Leicester Cathedral welcomes all to immersive ‘sound and light installation’

by Abigail Beresford

Leicester Cathedral has been welcoming visitors this week to an immersive light and sound show, in co-ordination with Journeys Festival International, to allow attendees to connect with the world around them.

‘Where There is Light’ is an interactive experience, where visitors can walk amongst colourful and bright illuminations, whilst listening to the tranquil soundtrack of everyday people, discussing ways in which we can connect with our wider community, in hopes of improving cohesion.

ArtReach, BID Leicester, Leicester Cathedral have worked in conjunction with one another to bring the installation to Leicester.

“Where There is Light offers a beautiful moment, a break in people’s day-to-day lives, a space to look outside of themselves, to come together, and share a sense of connection and hope,” said Lynn Simmonds, General Manager of ArtReach.

“With the pandemic continuing to impact our daily lives, we hope to start to rebuild, reconnect, and transform how communities connect in a time of isolation and loneliness.”

The event is proving to be a popular hub for parents to entertain their children over the October half-term period.

“The kids have enjoyed trying something new and different, rather than being at home sat in front of their iPads all day,” said Logan McNamara, 34, father of two, visiting from Derbyshire.

“I think the concept is a great idea. Introducing children to a world where we are all connected with one another is an essential. A life of isolation is all they know because of the pandemic, so encouraging them to get involved with the community around them is a big deal!”

“I’ve loved that my children have enjoyed coming here! It has allowed them to learn more about the world around them, whilst relating it back to our religious background,” said Julia Wright, 40, from Leicestershire.

Leicester is the first destination for the event, running until October 24, before further progressing to Portsmouth and Manchester.

Tickets are offered on a ‘pay what you can’ arrangement, where attendees can choose to make a charitable donation, or attend for free.

To book your ticket, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/where-there-is-light-tickets-169977821239

De Montfort Hall to host Leicester Symphony Orchestra anniversary show

By Thomas Carter

The Leicester Symphony Orchestra will be returning to De Montfort Hall this Saturday (23OCT) for a show celebrating music of the past 100 years.

Conducted by John Andrews and titled ‘Carmina Burana’, the performance will be a cantata (vocals and instrumentals) in the style of German composer George Orff.

Soloists Mark Wilde (tenor), Gillian Ramm (soprano), Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), and the Leicester Cathedral Children’s Choir will also feature.

The performance will be the first of a series of shows for the orchestra’s 100th season, with ‘Music at the Movies’ and ‘Classic Elvis’ concerts set to follow later in the year.

For more information or to book tickets for the performance, visit: https://www.demontforthall.co.uk/event/carmina-burana/

Leicester restaurants set to participate in first-ever ‘Leicester Restaurant Week’

by Abigail Beresford

Knives and forks are at the ready as Leicester restaurants prepare to welcome food-lovers for the first-ever Leicester Restaurant Week, set to take place between October 18 and 24.

The city-wide event, supported by BID Leicester, allows food fanatics to feast at a variety of restaurants, at a discounted price to showcase the variety of cuisines that the city has to offer.

Restaurants set to participate include Queen of Bradgate, Wok Indo, The Globe, and many more.

“The week-long event will give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to try something new, or an excuse to head back to their favourite dining spot,” said Director of BID Leicester, Simon Jenner.

“Our aim with the first Leicester Restaurant Week is to showcase as many of our fantastic eateries as possible, as well as seeing so many great, one-week only offers coming through,” he added.

Fixed menus have been set by each of the restaurants to exemplify the delicious food that they have to offer, alongside great discounts.

“Chefs from all around the city have united to give a personal touch on their menus to encourage more people to dig in to their creative journey,” said Julia Sobutka, Deputy Manager of Queen of Bradgate.

“By participating, we are hoping to help create an amazing event that will make an impact, in ode to growing and exploring Leicester’s finest kitchens, whilst discovering new flavours that are right under our noses.”

New restaurants, and local favourites, have decided to participate to connect with the Leicester community, which is likely to grow the businesses.

“We have taken a giant leap from a tiny restaurant to being in Highcross. Leicester needed a fusion place, so we found a gap in the market for our cuisine,” said Ilesh Amlani, from Wok Indo.

For more information, and to see the range of local restaurants that are participating, visit https://leicesterrestaurantweek.co.uk .

DMU launches Black History Month microsite

By Thomas Carter

To celebrate Black History Month 2021, De Montfort University (DMU) has launched a dedicated microsite for the annual event.

The web page holds all of the key details students need to find out about events being put on by the university throughout the month.

Some of the features on the microsite include a list of cultural restaurant recommendations in Leicester, and an exploration into books and poetic works of African, Caribbean and South Asian heritage.

Additionally, a series of live interactive events will be taking place on campus, such as the month-long “Celebrating 30 Black Educators over 30 years in Leicester” exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre.

For more information on Black History Month 2021, visit the microsite at https://www.dmu.ac.uk/events/bhm/index.aspx

DMU celebrates Black History Month 2021

by Abigail Beresford

De Montfort University is celebrating Black History Month 2021 by offering students the opportunity to attend a series of events to celebrate African, Asian, and Caribbean communities within society.

These include talks led by guests, such as Artistic Director, Aakash Odedra, as well as events that students can get involved in, including Afrobeat and Bollywood dance.

“Black History Month allows us to reflect on old past times, to better society for future generations. The university is helping society grow, celebrating our community,” said Sai Hemanth, a DMU graduate from Leicestershire.

To find out more, visit https://www.dmu.ac.uk/current-students/hot-topics/2021/september/dmu-black-history-month-2021.aspx to see the full list of events that are on offer.