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Cosmopolitan Arts presents

COSMOPOLITAN ARTSFESTIVAL

WATCH THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL ON THE COSMOPOLITAN ARTS FACEBOOK PAGE or YOUTUBE CHANNEL

VISIT OUR IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION IN THE HAYMARKET CENTRE FROM 2ND OCTOBER

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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

Running order

Saturday 12th September
10am - 6:30pm

Major Ruse

Mr Shay

Shadeemus

AuB

Cosmopolitan Arts youth group

Richard C Bower

Cosmopolitan Unity project - Gujarati group

Euphoria

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

K9

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

GU-RU

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  facebook.com/CosmopolitanArts
and also on our Youtube channel
Who's On?

Who's on?

Comperes


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

Bands / Solo performers

DJs

Dance

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.

COSMOPOLITAN YOUTH PROJECT - 2 performances
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 facebook.com/CosmopolitanArts or on Youtube
Grand Finale Performance

Grand Finale Performance:

The Cosmopolitan Ensemble present 'COSMOPOLITAN SPECTACULAR'