Made In England
Made in Leicester
Leicester’s growth and importance as centre for immigration - especially from the Indian subcontinent, Poland and Africa, make it a rich centre for arts and culture.
The city has numerous arts venues, including the Phoenix Arts Centre and the City Gallery. Curve, a brand new performing arts centre is scheduled to open in the city in autumn 2008.
In literature, contemporary novelist Julian Barnes hails from Leicester and has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times.
Playwright Joe Orton enjoyed a short put prolific career in the 1960s. Always controversial, Leicester-born Orton’s satirical plays such as ‘Loot’ and ‘What the Butler Saw’ shocked and amused audiences in equal measure before his tragic murder at the age of 34.
Annual music festival Summer Sundae is one of the leading events in the UK, always featuring an eclectic selection of top artists. Bands from the city to have made an impact include Kasabian and Cornershop. Venues such as De Montford Hall, the Charlotte and the two universities play host to local and touring bands.
The city also has a number of other festivals throughout the year. The annual Diwali celebrations are the biggest outside of India and Leicester also hosts the second largest Caribbean Carnival in the UK (after Notting Hill). The Leicester Comedy Festival is also one of the largest in the country.
Made in England
Made in England is a joint partnership between BBC English Regions and Arts Council England to bring audiences and artists together in unique collaborations to provide exciting new cultural experiences.
Made in England is a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people - is expressed through creative and artistic forms.
Think about the Lake District - dramatic and elegant, the lush greens and icy blues depicting an unspoilt England. William Wordsworth was so inspired by the landscape he wrote poems, sonnets and ballads dedicated to it.
Non-traditional art is just as important to recognise - graffiti on the streets, estates built in the Sixties, and even regional accents. Does this architecture, history and culture inspire you to think of all things English?
If you’re bursting with enthusiasm at the thought of creating something - why don’t you see how you can get involved? Visit the main Made in England site to find out how you can get your creative juices flowing.
last updated: 18/04/2008 at 14:18