City council collaborates with art team to create graffiti guidebook

By Muhsin Cabdi

Leicester City Council has compiled a guidebook detailing works of street art all over the city.

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Leicester is home to a variety of creative street artists and their works

The Leicester Street Art Guide was compiled through the joint efforts of the Leicester City Council and an independent arts association.

Graffwerk is a multifaceted arts project team that aims to liven up city skylines using aerosol street art.

The team was founded Anthony Overend and Izzy Hoskins, who now work as the team’s Company Directors.

Among the team’s many successes is an annual festival known as Bring the Paint.

They focus their efforts on developing sites where individuals can legally create street art as well as offering workshop activities and engaging with the Arts Council.

The guide was compiled by Graffwerk to showcase the vibrant street art scene that has long been established within the city and to act as an aid for people to connect with the art either as an observer or as a participant.

Anthony Overend, co-founder of Graffwerk, said: “Leicester has a lot of visiting artists and it makes sense to offer a guide of what’s out there.”

He also said: “The guide is intended for anyone with an interest in or developing an interest in street art or graffiti.”

The guide was the result of a collaborative effort; it was compiled by Graffwerk with support from Leicester City Council and the mayor.

The guide contains a list of sites that have exceptional works of art as well as the street art made by well-known street artists featured in the guide.

These include artists such as Smug, Won ABC, CanTwo, Bates, Voyder, Boogie & Hombre, MONO, KINOS, Ruelo, COST, ZOMBY and Philth to name but a few.

The guide also gives a brief rough summary of the works of art listed within and where they can be found.

Andrew said: “The highest density of large-scale artwork is situated within the Cultural Quarter so that would be a great area to start, at LCB Depot alone there are works by Smug, Won ABC and MONO.”

The next Bring the Paint festival is taking place in May 2019, and is sure to bring in newer art networks to Leicester, which may lead to updated versions of the guide being made.

VIDEO: Twenty thousand Leicester City fans march through city in ‘5000-1 Walk’ to honour club chairman

By Tyler Arthur 

Thousands of fans marched through the town centre to the Leicester City game on Saturday(NOV10) before they hosted Burnley, in honour of the victims of the recent helicopter crash.

The incident occurred after their game against West Ham on Saturday, October 27, when the Leicester owner’s aircraft came down and five people – including club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – were killed.

 

The ‘5000-1 Walk’ (also referred to by the hashtag #WalkForVichai) was an idea forged by two young sisters from the area, aged 14 and 11. The pair suggested that 5,000 fans should join the walk in memory of the Foxes’ Premier League win, with the bookies famously giving them odds of 5000-1 to win.

In reality, the idea ended up becoming even bigger than that, with an estimated 20,000 people participating in the event, alongside some of the club’s players, including defender Harry Maguire and forward James Maddison.

The walk departed from Jubilee Square and concluded at the King Power Stadium, just over 90 minutes before the Premier League fixture with Burnley.

Leicester City also announced that it will erect a new statue of the late Thai owner.

Chris Sansome, 25, who has been a Leicester fan for over a decade, said: “The walk today was amazing, the whole city came together – there was so many people. It was quite emotional, really.”

Paul Jeynes, 25, has been a season-ticket holder since 2002, and also attended the walk, he added: “The experience was absolutely surreal. The amount of people coming together to remember one man, it’s incredible. He was such a great guy, and he will be missed very dearly.”

The weather during the walk was awful, with rain pouring down over the chanting fans, for the entire duration. However in a fitting source of pathetic fallacy, as the spectators arrived at the ground, the sun came out and a rainbow formed overhead.

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FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS: The weather during the march was terrible, but the sun came out over the King Power Stadium as fans arrived, resulting in a rainbow above the mourning fans.  (Picture courtesy of Rebecka Mason)

De Montfort University student Rebecka Mason, 20, was one of a group working inside the stadium to supply goodie bags for fans at the game (including a special commemorative scarf, and some other items), throughout the morning.

She said: “It was eerily quiet in the stadium all morning, whilst we were placing the memorial bags under each chair, surrounded by the flowers and shirts dedicated to the chairman and other victims.

“But then, when I finished working and left, I was met by a huge sea of fans who had come together to celebrate the life and achievements of ‘The Boss’ – there was a real contrast to the cold and empty stadium.

“It was very obvious this weekend how appreciated and loved Vichai really was by the fans,” she concluded.

20,000 Leicester City fans march to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

By Ollie Churm

Thousands of Leicester City fans took part in a memorial walk on Saturday(NOV10) in honour of the five victims that were killed in the helicopter crash outside their stadium.

Around 20,000 supporters marched to the King Power Stadium to show their respects for the victims, ahead of the game against Burnley, which was the club’s first home game since the accident.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the former chairman of Leicester City, was among the five people who lost their lives in the devastating crash.

The march was called the 5,000-1 march, as a reminder of the odds that were put on Leicester City winning the league at the start of the 2016 Premier League season, which the club ended up winning.

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Will Harris, a Leicester fan that attended the march and game, said: “What a great day. From the 50,000 fans singing in the rain on the way to the stadium, to the pre-match tribute, singing the whole library of songs from the last eight years.

“It was great to see so many old faces there: Ranieri, Pearson, Shakespeare, Cambiasso and Konchesky. There’s really no better club than Leicester City.”

On Friday, the club also announced plans to erect a statue of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in front of the King Power Stadium (Leicester City’s home ground) to honour his contribution to the club and the city of Leicester.

“There’s only one Vichai and he’s forever in our hearts,” said Mr Harris.

Sir David Attenborough attends Leicester Remembrance Service

By Luke Smith

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Sir David Attenborough joined hundreds of others to join a wreath-laying ceremony at a Leicester Remembrance Day service on Sunday.

The broadcaster and naturalist was joined by his nephew, Michael Attenborough, and Professor Paul Boyle, vice chancellor of the University of Leicester, to lay a wreath in the parade held at Victoria Park.

Their attendance marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and the 100th anniversary of the first donation made to establish the University of Leicester.

Members of the armed forces marched from De Montfort Hall to the Arch of Remembrance, on a route lined with poppies made by children from local schools, guide and scout associations.

A service led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Rev Martyn Snow, was also held along with the two-minute silence at 11am.

Wreaths were also laid by the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, and representatives from local emergency services, military units and faith groups.

In a move to remember those who lost their lives in both World Wars, ten Perspex silhouettes of soldiers were also placed in the nave of Leicester Cathedral as part of the ‘There But Not There’ project, to represent people who died during service in the church they never returned to.

 

Leicester pays its respects during WW1 centenary Remembrance Day service

By Alex Murray

Thousands of people across Leicester and Leicestershire paid their respects for the fallen servicemen who fell during conflict, on the day marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Various events took place across the county and city on Sunday(NOV11), with Leicester turning out in force to pay its respects, including a big procession at the Arch of Remembrance at Victoria Park.

Members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets marched through the city, starting at the De Montfort Hall and ending up at the Arch of Remembrance in Victoria Park.

Poppies lined the route as Leicester joined the entire country in paying their respects for servicemen and women who lost their lives in battle.

People paid their respects at a two-minute silence at 11am, with wreaths then being laid at the memorial monument.

Sir David Attenborough was one of the people to lay a wreath at the arch, to mark 100 years since the first donation was made to found the University of Leicester.

Members of the public were also allowed to lay wreaths to show their respects after the ceremony had finished.

Alan Cole, a member of the public who attended the service, said: “I think it’s a very important moment in history to mark, 100 years since the end of the First World War.

“Lots of men and women have given their lives to protect the freedom that we take for granted nowadays, and it’s great to see so many people coming out to show their respect for that.

“The two-minutes silence was respected very well, and very much shows the sacrifices that our servicemen and women have given to our country.”

This year’s celebrations marked 100 years since the guns of the Western Front fell silent, and the First World War ended.

Over one million British and Commonwealth soldiers lost their lives during the war, including the battle of the Somme, 1916, where over 19,000 troops lost their lives on the first day alone, the bloodiest day in British military history.