Braunstone Library open mic night encourages young talent 

Josiah Holloway

A number of performers showcased their talent at Braunstone Library last night.

Around 50 people attended the event to either watch or perform on Thursday, October 30 between 5pm until 7pm.

Tracey Inchley, Senior Community Librarian, said: “This year has gone very well. We held some other open mic nights in the summer, it allows people to show off their work or talent in a friendly environment and get a confidence boost.”

Acts included dancing, poetry and one particularly energetic performance of thriller by a small group of children dressed in Halloween costumes.

Grace and The Magic Roots, a Leicester based duo that have played numerous festivals and toured across the UK, also made an appearance and performed some of their own music.

Jayne Williams, Artist in Residence, said: “It gives children the opportunity to dance and experience the library for something fun and interesting.

“They can get advice or help off older performers which can really help develop their skills.”

Clara Franklin, 18, who attended the event said: “Everyone was dressed up which I wasn’t expecting, but the children looked so adorable dressed as pumpkins singing.

“I go to the library a lot to do work and stuff like this really offers a nice distraction.”

Braunstone Library is hoping to continue last night’s success with more open mic performances in the future.

Tracey Inchley said: “It’s really important to get children involved with learning from a young age, that’s why we’re planning to put on a number of plays in conjunction with Leicester’s Sparks Festival.

“The testimonies of people from Leicester involved in World War 1 have been written into works of fiction and will be shown in the upcoming months.”

More information on the upcoming plays ‘The Petal and the Wire’ and ‘The First’ can be found at

Below: Vijay Kanabar, Leicester City Council Librarian


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