Cosmopolitan Arts presents
BROADCASTING LIVE on SAT 9th & SUN 10th April 2022
Watch online or on our screens in Leicester City centre
A selection of LIVE PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS at The Clock Tower from 12-3pm on 9th/10th April
Also, visit our IMMERSIVE DIGITAL EXHIBITION in the Haymarket Shopping Centre from 15-20 April
A unique festival for Leicester,
combining live and digital arts
Cosmopolitan Arts Festival has been celebrating the wide cultural mix in Leicester through all art forms for 10 years now.
After the success of last year's digital festival, this year's event is once again taking place online, with artists' performances available to watch via Facebook, YouTube and Twitch, as well as on screens in the Haymarket Shopping Centre and at Beta X Gallery on Church Gate.
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 11am til 7pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April, and both days will end with our dazzling 'Cosmopolitan Spectacular' finale performance, which was filmed recently at Green Dragon Square in Leicester City Centre.
There will also be a selection of live perfomances at The Clock Tower on both days.
See below for details of all performers
Saturday 9th April
11am - 7pm
Hosted by Kevin N’cube (BBC Radio Leicester)
Cosmopolitan Arts Young Peoples Project - Feeling Good
Cosmopolitan Arts Young Peoples Project - Four Seasons
Cosmopolitan Unity Project - Punjabi Community
Jesse Wright Band
DMU Big Band
Cosmopolitan Unity Project - Irish Community (Jackie Duffy)
Climate Song: Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir Eroor School (India)
Climate Song: Dar Al Marefa Private School (Dubai)
Strings of Fire - Jally Kebba Susso
Darien Prophecy & The Innerheart Band
Chinese New Year - Cosompolitan Arts and Traditional WUSHU
The COSMOPOLITAN ENSEMBLE present 'THE COSMOPOLITAN SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE'
Sunday 10th April
11am - 7pm
Hosted by Kevin N'cube (BBC Radio Leicester)
Cosmopolitan Arts Unity Project - Somali Community
Cosmopolitan Arts Young Peoples Project - We Got Fire
Cosmopolitan Arts Young Peoples Project - I Like The Cold
Sarah Bird Band
Cosmopolitan Arts Unity Project - Malaysian Community
'THE COSMOPOLITAN SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE'
Spreadbury, D'sa and Hewick
Cosmopolitan Arts Unity Project - Cameroonian Community
Harri Georgio feat. Matt Bury & Charlie Georgio
Kevin Ncube (BBC Radio Leicester)
Bands / Solo performers
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, through creating workshops, documentary and an academic report.
We delivered workshops to create performances that display each culture within the Cosmopolitan Arts Festival, to help breakdown barriers and promote better understanding and social harmony. This year we have been working with the Somali, Punjabi, Cameroonian, Malaysian and Irish communities. 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 Big Lottery Fund for supporting this project.
COSMOPOLITAN YOUNG PERSONS PROJECT
During lockdown and 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 and the other is a rap song with a digital backing track. The participants wrote the lyrics, composed the music and performed.
A huge thank you to the funders Mighty Creatives, The Leicestershire Music Hub, and NYJO you have truly made a difference to these young people's lives.