As well as all the music, dance and literature events during the festival, there are many other events and exciting activities to join.
There’s something magical about seeing a photo you’ve taken appear in front of your eyes as you develop it. Look out for the Pinholes and Portraits drop-in event at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday 20th June. Explore analogue photography, learn darkroom skills and create your own pinhole camera with Leicester Lo-Fi Photography.
Before you go, why not have your portrait taken with the Kamra-e-Faoree? Also known as an Afghan box camera, this incredible machine is a camera and darkroom in one tidy box.
Do you like writing and drawing on walls? Well, now’s your chance! Come and make your mark on a gigantic chalkboard in the Clarendon Park Community Garden on Sunday 21st June. There will be lots of bright chalks for you to use. If you want to change your creation, just wash it off and start again!
No equipment required and all ages are welcome, however children must be accompanied by an adult.
Be sure to book ahead for our woodland sculpture-making event on Monday 22nd June. Create a fantastic sculpture out of fallen leaves, twigs and other objects you can find while foraging through 5 acres of natural woodland. There are only 25 places, including the adults! It’s a great opportunity to explore the Arboretum. Jenny Mattingly, from Leicester Botanic Gardens will be leading the fun. Don’t forget to take a picture of your creation before you return it to its natural home.
Architecture fans who wander through the streets looking up and at the buildings have a treat in store on Saturday 20th June. Richard Gill will lead an hour-long walking tour of local notable buildings including Ernest Gimson’s White House on North Avenue. Definitely not to be missed.
Open Gardens and Art
There’s a hidden and magical place in Clarendon Park that not many people know: the Queens Road allotments. Take a wander along the paths of these historical allotments, see the gardens as they are now and find out about some of the stories from the past.
And as well as local allotmenters being on hand to talk to you, show you plots etc, there will also be an opportunity to view the especially commissioned print of the allotments by well-known local print maker Sarah Kirby.
The allotments will be open on Sunday 21st June 2-5pm.
Another Art opportunity is offered to the resident of Melbourne Home on Friday 19th June. “Painting Postcards” is open to resident with or without experience of painting, and is organised by Learning for the Fourth Age. Clare Miles, is co-ordinating this activity.
For those of you who like quizzes, we will be running our first pub book quiz on Tuesday evening. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz at the quiz or want to form a team with your friends and join in the fun, why not come along? There will be prizes!
For further information about all these events check out the Festival Programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.