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.
We have delivered some hugely successful projects and events over the years through the support of our fantastic funders.
Large-scale events


Our annual Cosmopolitan Carnival and spectacular combined arts grand finale shows have taken place at various sites across the city centre since 2014, and before that on a smaller scale at the Manor House Community Centre.

Funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All, Leicester City Council, The National Lottery Community Fund


Chinese New Year celebrations in Leicester city centre and spectacular combined arts performances 

Funded by Arts Council England & Leicester City Council

Research Projects


Chinese Heritage Project - the first ever groundbreaking project to document Chinese heritage in Leicester

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

Cosmopolitan Leicester


We are delivering the first ever project looking into cultural diversity in Leicester. This project will run from 2019 - 2022, we will create an academic paper and documentary of our findings. We will work with 15 different cultural groups over 3 years, producing a series of workshops to create artefacts and performances within the Cosmopolitan Carnival. We will also run a celebration event within each community that we work in.

Funded by the The National Lottery Community Fund

Youth Projects


We work in Highfields, one the most culturally diverse areas of the city, with the most 0-15 years and high levels of deprivation. 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

Previous Funders include: