FUNDED EVENTS +
Cosmopolitan Arts specialise in taking arts to people who don't usually have the opportunity to access the arts or culture, creating arts projects and events that focus on celebrating cultural diversity to help break down barriers.
Here is a selection of the hugely successful projects and events, which we have delivered through the support of our fantastic funders.
Cosmopolitan Arts Festival
We have delivered the Cosmopolitan Arts Festival in Leicester city centre since 2011, to celebrate cultural diversity through the arts and break down cultural barriers. It usually spans the city centre with multiple stage areas and cultural arts activities, however during lockdown we moved online to keep the festival going. We create large-scale spectacular performances using combined arts and digital technology, and have developed this to also include immersive digital arts exhibition experiences.
Funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All, Leicester City Council, The National Lottery Community Fund
Chinese New Year
Since 2017 we have worked with the Chinese community and university students in both Leicester and Leicestershire, to create multifaceted Chinese New Year celebrations in the city centre, including musical performances, dance, traditional skills workshops and displays of martial arts.
Funded by Arts Council England & Leicester City Council
Cosmopolitan Unity Project
Since 2019 we have delivered a research based project working with 15 different cultural groups, to explore why they settled in Leicester, if they felt part of the city and if they had experienced racism. We delivered workshops to create artefacts and performances for the Cosmopolitan Arts Festival, Professor Momodou Sallah created an academic report and Keith Allott created a series of documentaries from interviews conducted over the 3 year period.
Funded by the The National Lottery Community Fund
An immersive digital arts exhibition experience using ambisonic sound and 3D image. We focused on 4 cultures to explore racism and the experiences of these cultures within society. We commissioned artists to create content using a combined arts approach.
Funded by Arts Council England, Leicester City Council
Made in China
The first ever research project into Chinese heritage in Leicester and Leicestershire. We created a documentary, exhibition and website to display our findings.
Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund
Visit www.leicesterchineseheritage.co.uk for more details
We have worked with young people at the African Caribbean Centre in Leicester since 2015, producing many exciting and engaging arts based projects, the song in the video below was created during lockdown on Zoom and was part of the Cosmopolitan Arts Festival 2020
We work in Highfields, one the most culturally diverse areas of the city, with high levels of deprivation amongst the young. The Cosmopolitan Music project provides free music lessons for 9-17 year olds. Funded by Youth Music
At our regular Cosmopolitan Arts Camps, we work with young people delivering arts and cultural based projects, to raise their aspirations, teach them transferrable and interpersonal skills and increase empowerment. Funded by Children in Need