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.

ArtBeat 2016 Open Gardens Trail

Follow the ArtBeat Open Gardens Trail

The ArtBeat Open Gardens trail is a unique opportunity to see some of the beautiful gardens around Clarendon Park. The residents of six Clarendon Park properties have kindly agreed to show off their herbaceous works of art. The Open Gardens in Clarendon Park trail takes place on Sunday 26th June, 2pm-5:30pm. Printed maps will be available at 231 Queens Road on the day, or you can use the interactive map below.

Open Gardens Trail Map

Open Gardens Trail Details

ArtBeat Open Gardens Trail - 38 Springfield RoadLocation: 48 Springfield Road, LE2 3BA
Hosts: Caroline Moles and Michael Gerard
A small contemporary garden with mixed beds, mini lawn and ponds, and a big area of decking and lots of pots.

Location: 38 Springfield Road, LE2 3BA
Hosts: Jean and Pino Greco
A long narrow garden with some box bushes, and herbaceous borders with naturalistic planting.

ArtBeat Open Gardens Trail - 231 Queens RoadLocation: 231 Queens Road
Host: Heather Morris
A well-established and informal suburban garden. Retro, reclaimed and relaxed. Crammed with plants, old favourites and new.

Location: 36 West Avenue, LE2 1TR
Hosts: Peter and Brenda Worrall
A quirky urban garden, with recently reversed planting to face the sun and a focus on mixing vegetables with flowers. Serving teas and home-made cakes.

163-Howard-Road-01Location: 22 Portland Road, LE2 3AB
Hosts: Maryanne McGinn and Paul Glynn
A walled garden with paving. Informal planting, mainly herbaceous, fills two long raised brick beds.

Location: 163 Howard Road, LE2 1XQ
Hosts: Lin and Steve Johnson
A small walled, paved garden with a border of established plants and shrubs & pots. Decorative hand-made mosaics on a wall. Serving teas and home-made cakes.

'The Children’s Book of Richard III' by Rosalind Adam

ArtBeat Brings Richard III Alive

On 24 June 2016, join us for a brand new take on the life and death of Leicester’s most famous King, Richard III. ArtBeat brings together three talented individuals to tell the story of Richard III through a rich mixture of fact, storytelling and beautiful traditional Indian dance. Come along to Avenue Primary School (4.30pm – 6.00 pm) and enjoy an afternoon which promises to be a unique experience – not only for kids but for all ages.

Richard III for Kids

Bharata Natyam Performance
Bharata Natyam Performance – image courtesy of

The events of Richard III’s last day will be told through the classical Indian Bharat Natyam dance style. Nimisha Parmar will be using hand gestures, called mudras, and facial expression to tell the story. Aayush Parmar will accompany her on the drums. This dance is an ancient classical dance style that brings a whole new dimension to the story of Richard III.

Rosalind Adam, author of The Children’s Book of Richard III, will explain how a king’s body got to be under a city car park.

Dr. Richard Buckley, Director of the University of Leicester Archaeology Service, will demonstrate how Richard III’s body was located and identified.

There will be a question and answer session, followed by the chance for members of the audience to try out some traditional Indian dance moves.

Copies of The Children’s Book of Richard III will be available for purchase and author signing.

The session will take place at Avenue Primary School on June 24th from 4.30 until 6.00 pm. This is truly a must for your diary.

About the Presenters

'The Children’s Book of Richard III' by Rosalind Adam
‘The Children’s Book of Richard III’ by Rosalind Adam

Richard Buckley worked on his first archaeological excavation in Leicester as a schoolboy in 1974. He studied archaeology at the University of Durham returning to Leicester in 1979. He set up the University of Leicester Archaeological Services with Patrick Clay in 1995 where he is co-director. In 2012, he led the team of archaeologists in a search for the final resting place of Richard III in a car park in central Leicester.  You can find out more about Dr. Buckley on the University of Leicester website.

Rosalind Adam is a Leicester writer with a particular interest in history. She has a History BA Hons Degree and was a teacher for many years. Her most recent publications include The Children’s History of Leicester and The Children’s Book of Richard III. She is a regular blogger at

Nimisha Parmar is a trained Indian dance teacher. She is passionate about keeping the style of Bharat Natyam dance alive and holds regular classes in Leicester. She can be contacted on her Facebook page.

Cultura Comedy Night

Everyone’s a Comedian at our Cultura Comedy Night

What’s that? Another ArtBeat first? You betcha! This year we’re thrilled to bring you some rib-tickling local comedians at the Cultura Comedy Night.

Update: Comedy Night Line Up Confirmed!

Jason Neale
Jason is heading to the Edinburgh Festival 2016 with Jason Neale’s Footprint. He got his first gig at DMU Square Mile 2013. Jason is now juggling day job and comedy. Runs “Proper Funny” at Criterion and recently won Best Show & Best Compare at Midland Comedy Awards. Check out his website at:

Kevin Hudson
Kevin is a local resident and accounting lecturer who is taking the plunge into stand up. It’s his first time so give him a huge Clarendon Park welcome. Find out more about Kevin on Twitter.

Sarah Johnson
Sarah has been on the comedy circuit for 16 years and has giggled all over the UK. In 2015 went solo at debut at Alan Seamanship Ship of Fools comedy club, she entered the 2016 Funny Women Awards and has done 12 nights at Edinburgh festival. Find out more at

Rory Campbell
Rory describes his act as smörgåsbord of weird gags, risqué, political comment and it might be a bit rude…

Cathy Loughead
Another Clarendon Park local who tried her hand at poetry stand up at ArtBeat’s Poetry, Tea and Toast yesterday evening.

Matt Hollins
The Leicester Mercury calls Matt Hollins “A genuine original” following his performance at the 2016 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. What’s more he bagged the 2004 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Check his Chortle profile here!

Adham Fisher
Adham participated in 2016 Dave Leicester Comedy Festival . He is attempting to enter Guinness book of records and describes himself as an “extreme commuter”.

Liz Gray
Liz is a local resident, writer, poet, blogger, novelist and performer. Read more about Liz on her website.

Comedy Night Talent Wanted

The Cultura Comedy Night performances kick off at 8:30pm on Monday 20th June and we’ll be giggling until 10:30pm. The evening will be compéred by our very own Patrick Kitterick, winner of the 1999 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.

This is an open mic event and we’re on the hunt for more Clarendon Park comedians to join the line-up.

If you think you’re the guy or gal to tickle some funny bones, drop us a line on the contact form and get your name on the list. Performers should rock up around 7:45pm and make themselves known to Deb Lawrence who will be organising time slots.

Good luck, and knock ’em dead! We all love a night of pun.