Visitors encouraged not to drive to Leicester Diwali light switch-on

By Luke Williamson

The Diwali celebrations in Belgrave return in person after last year’s virtual event on Sunday [OCT24], seeing a number of the city’s streets closed to traffic.

Visitors are advised to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to the event to ease the congestion around the event as parking will also be limited.

Belgrave Road will be partially closed between Belgrave Circle and Garfield Street from 2pm, while the rest of Belgrave Road at the Melton Road and Loughborough Road end will be closed from 5pm, with the lights being switched on at 6.30pm.

The road will re-open around 9.30pm.

To make the festivities Covid-19 secure, giant screens will be showing a pre-recorded programming from 5.30pm on Belgrave Road, Wand Street and Cossington Park.

A special Park and Ride service will run from Birstall Park and Ride site to Abbey Park Road from 4pm until 8pm, with return journeys from 8.30pm to 10pm.

BID turns Leicester into art with Street Stories

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester’s empty shops are being improved by being turned into works of art with street stories this October.

The Business Improvement District (BID) is an organisation that works to transform Leicester into a nicer and more attractive area to live, work and visit, and is behind the new scheme.

Currently BID is working with local agency Arch Creative, working with 10 local artists putting out their paintings and turning empty shops in the city centre into points of interest.

Alice Hawkins and the Suffragette movement – Tim Fowler (Picture by Shantelle Gondo)

As ‘Street Stories’ celebrates the achievement of pioneering people from Leicester, one of the paintings is of Leicester’s most famous suffragette, Alice Hawkins, by Tim Fowler and can be seen at 107 Granby Street.

Hunt for more paintings within the city and bring them to life, for more information about street stories and the locations, visit:  or Download the Graffio AR App.

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:

Anti-slavery campaign gets messages out on streets of Leicester

By Ben Stevens

A charity in Leicester has been out and about today(TUE,OCT19) raising awareness of the challenges relating to modern slavery.

Hope for Justice, one of Britain’s leading charities fighting the battle against modern slavery, has a stall set up in the city centre, educating and informing people about signs of modern slavery and how everyone can help to stop it.

There was particular emphasis given on being alert to the signs of slavery in Leicester’s business sector, particularly the garment industry which has been subject to an investigation over the past 12 months.

Shaista Jakhura, a lead community engagement specialist at Hope for Justice, said: “Modern slavery is a big problem in Leicester and the rest of the UK.

“There were over 10,600 cases of modern slavery reported to us in Leicester over the past year but the actual figure is almost certainly much higher than that.

“It’s very important that people know the signs of modern slavery as spotting the signs early can make all the difference.”

Shaista is keen to educate younger people of the dangers of modern slavery in the city and will be speaking at De Montfort University tomorrow.

She said: “Many young people who are in need of money are often exploited in the workplace.

“I want to help younger people find employment that is safe and fair.”

Since being founded in the United Kingdom in 2008, Hope for Justice has expanded and operates in more than 30 locations across the world.

Despite the pandemic, the charity reached more than 190,000 people in 2020 with nearly 5,000 children and adults directly rescued from slavery and given subsequent aftercare.

For more information on Hope for Justice and the work they do visit

Leicester Restaurant Week kicks off across the city as people flock into The Globe pub

By Jayden Whitworth

Brimming: Customers get a taste of what The Globe has to offer

Pubs and restaurants across Leicester are offering discounted food this week as part of the city’s new scheme ‘Leicester Restaurant Week’.

From yesterday (MON,OCT18) until Sunday, various restaurants across the city are taking part to encourage the people of Leicester to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Thirty restaurants are involved with a selection of different cuisines on offer, ranging from Argentinian food at Sonrisa, Thai Tapas at The Giggling Squid or classic pub food at The Globe pub.

This week will also give these restaurants a fantastic opportunity to bounce back after a difficult couple of years.

Layla Sidat, general manager at The Globe, said: “It’s always good to have new customers try our food and experience The Globe’s unique atmosphere.

“After lockdown I’m sure there will be a bit of hesitation for diners returning back to the centre but hopefully this will encourage them to give us a go.

“Here at The Globe, we are offering two-course and three-course menus with a selection of dishes, some new and some old favourite dishes especially for Leicester Restaurant Week.

“With the ‘eat out to help out’ scheme such a hit nationally last year, it’s nice to be able to offer a deal ourselves and get people back enjoying hospitality.

“Today has been the first day and we have already had a full dining room ordering from the ‘Leicester Restaurant Week’ menu, so I am hoping this trend carries forward throughout the week and hoping for a cracking weekend too!”

To take advantage of any of the offers available over the course of the week, go to to claim a voucher to be used in one of the restaurants.