MON 22 – FRI 26 MAY
The Spark Festival, Leicester, 22 – 29 May
The largest children’s arts festival in England & Wales presents the very best theatre, dance, music, visual arts and digital media events for young people aged 0 – 13 years. This year there’s a jam-packed schedule of events taking place all over the place including Curve and Attenborough Arts Centre. Don’t miss the mini arena for MamaBabaMe to witness this exciting new dance, theatre and live music experience made especially for infants and their grownups. There’s also a Baby Disco, story-telling, dance performances, free activities and festival workshops.
Jewellery taster workshop, Market Harborough, Mon 22 May
Enjoy an introduction to jewellery making where you will make some simple pieces of jewellery. If you’re not a beginner, feel free to pop along tackle more complex projects. The workshop will be led by Katharine Wright and costs £10.
Festival 2 Funky, Leicester 22- 28 May
Now in its 4th year, Festival2Funky will be a fantastic celebration of Black music and arts, running at 2Funky Music Café. Seven days of unmissable bands, artists, DJ’s, comedians, masterclasses, workshops and B-Boys will include a range of high profile artists. This urban festival brings together a brilliant line up of artists in the city, in one venue over seven days. Highlights include Germany-based Akua Naru, Nia Soul with her full band, talented duo Lotto Boyz. There’s also poetry, comedians, dancers and fun workshops including vocal mastercalsss from Bizzi Dixon (finalist in BBC’s The Voice), a DJ masterclass run by world DMC Champion Jon1st, a comedy jam and dance battles.
Breakin’ Convention, Curve, Leicester 23 – 24 May
This super hip and happening ground-breaking festival of hip hop dance theatre, features a line-up of jaw-dropping performances by companies from around the world and around the corner. Expect DJs, dancers, live aerosol art, MCs and freestyle sessions take over the building in the ultimate celebration of hip hop culture. Hosted and curated by UK hip hop theatre legend Jonzi D, this show brings some of the world’s best poppers, lockers, b-boys and B-girls together to dance with local dance crews. This year’s acts have come from South Korea, South Africa and Canada and will perform alongside Wayward Thread, Code Crew, Tozer Dance Studios, Hibword & SuperCedric and Take 1 Dance
Glastonbudget, Turnpost Farm, 26 – 28 May
Take a mahoosive farm, pitch up a couple of tents, add some booze, and a string of musicians to perform over three days and what do you get? Glastonbudget that’s what! Running since 2005, the festival has grown in popularity and what initially started as a festival for tribute bands, now also showcases new acts. This year the tribute bands line up includes, Fell Out Boy, Guns 2 Roses, Who’s Who, Totally Tina, Oasish (i love where this is heading) Fleetwood Back, The Bootleg Beatles and many more.
Bring The Paint, Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, Sat 27 May
This free international street art festival will see artists come together to transform Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Bringing with them high impact, high quality and huge scale street art, the Cultural Quarter will play host to live artworks, music, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX and a range of creative activities and exhibitions. Artwork being produced includes window illustrations, pop up street art exhibitions and major graffiti walls. There will also be music food and free after parties at The Soundhouse and The Shed. The event runs from 11am-4pm.