A fantastic weekend in Leicester, as part of the City Festival, brought the current tour of Night of Festivals to a lively and successful conclusion.

The Festival has visited four locations since September 2013 – Nottingham, Boston, Slough and most recently Leicester, with over 100,000 people enjoying the event. Additionally, the exciting opportunity to participate in carnival performance, Samba dance, music workshops and visual arts activity attracted hundreds of local participants giving the Festival an extra ingredient at each location. A new and vital feature for Night of Festivals Leicester was the stunning textile installation ‘Silkscape’. International artist Ali Pretty worked with a team of local artists and practitioners helping create a vibrant and illustrative ‘Freedom Map’ of Leicester painted on a 32 metre length of silk.

Night of Festivals regulars, Sura Susso, VOICE, and Tongue Fu (among others) performed intriguing material in front of the Leicester crowds, who were enthralled by the musical performances. With Humberstone Gate packed over the two days, there was a carnival atmosphere in the air with sizzling interventions by Paraiso Samba and Mandinga Arts providing fun Animal Farm themed carnivals for the local participants to dance their way down the High Street. See ‘Gallery’ for images

ArtReach wants to thanks all those who have participated and come along to enjoy Night of Festivals, as well as key partners who have supported the project through commissioning or artistic engagement. Funding partners are credited below, but the following delivery partners (in addition to individual artists and performers) have been critical to ensuring the success of this exciting Festival:

  • Mandinga Arts
  • Paraiso Samba
  • City Arts Nottingham
  • Stage Right Productions

ArtReach is now busy developing plans for the next version of Night of Festivals in 2015. Watch this space…….we anticipate there will be news of development plans before the end of the year!

And if you feel like sharing what a great time you had at Night of Festivals via Facebook or Twitter, don’t forget to hash tag #NightofFestivals