Huge floats parade through the city center as part of the free Tour de Moon arts festival

The free Tour de Moon arts festival is heading to Leicester city center next month. Bringing together lectures, cinema, music and games under the same cosmic theme, it promises many stimulating, exciting and original experiences, centered on nightlife, creativity and culture.

The festival will take place in Leicester from May 13-16, and the good thing is that tickets are free. Events will take place at a variety of venues including Highcross Mall, Morningside Arena, Hansom Hall, 2Funky Music Café, African Caribbean Center and Bishop Street Church. Visitors will also be able to experience the Moon Convoy as it arrives at Humberstone Gate.

According to organisers, Leicester has been chosen as the first city to host the Tour de Moon festival to celebrate the city’s diversity and its “urban arts industry”. It is also intended to provide additional support for the city’s nightlife which has been kept under lockdown restrictions longer than anywhere else in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

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There will be performances from Leicester-based artists, including musical artist Mellow Baku, who will appear on the Moon Talks programme, while Jada O’Neill will bring her Bajan-inspired melodies to Moon Music at 2Funky Music Cafe. Leicester-born Tayo will draw on his main 2000s indie influence, and he’ll be joined by musician, rapper and songwriter, Marik, for a live performance.

2Funky Music Cafe owner Vijay Patel said, “We are very excited to be the first stop of the Tour de Moon festival across the country. This new festival is truly unique and we are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase an eclectic source of new music that we will be programming. “

In addition to the program of events, Moon Convoy will parade along Humberstone Gate, with huge floats and interactive elements. Among them, a large rotating moon and other “interactive and ultraviolet” experiences.

There will be live music and DJ sets, a nine-meter-long life-size replica of Archie The Squid that resides at the Museum of Natural History, lectures, film screenings, an inflatable game designed with l aided by scientists from NASA SSERVI and the SETI Institute, a nine-piece Arkestra and a larger-than-life red telephone, through which visitors can “talk to the moon”.

Festival creator Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun said: “With this festival, we have decided to redistribute our funding and use our platform to celebrate the nightlife industry and young adults – a demographic that has been particularly affected by the impacts of Covid and budget cuts over the past few years.

“Tour de Moon travels with the night, seeking new beginnings to empower others to create, initiate and innovate with new thought and pluralistic practices so that history does not repeat itself over and over again. beyond the earth.”

Tour de Moon is one of 10 major creative projects commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, taking place in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2022.

Martin Green, Creative Director of UNBOXED, said: “We are thrilled to be aboard the cosmic journey that is Tour de Moon, as we meet young minds to experiment and participate in creating futures. alternatives in a free and public country. Event. Now everyone, come on, get your free tickets and have a great time.

You can get your free tickets via the website.

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