer holidays as Leicester based ArtReach hosts exciting free performances, from internationally renowned Romanian company Masca Theatre, in Leicester Cathedral Gardens during the first week of the summer break.

Masca Theatre, currently on its first ever UK tour, will perform The Forgotten Crafts of Paris, live in the Cathedral Gardens for all to enjoy free. Performances on Wednesday 18 will be at 11.30am/2pm and 4pm but performances on Thursday 19 July are at 12pm and 2.30pm. To celebrate the centenary year of Romania’s unification an incredible mobile performance will also be performed to stun audiences in the beautiful Cathedral Gardens.

The UK wide tour, featuring exceptional performers from Bucharest, includes appearances at Winchester Hat Fair (the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts) and Lincoln Castle’s summer programme of events Castle of Legends. Then the performances appear in Leicester Cathedral Gardens (18 & 19 July) before the tour culminates at the ArtReach produced Night of Festivals London (21 & 22 July) in the heart of the capital’s cultural epicentre on London’s South Bank.

As part of the accompanying event programme for Arabella Dorman’s Suspended, a major installation in Leicester Cathedral, the performances from Masca will bring to life characters of Parisian street traders, transporting you back in time to discover the forgotten crafts through mime, powerful masks, costumes and unrivalled theatricality.

David Hill, Director of ArtReach said: “Thanks to funding from Arts Council England we’re able to host the first ever UK tour from this highly acclaimed company. It’s great to have Masca Theatre as one of the accompanying events alongside the Suspended programme. The company delivers riveting performanceswith accomplished actors delivering a range of characters that are presented through silent comedy, mask, costume and unrivalled theatricality. Without a doubt the Masca Theatre Company is one of Romania’s finest theatrical exports.”

Audiences will also have the chance to explore Arabella Dorman’s Suspended, an artwork that explores and highlights the current worldwide refugee crisis, currently on display inside the Cathedral. This touching and poignant installation is a huge display of items of people’s clothing discarded on the Greek island Lesbos as the wave of refugee’s undertook their life threatening journeys to Europe.

The Suspended installation is on display for 10 weeks as part of ArtReach’s Journeys 2018 and culminates at Journeys Festival International (17-26 August) with a live concert and film screenings over the bank holiday weekend.

With Arabella Dorman’s Suspended installation available to explore inside and world-class performances in the Cathedral Gardens (18 and 19 July), ArtReach offers a fantastic way for families to kick start their summer holidays and experience top quality culture in the city – without having to spend anything!

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