From this week, Highcross will be home to the shipping container cocktail bar BoxBar.

If you’re going to the city for a beer this weekend, there’s an exclusive bar you can check out. 

box bar opening in leicester

By Darnell James

From Friday, April 30, BoxBar will reopen in the Highcross shopping centre, selling drinks, beers, ciders, and more. 

Over the bank holiday weekend, the fun transformed retail container will be in St Peter’s Square, before returning the next weekend. 

BoxBar was founded at the end of 2019 by three friends who came up with the idea for a funky mobile bar and wanted to build it in a former shipping container. 

For the second time, BoxBar will visit the Highcross shopping centre and will serve a variety of drinks, including strawberry daiquiri, passion fruit martini, and pina colada. There will also be beers like Peroni and ciders like Thatchers available, as well as other beverages. 

A dining area will be available where you can unwind with a beer and catch up with friends. Beer pong and ping pong are also available. 

The visit of the bar to Highcross isn’t the only shipping container project in the works for the city center. 

As part of a city council initiative to open up the St Martin’s shopping district, two vacant shops near Leicester Market will be demolished to make way for a new £2.6 million pedestrian connection between Green Dragon Square and Cank Street. 

The car park at the rear of the shops, which would be freed up by the demolition, may be the site of a small, box-park-style building, in which shipping containers are used as pop-up venues for independent shops, bars, and restaurants, according to Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby. 

Samuel Adowente a former dmu student stated: “I can’t wait for this to arrive finally something different to go to”. 

From Friday, April 30 to Monday, May 3, the bar will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and from Friday, May 7 to Sunday, May 9, it will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

It is necessary to make a reservation in advance. Email @boxbar presents on Instagram or Facebook to reserve a table. 

Spill the Equali-Tea – a limited podcast series on social justice issues

Second year Broadcast Journalism students have produced a limited podcast series exploring a range of social justice issues in society as part of their radio journalism module. Each episode is 10 minutes long and is fronted by individual students. Topics include the gender pay gap in media industries, gender inequality in football, financial struggle due to Covid-19, and inequality in the stock market.

Listen via here or search for Spill the Equali-tea on Spotify/Apple podcasts

Visitors invited to enjoy charity health, wellbeing, food and music event

By Darnell James

The Sue Young Cancer Support charity will be celebrating its 40th anniversary partnering with ‘Leicester’s Big Weekend’ this summer. 

Leicester Big weekend event arriving this summer

From the moment a cancer diagnosis is made, the Leicestershire-based charity delivers logistical and emotional cancer support to local cancer patients.

Family members and carers are also affected by the disease, which is why the charity supplies support in all programs to family members and carers, including a lifeline through a time of mental and physical upheaval for everyone that has been affected by such a diagnosis. 

On its website, the charity states: “Our mission is to empower people to help themselves, by actively promoting self-help, mutual support and equal access to all cancer and care service in our locality Leicestershire and Rutland. 

“We offer impartial and confidential guidance, practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer; to those diagnosed, their family members and carers.

“We also provide an opportunity to have views and concerns heard about cancer services in our area and will consider how else we can better our services to cater for those service users who require them.” 

The event will be on the 14th-15th August 2021, at the Harborough Showground in Gallow Field Road (LE16 7QB). 

There will be live music from a choice of huge names such as Roman Kemp, Ultimate Coldplay, Tiny Pigeons, Little Fix and many more, as well as children’s entertainment and over 200 food stalls, plus Billy Bates Fun Fair. 

A wellbeing area is also being offered, where visitors will be able to take part in interactive and informative talks, indulge in complimentary therapies as well as join fitness taster sessions.

The Wellness tent will supply space to relax in the designated quiet zone for people to experience the benefits from group meditation and mindfulness, which is sponsored by Spectrum Health.  

Susan, a student at the University of Leicester, who did not want to be fully named, said: “Can’t wait to go to this show, it’s the first time we have been to one of these.” 

Ticket sales from this event will be donated to Sue Young Cancer Support charity. 

To book tickets or for enquiries please visit http://www.leicestersonebigweekend.com/ 

I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse!

By Darnell James

Some of the actors behind infamous characters from Mafia hit series The Sopranos will be coming to Leicester next month to chat to a public audience. 

Anyone interested in getting the genuine story behind what critics viewed as a masterpiece series is invited to book a seat to In Conversation with The Sopranos, which will be held at De Montfort Hall on Wednesday, June 9.

Without precedent for the United Kingdom, Steven Schirripa (Bobby ‘Bacala’), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), and Vincent Pastore (‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero) will take guests behind the scenes of the incredible show – the accounts, the dramatizations, the snickers – as well as the incalculable speculations about the show’s disputable finale.  

A family on-set and off, they will take a profound look into the connections framed during the show’s eight-year run, and the effect that their on-screen capo, James Gandolfini, had on their vocations and lives.  

Hold onto your opportunity to ask anything you’ve for a long while been itching to think about the show, with a crowd of people Q and A.  

We addressed various of students in Leicester that these acclaimed characters are facilitating an occasion who are energised and anxious to join in. 

Reanne Richardson, who studies drama at De Montfort University, said: “Me and my friends are interested in going. I haven’t escaped my yard in a very long time due to this lockdown, I liked the movie and I’m an actor so I have questions on what showbusiness is like and how I can step my foot in it.”  

If you are a fan of the show, or you’re interested in getting behind the scenes info, do not miss In Conversation with The Sopranos, which has been rescheduled from May 23 last year. 

All tickets, including pre-booked venue parking, will remain valid for the new date. If you need to contact us to discuss your booking, please email. dmh-office@leicester.gov.uk 

Art AI Festival returns to Leicester

 By Darnell James

The award winning online Art AI Festival will be returning to Leicester next month showcasing a progression of imaginative artificial intelligence works of art.

Artworks by international artists working with artificial intelligence technologies will be on display from May to October 13. 

The festival is an association between De Montfort University, Phoenix, High Cross and Luba Elliott with extra help from Arts Council England, in association with Leicestershire Partnership Trust NHS, Leicester City Council Central Library, Haymarket Shopping Centre and Haymarket Theatre.  

The festival started as a wide conversation between Luba Elliott (Curator) and Tracy Harwood (Festival Director).

Luba had considerable experience of running a London Meeting focusing in on Creative AI that has produced worldwide interest.

Tracy has a specific interest in drawing in crowds ahead of the schedule and her exploration takes a glimpse at the effect this has in evolving practices.

Tracy and Luba aim to discover novel approaches to raise people’s comprehension of the abilities and question marks around AI.  

They linked up with Chris Tyrer, the computerized expressions program chief at The Phoenix, a regular home in Leicester for discussions about contemporary advanced expressions.

With a minuscule spending plan of just £4,000 given to them by the #DMULocal scheme, the four accomplices had success organising the first festival in 2018.

The occasion drew intensely on one of Tracy’s associates at the Institute of Creative Technologies, Fabrizio Poltronieri, whose work of art, Hatred Apparatus, had appeared at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and later was shown as a live AI in High Cross Shopping Centre.

They also used Twitter to react to tweets that referenced #LoveLeics in a message, drawing on an enormous dataset of verse that it had been prepared with.

This year, there will be pieces of artwork situated around the city centre, including The Phoenix, Central Library, High Cross, Haymarket and Haymarket Theatre.  

For a guide and program, with more information on events, plus to make bookings visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-ai-festival-online-programme-registration-137154971211 

For further information please visit the festival website.