Cosmopolitan Arts presents





A new kind of festival for Leicester

Cosmopolitan Arts Festival has been celebrating the wide cultural mix in Leicester through all artforms for 9 years now.


Since COVID-19 is still preventing large-scale gatherings, this year's festival is taking place

online, with artists' performances available to watch via Facebook Live.


We also have a special audiovisual exhibition within the Haymarket Centre in Leicester City Centre, the festival's natural home.

​We have booked a fantastic line up this year of local, national and international artists, performing music, dance, acrobatics, pyrotechnics and spoken word.  There is something for everyone, as the event involves many different art forms, cultures and genres.

The festival will be broadcast from 10am til 6.30pm on Saturday12th and Sunday 13th, with both days culminating in our dazzling 'Cosmopolitan Spectacular' finale performance, which was filmed recently at De Montfort Hall.


Running order

Saturday 12th September
10am - 6:30pm

Major Ruse

Mr Shay



Cosmopolitan Arts youth group

Richard C Bower

Cosmopolitan Unity project - Gujarati group


Lekan Babalola

Natalie James

Tann-I Browne

Cosmopolitan Unity project - Nigerian group

Cosmopolitan Unity project - Gambian group

Confucius Institute

Andrea Kenny

Cosmopolitan Arts youth group

Sorry Grace

Angelica Baylor

Chica Bonita

Status Trio

Demi Essex

Hiro x Ilke-Ta


Finale Performance - Cosmopolitan Spectacular Show

DJ Psykhomantus

Sunday 13th September
10am - 6:30pm

The FourMasons

Cosmopolitan Unity project - Braunstone group

Cosmopolitan Arts youth group

Out of Karma

Unspeakable Echo

Cosmopolitan Unity project - Filipino group

King Brasstards

Chica Bonita

DJ Paul Lewis

A-Team fitness

King Rezz


Natalie James

Finale Performance - Cosmopolitan Spectacular Show

DJ Selectress

Demi Essex

DJ Spezial Sound System

See below for details of all bands, performers, DJs and special group projects

All sets will be broadcast in the above order on
and also on our Youtube channel

Who's on?


Kevin Ncube (BBC Radio Leicester)
Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM)

Bands / Solo performers



Spoken word

COSMOPOLITAN UNITY PROJECT - 5 cultural group performances

Cosmopolitan Arts are delivering a three-year project working with 15 different cultural groups, 5 each year. We are focusing on cultural differences to find out how these communities feel that they are viewed and treated. We are delivering workshops to create performances that display each culture within the Cosmopolitan Arts Festival, to help break down barriers and promote better understanding and social harmony.


We are also creating a documentary and academic report to help support these communities and find solutions. This year we are working with the following communities: Nigerian, Gambian, Filipino, Gujurati and Braunstone. Throughout the two day event you will see performance from these communities that have been put together during lockdown via Zoom sessions. A big thank you to the tutors and the funder Big Lottery Fund.

During lockdown and extended lockdown throughout the summer holidays, we commissioned professional musicians and tutors, to work with a group of young people from Highfields on a daily basis.

The young people created songs in response to being in lockdown - one is a song with a full ensemble of instruments and vocalists, the other is a rap song with a digital backing track. The participants wrote the lyrics, composed the music and performed.


They also created the music videos and learned a lot throughout the process, including: lyric writing skills, digital music creation, composing, playing an instrument, singing, directing, chorography, filming, editing both music and film. Most of all they had a lot of fun and were kept occupied during a very difficult time. A big thank you to the tutors and the funders Children in Need and the Leicestershire Music Hub, you have truly made a difference to these young people's lives.

Watch all the sets from this year's festival at or on Youtube

Grand Finale Performance:

The Cosmopolitan Ensemble present 'COSMOPOLITAN SPECTACULAR'

Cosmopolitan Ensemble involves some of the very best musicians and artists from Leicester.


We compose, write and create new work, which is a fusion of many modern, traditional and world instruments, blending many genres and styles of music with jazz, with an exciting combined arts approach, using film, animation, light and dance.


This dazzling, spectacular performance celebrates cultural diversity and is an astounding audiovisual treat. This year we have created a response to racism and Black Lives Matter, with fantastic lyrics and vocals from the enormously talented Jafro, the ultimate soulful diva Lisa Millet and fabulous wordsmith Mr Shay.

The finale performance will be broadcast on Saturday and Sunday evening, and will feature animation by Barret Hodgson and dance from Demi Essex. Amanda Leandro is the producer and Art Director.

Providing the diverse musical landscape are:

Adrian Blissett (bass / composer)
Richard Everitt (baritone saxophone / composer)
Andy Price (keyboard)
Malc D'Sa (drums)
Les Hayden (guitar)
Marcus Joseph (alto saxophone)
Gareth John (trumpet)
Hari Trivedi (tabla).


Our music and performance is evocative in delivery, as we want to deliver a positive message of cultural unity and integration. The lyrics speak of the Windrush generation, the origins of racism and why it occurs and what it feels like to be on the receiving end.


Regardless of the subject matter, this is a fully immersive spectacular performance that is completely entertaining and a feast for your eyes and ears.

Watch the Cosmopolitan Spectacular performance at or on Youtube
along with all the other sets from this year's festival

Audiovisual Exhibition

This is a bespoke performance created for this event and also a breath-taking immersive audio-visual exhibition experience, using animation, projection and music, which shall be based within a shop on the ground floor in the Haymaket shopping centre from 25th September, anyone come along and see the exhibition its free.


A massive thank you to our funders Arts Council England, for allowing us to create ground-breaking work and fulfil our creative vision.

FROM 2nd OCTOBER, 11am-4pm
Unit 10 (ground floor)
Haymarket Shopping Centre