The ArtBeat 2016 writing competition entries are now open!

Enter the ArtBeat Writing Competition Today!

Great news scribblers: entries are now open for the Gareth Carnall Short Story Competition and Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition.

Writing Competition Prizes

Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we have some fantastic prizes for you this year.

The Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition has a £255 prize pot (donated by Michelle Dhillon of to be divided up between the winners of each category. The three categories are:

  • Best music review (min. 350 words)
  • Best live review (min. 350 words)
  • Best opinion column (min. 350 words)

You can enter whatever categories you want – but only two entries in total per writer, please.

The ArtBeat Short Story competition has cash prizes for the winners in each category.

Runners-up in the under 11 and 11-18 categories will receive a book voucher kindly donated by Penny Luithlen of Luithlen Agency.

How to Enter our Writing Competitions

If you’re keen as mustard to get writing, then head over to our writing competitions page. Here you’ll find out the entry categories, competition rules and how to submit your lovingly crafted music review or short story.

Writing Inspiration

If you need a little something to stimulate and inspire, click over to the Rockhaq website or read our interviews with 2015 Short Story Writing Competition winners, Alison Duthie and Martha Yeoman.

Christchurch Lunchtime Concerts in March 2016

Lunchtime Concerts at Christchurch

Following the success of the November lunchtime concerts at Christchurch, we are delighted to announce two new dates in March: Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 16th.

About the Lunchtime Concerts

Christchurch free concertOne of the fantastic developments from last year’s ArtBeat programme has been a growing partnership between local artists, musicians and the Clarendon Park Community.

Christchurch hosted a number of classical music events at last year’s ArtBeat festival. These included performances from Leicester University student musicians led by Paul Jenkins. The concerts were enthusiastically received and there were requests for more midweek daytime concerts at a local venue.

As a result, Paul has arranged for different university musical societies to perform on Wednesday lunchtimes at Christchurch. The first of these were the two lunchtime concerts which took place last November. Performances included individual solo items and a Big Band performance to audiences of children from Avenue Primary School and local residents.

This year, two more concerts are planned for Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 16th March 2016. Come along and enjoy performances from the University Chorus and Concert Band.

Two more concerts are planned for the 2 and 16 March 2016. Come along and enjoy performances from the University Chorus and Concert Bands.

Admission is FREE, each concert lasts just under an hour, stay for a coffee afterwards if you can.

Lunchtime Concert Details

When: Wednesdays at 1.30pm
Admission: free
Leader: Paul Jenkins
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, LE2 3AH

Forthcoming Lunchtime Concerts

  • 2 March: University of Leicester Chorus
  • 16 March: University of Leicester Concert Band



Summer in Clarendon Park - Short Story Writing Competition

It’s Writing Competition Time!

We received some fantastic entries for the Gareth Carnall Short Story Writing Competition last year, so we’re planning to do it all again for 2016 – only bigger, and better!

Rockhaq Student Music Journalism CommunityAs well as the opportunity to flex your fiction-writing muscles, we also have a brand new writing challenge: the Rockhaq music review writing competition. Huge thanks to our partners Rockhaq, the online student music journalism community, for arranging the competition and to journalist and founder Michelle Dhillon for donating a £255 cash prize pot.

Think you might like to enter? Need some inspiration to get started? Then read on.

Short Story Writing Competition

The theme for this year’s competition is “Summer in Clarendon Park“. Whether your characters spend a day in the shops and cafes on Queen’s Road, exploring the allotments or enjoying the Clarendon Park Summer Fair, there’s inspiration wherever you go.

The short story writing competition has three categories this year:

  • Young people aged under 11 on the closing date. A story of any length up to 1500 words.
  • Young people aged 11-18 on the closing date. A story of any length up to 1500 words.
  • Adults aged 18 and over on the closing date. A story of any length up to 2500 words.

Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition

Michelle Dhillon, journalist and founder of the Rockhaq student music journalism community, hails from Clarendon Park and is on the lookout for young Leicestershire music journalists to award cash prizes of up to £255. The Rockhaq music review writing competition has three categories:

  • Best music review (minimum 350 words)
  • Best live review  (minimum 350 words)
  • Best opinion column  (minimum 350 words)

This competition is open to anyone aged between 10-20 who attends school or college in Leicestershire. Just write about any music you like, make sure your work is at least 350 words in length and published on the Rockhaq community. You will need to register to join the community  to get started. Full rules are coming soon on the Rockhaq ArtBeat competition page.

For a flavour of other reviews, head over to the Rockhaq website.

Competition Entries

Both our competitions are open for entries from Tuesday 1st March 2016. Entries must be submitted on or before the closing date of midnight on Monday 6th June 2016.

Full competition rules, the entry form for the Short Story Competition and details of how to enter the Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition will be published on Tuesday 1st March 2016. Until then, get scribbling.

ArtBeat 2016 Festival Dates

Save the date for ArtBeat 2016

The ArtBeat team is delighted to announce that ArtBeat Community Arts Festival will be back on the streets of Clarendon Park again this summer.

ArtBeat 2016 will run from Friday 17 June – Monday 27 June. Mark your diary for another fab festival packed with music, storytelling, dance, film and more.

ArtBeat 2016 Programme

Following the success of the 2014 and 2015 ArtBeat festivals, this will be our third year celebrating local talent in the Clarendon Park area.

This year’s volunteer organisers are beavering away planning a whole host of events for ArtBeat 2016. You’ll recognise some old favourites as well as some very exciting new talent this year.

We are especially excited to introduce a brand new film strand to the events on offer. Stay tuned and check the Programme section of the site for more news as the events schedule starts to take shape.

ArtBeat Volunteers Needed

If you love the arts and have some time to spare, then get involved! ArtBeat can’t happen without the generous efforts of volunteers. We need help with organising events, delivering leaflets, not to mention the all-important artists and performers.

If you can help in any way, please contact, we’d love to hear from you.

ArtBeat 2016 Sponsorship

Each year the festival relies on generous sponsorship received from local businesses and organisations. Thanks once again to all who helped the 2015 festival happen.

If you are interested in sponsoring ArtBeat this year, please contact to discuss how you can be a part of the 2016 festival.