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Details of festivals and events taking place throughout Leicester this summer.

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  • The Queens Diamond Jubileeand The London 2012 Games

    LeicesterCelebrates

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    The Spark ChildrensArts Festival28th May -10th JuneVarious Venues

    Now in its 10th year, the SparkChildren's Arts Festival returns tovenues and schools around thecity. This two-week festival ispacked full of different shows,events and workshops for childrenand young people aged 0 - 13years. Includes the new joint EastMidlands Childrens Theatre andDance Festival Jump In, which ispart of the Cultural Olympiad.www.sparkfestival.co.uk

    Riverside Festival9th-10th JuneBede Park, Mile Straight &Western Boulevard

    One of Leicester's biggest free festivals,Leicester Riverside Festival is a livelyweekend of activities for the wholefamily. This popular festival offers boattrips, live music, a variety of food stallsfrom around the world, a Jubilee styleflotilla, displays and an exciting choiceof activities for all ages, making it a funpacked weekend. Sponsored byRiverside.www.leicester.gov.uk/riversidefestival

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    music, arts, crafts and food stalls, boatrides, childrens circus skills andtheatre activities as well as the everpopular maypole dancing for allthe family.www.leicester.gov.uk/castleparkfestival

    The Ride Leicester Festival23rd 27th AugustCity Centre

    Five days of cycling fun across the cityincluding the annual Skyride, whereyou can experience Leicester on traffic-free roads. All you need is your bikeand your zest to zoom around the cityon two wheels!www.goskyride.com/LeicesterSkyRide

    Paralympic FlameCelebration25th AugustThe Big Screen,Humberstone Gate

    As part of the build-up to the startof the London 2012 ParalympicGames, take part in a host offamily fun sporting activitiesthemed around the Paralympics.

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    Ping!30th June 29th JulyVarious Venues

    Leicester has been chosen as oneof eight key UK cities to host Ping2012 this summer. Ping Leicester isa month long festival which sees58 ping-pong tables pop upacross Leicesters landmarks,squares, cultural facilities,shopping centres, estates, parksand open spaces, health centres,offices and bus stations.www.pingleicester.co.uk

    Castle Park Old TownFestival20th 27th AugustVarious Venues inCastle Park Area

    Leicester has many Royalconnections and in celebration ofthe Queens Diamond Jubilee year,the theme of this years festival willbe Kings and Queens of England.The theme will be highlightedthroughout the festival withwalking tours, lectures andexhibitions. There will be a host ofchildrens activities on weekdays atvarious venues. The festival finalewill be the traditional family day atCastle Gardens, featuringhistorical re-enactments and walkabout royal characters, live

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    back to the days of travellingmenagerie shows, the sculpture isbased on the lions in RichardLionhearts crest and is hand-crocheted from 36 miles of yarnby artist Shauna Richardson.

    Sport Through the Ages2nd July 27th SeptemberRecord Office for Leicester,Leicestershire & Rutland.With a focus on grassroots ratherthan top-level competitive sport,this exhibition displays archivematerial about the development ofcricket, football, rugby, cyclingand swimming through localsports clubs, all of which haveinteresting and quirky stories.

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    Suits & Saris31st March 7th OctoberNew Walk Museum & ArtGallerySuits & Saris explores exchangesof fashion between Leicester, Indiaand East Africa. Visually exploreglobal and Leicester fashion storiesand see how they have influencedthe clothes you wear. Theexhibition also profiles thepreviously unexplored aspects ofBritish Asian fashion worlds, suchas the role of East African Asiansin Leicester. Suits & Saris is one ofthree Dress the World exhibitionsin the East Midlands, all part ofthe national Stories of the WorldCultural Olympiad project.

    Well Live and Die InThese Towns29th May 12th JuneLCB DepotAn exhibition of photographs bythree artists who grew up andstudied for their Masters Degree inPhotography in Leicester. The threeprojects reflect the diversecommunities that make Leicesterand aims to bring people into thegallery to celebrate their city,through engagement andparticipation in the work. All theimages are taken in variouslocations throughout Leicester fromJanuary 2012 and the project willend in December 2012.www.photofiction.org

    exhibitionsPatchwork Pledge28th June 10th JulyCurve Theatre (MezzanineLevel)The Lionheart Project inspired theMy Games My Legacy PatchworkPledge Project and got people ofall ages knitting or crochetingsquares to create one giantblanket. The outcome of all thiscreativity will be on display on theMezzanine level at Curve Theatre.

    Lionheart28th June 10th JulyOrton SquareMarvel at the amazing Lionheartproject as three giant lions in acustom-built, 16 metre glass casemake up the biggest crochetsculpture in the world. Harking

  • Summer Events onLeicesters ParksTake part in a wide variety of events andactivities this summer including streetdance, tai chi, yoga, cricket, dodge ball,cycling, scooting, orienteering, tennis,archery, skipping, zumba, cheerleading,running and rounders.

    For further details, pick upa free Parks Active leaflet,telephone 0116 252 7003or visit: www.leicester.gov.uk/parks

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    Diamond JubileeBig Lunch3rd June, 12 noon 5.30 pmThe Big Screen, HumberstoneGateAlongside celebrations across thenation, Leicester is holding aspecial Diamond Jubilee Big Lunchat the Big Screen. Bring yourfriends, family and a picnic andjoin in all the fun of an oldfashioned street party as themagnificent Jubilee flotilla isshown on the screen.

    Celebrate the JubileeWeekend3rd June, 1.00pm 4.00pmNewarke Houses Museum &GardensBring your own picnic to eat in ourtranquil garden, dress code - red,white and blue! Take part in thejubilee trail or enjoy the craftactivities. 2.50

    Lantern Making4th June, 11.00am 4.00pmNew Walk Museum & ArtGalleryCut out and decorate a paperlantern to take along to the Jubileebeacon lighting event at AbbeyPark in the evening. 2.50

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    Teddies JubileeRailway Day2nd June, 11.00am 4.30pmAbbey Pumping StationCelebrate The Queens DiamondJubilee and dress your teddy inred, white and blue. All teddiesand their owners can have a freeride on the museums railway.Bring a picnic - tables andrefreshments available. Admissionfree, a small charge for train rides.

    Jubilee Creativity3rd June, 12 noon 3.00pmNew Walk Museum & ArtGalleryBe inspired by all things red, whiteand blue as we celebrate the

    Jubilee with our early years messyplay activities. Drop-in event for0-5 years. 3.00

    The Sparks BIGJubilee Lunch3rd June, 12 noon 4.00pmMuseum Square, New WalkJoin us for a fun filled afternoonwith The Sparks BIG JubileeLunch. Interactive entertainmentwith street performers, visuallystunning antics, things to makeand do and a big band to keepeveryone in the party spirit. Bringyour picnic, your big hat for theparade and get involved with theBIG Lunch!

    Suits & Saris: Music &Dance Festival1st June, 7.00pm 9.00pmNew Walk Museum & ArtGallery2Funky Arts presents an eveningof Eastern and Western music anddance, exploring Suits & Saristhrough entertainment. ThinkBollywood break dancers, MCs insaris, singers in suits and a funkyfusion of east meets west! Fun forall the family, Suits & Saris is anon-stage, musical explosion offashion that complements theexhibition. Tickets: 4.00 / 2.50

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    Bardi Wind Orchestra9th June, 7.00pmDe Montfort HallA feast of musical entertainment tocelebrate Her Majesty's DiamondJubilee, ending with a rousing andpatriotic flag waving 'Last Night ofthe Proms' finale, includingJerusalem and Land of Hopeand Glory.Tickets: Check venue for details.

    London 2012Festival Launch21st JuneConcert 7.00pm 10.30pmThe Big Screen, HumberstoneGateThe London 2012 Festival is thefinale of the four-year CulturalOlympiad.

    Loneliness of the LongDistance Diva21st 22nd June, 7.45pmCurve TheatreA blend of spoken word and physicaltheatre with sublime music andstunning digital visuals. Written byCarol Leeming, this choreo-poem tellsthe story of the strength andvulnerability of a black diva.Tickets: Check venue for details.

    Supported using public funding from theNational Lottery from Arts Council England.

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    The Queens DiamondJubilee Beacon Lighting4th June, 9.00pm 10.30pmAbbey ParkCome and enjoy this very specialoccasion, marking 60 years of TheQueens reign. Watch the parkcome alive at dusk alongside theLeicester Sea Cadets who arecelebrating their 75th anniversary.There will be a lantern parade, firesculptures and performers,culminating with the lighting of thefixed beacon alongside beaconsacross the nation between10.00pm and 10.30pm.

    Jubilee Souvenirs6th June, 11.00am 3.00pmAbbey Pumping StationCelebrate the Queens DiamondJubilee by decorating a ceramicitem to keep, along with a crownto wear at your street party.Refreshments available.2.00

    Jubilee Street Party7th June, 11.00am 3.30pmBelgrave Hall Museum &GardensCome dressed in your fancy dresscostume, hunt for diamonds andjoin the end of day parade. Bringyour own picnic or buy lunch fromour event caf. 2.50

    Diamond Jubilee Concert& Beacon Lighting4th June, 6.00pm 11.00pmThe Big Screen, HumberstoneGateAs part of a weekend ofcelebrations across the city tomark the Queens DiamondJ