ArtBeat 2016 - Clarendon Park Open Gardens

ArtBeat 2017 Needs You!

Summer 2016 is just about hanging on in there, but we’re already thinking about Summer 2017 and what that will mean for ArtBeat. There are a variety of opportunities to participate and some specific roles to fill in order to bring next year’s festival to life. If you have an idea for an event, would like to be a host venue or fancy participating on the committee, there is a public meeting on Thursday 13th October 2016. Read on for details…

Help Wanted

ArtBeat is organised by volunteers who kindly donate their time and skills to bring arts events to the community of Clarendon Park.

We love to hear event ideas, and are always on the look out for new venues to host events, so join us if this is something you’d like to contribute.

There are also a number of roles that need to be filled on the 2017 committee. So if you have the time, enthusiasm and experience to bring to the festival, please get in touch or come along to the public meeting.

Event Organising Roles

  • Music Events Lead
  • Literature Events Lead
  • Dance Events Lead
  • Any new event theme within the spectrum of community arts!

Festival Support Roles

  • Secretary
  • Health & Safety
  • Print Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media Management
  • Website Management
  • PR
  • Sponsorship

ArtBeat 2017 Public Meeting

The public meeting to discuss ArtBeat 2017 is coming up and all are welcome. We’d especially love to meet any willing volunteers.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 13th October 2016 from 7:30pm until around 9pm at the Friends Meeting House on Queens Road.

ArtBeat 2106 - Contemplation Labyrinth at the Friends Meeting House

Farewell ArtBeat 2016, and Thanks for All the Fun

ArtBeat 2016 is over and we wish it a fond farewell. It’s been such a wonderful festival this year. We enjoyed many familiar events in dance, literature and music. Plus we welcomed our new Film, comedy and theatre events. Not to mention the hugely popular open gardens.

We had a blast and hopefully you did too. Relive some of the memories of the festival on our 2016 Festival Gallery page.

Thank You

Thanks as always to our generous partners and sponsors for their generous donations of money, time and resources. ArtBeat cannot exist without their assistance.

Huge thanks also go to the very talented artists, to our venues for their hospitality, and our band of intrepid festival organisers.

ArtBeat 2017

It may be farewell to ArtBeat 2016, but the dust has barely settled and we’re already thinking about the future. Planning for ArtBeat 2017 will be kicking off this year, so if you’re interested in being involved get in touch!

Park Lodge Project Homelessness Sculpture

Park Lodge Project Homelessness Artwork

We are delighted to host a piece of installation artwork outside the Friends Meeting House during the ArtBeat 2016 festival entitled “A Day in the Life”. The artwork has been created by the young people of Park Lodge Project on Clarendon Park Road to raise awareness of homelessness. Come along from noon on Saturday 25 June to see the installation.

About “A Day in the Life”

Park Lodge Project homelessness artworkPark Lodge Project (PLP) a small independent charity located in Clarendon Park. Since 1972 it has been providing supported housing for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 who are homeless.

Soft Touch Arts (STA) is a well-established youth arts and heritage project. Until last year, Soft Touch Arts was located in Clarendon Park but has since moved to adapted premises in New Walk.

With a small grant from The Big Lottery the two organisations have been working in partnership to encourage the young people who use Park Lodge Project to create a piece of artwork for public display. The work is designed to stimulate thinking and discussion about youth homelessness and perhaps challenge and even change public perceptions about the issue.

Park Lodge Project homelessness artworkTo this end, 8 residents from Park Lodge Project, aged 17-19 years, have created a piece of artwork all about homelessness. The work will be on display in front of Friends Meeting House, Queens Road from noon on Saturday 25 June.

Raising Awareness about Homelessness

The work is intended to engage passers-by in conversation about the artwork and the issues it raises in people’s minds.

Some of the young people who created the artwork, and one of the project leaders will be on hand on Saturday 25 June at noon to find out what you think about homelessness. Please stop and chat if you happen to be passing.

The essence of these conversations will be recorded and form some account of how members of the public regard homelessness, particularly as it affects young people.

Your thoughts will help to shape the next stage of the project. The ultimate goal is to create an exhibit which will present different perceptions of youth homelessness and illustrate the impact this project on the young people who have taken part.

ArtBeat 2016 tango taster classes

Have a go at Tango this ArtBeat Festival

This year we have many opportunities to test out your toes and try new styles at our dance events. Today we’re focusing on our two tango taster sessions.

ArtBeat 2016 Tango Events

ArtBeat 2015 tango taster night at CulturaThis year we have two chances for you to learn some new steps in the Argentine Salon style with Zoe and Darren from Tango Northampton.

Both the events are free, so come along and have a try.

The Tango Taster Class on Saturday 25 June, 1-2pm at Avenue Primary School is a great opportunity to learn some new steps ahead of the Tango and Latino Dance Night on Sunday.

Don’t miss Queens Road’s very own “milonga” Tango and Latino Dance Night on Sunday 26 June, 7:30pm at Cultura. A social Latin dance night featuring Tango and Ceroc, hosted by Tango teachers Darren, Zoe, Anne and friends.

What to Expect

Zoe and Darren led the hugely successful tango night at Cultura last year and are back again to seduce Clarendon Park once more. The buzz in the room was fantastic with about 25 participants dancing their hearts out. Most of the people were beginners and novices, so don’t be afraid to come along and give it a whirl and a twirl.

Sound like something you’d like to try? Or maybe you had such a great time you’ll be back for more! Either way, now’s your chance to twiddle your toes to the most beautiful dance around.

Does it really take two? No way! Come along solo or with friends – no partner necessary to enjoy the ArtBeat taster class or Latin Dance Night. These events are open to all.

About the Instructors

Zoe and Darren have been teaching Tango in Northampton for 3 years. Darren has been dancing Argentine Salon Tango for ten years and Zoe for four. Zoe and Darren have learnt from internationally recognised Salon teachers who teach around the world including in the home of tango: Buenos Aires.

Their Northampton-based club is becoming well established and has a brilliant social scene. We are delighted to have Zoe and Darren here in Leicester to help promote this beautiful dance. If you’re interested in finding out more about local classes, check out Tango Leicester or chat to Zoe and Darren after the taster classes.

Tango History

The internet (Wikipedia) describes tango as: “a dance that has influences from African culture and European. Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.”

You can also see some local tango videos on the Leicester Tango website.

Clarendon Park Summer Fair 2016

ArtBeat Music at the Clarendon Park Summer Fair

Music at this year’s Clarendon Park Summer Fair kicks off at 11 am on Sunday 19th June. ArtBeat is delighted to entertain you with eleven fantastic acts including solo artists, bands, children’s performance and drummers.

Clarendon Park Summer Fair Main Stage

Running times are approximate, but here’s the plan for the main stage at Clarendon Park Summer Fair this year.

11:00 am – Dead Question
This should wake you up! Dead Question are a Leicester-based blues, grunge and blues rock band. Check out their Facebook page for more info about the band.

11:25 am – Jim Bob from Hillbilly Jukebox
Next up is Jim Bob from Hillbilly Jukebox. If ya likes ya moonshine early in the day, this is the place to be.

11:55 am – Lippy
Lippy might just be the “loudest, funkiest, liveliest Drum and Brass band in history”. Listen out for a set of Lounge Jazz and maybe a few inappropriate covers…

12:20 pm – Dan Harrison King
Dan is a musician and film-maker. Get a taster of Dan’s music over on his YouTube channel.

12:50 pm – Bellatones
The Bellatones are a 5 piece multi-instrumental group playing folk-influenced electric rock. Their sound is a dynamic blend of timeless harmonies, melodic guitar, soaring fiddle, elegant piano, laid back bass and shimmering percussion.

1:15 pm – STARS Performing Arts
Time for the talented young stars from STARS Performing Arts to treat you to a show.

1:40 pm – Matt Henshaw
“Sublime … a blue-eyed soul voice that’s up there with the best of them” – Paul Lester, The Guardian. Find out more about Matt Henshaw: music machine.

2:10 pm – Dust & Debris
Dust & Debris play a mix of covers and Les’ original songs. They describe their sound as “Rock’a’Bluesy Country Soul”.

2:35 pm – U.G.
U.G is a Songwriter/Singer/Rapper and Producer from Leicester who’s original sound mixes genres with originality. Find out more on

3:05 pm – Alligatr
Alligatr are a 4 piece indie-rock band from around Loughborough area. They draw many influences from artists such as the Courteeners, the Stone Roses, Jaws, the Districts, Peace and the Strokes. 

3:30 pm – Sambando
Last but definitely not least, Leicester based samba band, Sambando, play lively, Brazilian style rhythms. Check out their website for more at:

Clarendon Park Summer Fair Busking

The road closures for the Summer Fair provide a new busking spot in a prime location! If you’re interested in grabbing a spot to entertain the crowds at the junction of Queens Road and Cecilia Road drop us a line on the contact form.

For more information about busking at ArtBeat, head over to the busking page.

Clarendon Park Film-makers at Create Studios

An Evening with Clarendon Park Film-makers

The brand new ArtBeat Film Strand launches on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd June at Create Studios, Hartopp Road.

About the Clarendon Park Film-makers

A group of extremely talented Clarendon Park film-makers will show a selection of their films and chat with the audience about the work. The final programme is still coming together, but here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect on the night. Makers include:

Bill Newsinger is a man of many filmic talents including documentary making, video production and producing his own music for his films. Bill enthuses that “film-making is a fantastic medium for telling stories and sharing messages.” Amongst his many works, Bill has made a fantastic series of films about Clarendon Park’s own Queens Road Allotments entitled “Not Lost the Plot“.

Maria Collingham is a local visual artist, whose paintings have been displayed at the Open 27 Exhibition at Leicester Museum. Her film “Home” has been made in collaboration with Dr. Matt Kerry, lecturer in film at Nottingham Trent University. As you may expect from a visual artist, Maria’s work reflects a deep interest in the colour, mood and texture of film.

Michael Lane is the driving force behind ArtBeat Film and a Clarendon Park resident. Michael uses film mainly to tell stories. He enjoys creating a fresh approach with each film. His solo piece, “Some Questions, Like Ghosts, Haunt” won a Highly Commended Award at Stratford-on-Avon Film Festival 2015. He recently showed “Boxes” a soap opera starring three cardboard boxes at the Five Lamps Film Showings in Derby. For the ArtBeat Film Night, Michael will be showing, “Dream of a Tender Robbery“, a romance taking place during a bank robbery.

Film-makers are still joining us! We are in talks with Matt Holt and Clare Speller, who are local to the area. Stay tuned for details of their interests closer to the time.

Clarendon Park Film-makers Trailer

ArtBeat Filmmakers Their Treasures Shared from Michael Lane on Vimeo.