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Still set to shine…

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We may have been beaten to the title of UK City of Culture, but that means people won’t have so long to wait to enjoy the highlights of Leicester’s bid.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby has announced that some of the main events will now come together in a new festival in 2014/15. Full details will be revealed soon.

Read our latest news release here

Scroll down to read more about our bid…

Winning the bid

Our bid will showcase Leicester’s strengths as a cultural destination: a city that’s attractive to its residents, many visitors, and potential investors. We will do this in four ways…

Building pride in our city

We will build up pride in Leicester making our city more visible to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

Opening up culture to all

We want to open up culture to everyone in the city, county and beyond. We also want our activities, people and venues to create cultural opportunities and long lasting partnerships.

Sharing the benefits

We will share the success of our growing visitor economy, and the expertise of our creative industries, by increasing opportunities to learn about culture through education and training.

Connecting young people with culture

We want our young people to enjoy culture. Over 50% of our population is under 30 and we want them to engage with culture and the wider city.

An eventful city

Our cultural scene covers art, craft and design, dance, film, music and theatre. We also have a great track record for hosting big events and a rich history that includes the recent discovery of King Richard III’s remains.


Leicester’s Diwali celebrations are some of the biggest outside of India, with up to 35,000 people attending the annual switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road.

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

Britain’s longest-running comedy festival and “one of the top five comedy festivals in the world” (The Guardian).

Richard III Exhibition

This record–breaking exhibition tells the story of King Richard III, his life and the search for his lost remains.

What’s on now…

  • 17/03 Open 25 - Final week

    The annual Open exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for young and established artists to…

  • 26/04 St. George's Festival

    Enjoy the annual family friendly festival on Orton Square featuring a special appearance from Mike…

  • 24/04 Vikings Live From The British Museum

    This special event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend,…

Back our bid

Help us become UK City of Culture 2017 by backing our bid.

You can show your support on twitter and facebook. You can also take part in our events, and contact us to get involved.