History of AinL

5th September 2016

Closing down announcement

Editor and publisher of Arts in Leicester magazine announced today the the magazine will close down for good in December of this year.

More details are available on the editorial published today.

The content will be gradually migrated away to other outlets or will be achived off for historical reference. Meanwhile, here the history of the magazine:

29th May 2014

The history of Arts in Leicester Magazine

This page documents the history and development of this magazine website .

2005: origins

ArtsIn Magazine began life when the domain name – artsinleicestershire.co.uk – was registered on 22nd February 2005, together with artsInleicestershire.com (although still active, this is being decommissioned.) In July 2012, artsinleicester.co.uk was registered and for a long time pointed to our Music in Leicester website, until being re-pointed to this site in May 2014.

The original website was constructed to be a sister site to traveltoleicester.co.uk, which had been created by the designers, B2B Web Consultants. The first edition of the site looked like the original travel to Leicester site, its layout being templated from it.

Hence, the ArtsInleicestershire.co.uk site was a spin-off from the Travel to Leicester site, which we operated at that time (it being sold to another design company, an IT firm.)

The Arts in Leicestershire website was launched on Sunday 4th September 2005. It stated that it was ‘Designed and developed by B2B Web Consultants’, and that ‘the site will grow into a comprehensive portal for anything to do with the arts and entertainment in the city and county. ‘

The styling and layout remained unchanged for most of 2007.  The original layout had a three column layout and blue and yellow navigation boxes that matched those on the original travel website.

The masthead block was very different from which was used in the old website, being made form a variety of photo images that reflected the arts appearing in it, at that time. The font now used for the name (Monotype Corsiva) had not then been adopted.

At that time, the site was branded to Pink Angel Promotions, an entertainment agency that had been created, with its own website (now defunct.) The content and links of the home page indicates that rock music was a primary content of the site. The links also indicated that things like theatre, visual arts and other genres of music were also included.

At the time, B2B Web Consultants (which hosted and developed the ArtsIn site) was trading under the branding of Pink Angel Promotions in order to differentiate its arts-related work from that of its general commercial work. [B2B Web ceased in 2016]

By December 2006, the site’s banner simply read ‘Arts in Leicestershire’ and was branded to Pink Angel Promotions. It still bore the travel to Leicester styling and layout.


In May 2007, an extensive listing of gigs was well under way. This page shows some of the promoters that were active at the time, such as 101 Promotions which was run by Paul Matts (who previously managed the Attik live music venue.)

The list also shows a date for the OBS (Original Bands Showcase). You can see entries for the ‘Indie Rock Night’, run at the Sun Bar in Churchgate by Arts in Leicestershire or Pink Angel Promotions, a weekly show where live bands played.

The list shows some of the bands that were active at the time; some of these no longer exist. There was a page of gig reviews featuring a number of Leicester bands that were active at that time. The earliest of these reviews on that page was dated 20th October 2007.

There was also a separate page (called the ‘events list’) for other types of shows. This splitting of rock gigs and general shows into separate lists is still a feature of the current magazine (at that time, that is.)

The page listing venues in Leicester is also of interest. Some of those that are listed here have now closed down (e.g. The Charlotte, The Half Time Orange) and some have changed their name (e.g. The current Firebug was then called the Firefly and Original Four is now called SuperFly) and The Alchemist is now called Squares Bar, although it no longer puts on live music.

In May 2007 the site had the original layout that followed the template of its Travel to Leicester sister site. The About Us page referred to it as a ‘website’ rather than as a ‘magazine or webzine’.

The site was later called ‘Arts in Leicestershire Webzine’ and that then became ‘magazine’ as the editors became confident that the content justified that description.There was also a separate page (called the events list) for other types of shows.


By August 2008, the page banner included the words ‘Online Magazine’. The house-style font for the masthead was set to Monotype Corsiva.

A copy of the front page dated 22nd December 2008 shows that the site was now being referred to as a ‘webzine’, at least in the title tag. The banner had been redesigned and included the subtitle ‘Online Magazine.’

Some sections were already on the menu bar including Features, Written Word, Visual Arts and Theatre. There was also a news section. A statement on the front page read ‘Welcome to our new format.’

Links existed to a news page, editorial comment, reviews and a features page. The content was very oriented to music; the front page announced the Band of the Month – Formal Warning.

2009: The growth of the magazine format

The home page (on 16/8/2009) bore the red-top logo using the Monotype Corsiva font which we see today.

The horizontal navigation bar had been introduced with the links to the major sections.

The about us page stated (on 14th August 2009): ‘When we started our gigs list , we planned to cover all gigs at all venues. Several months later, we find we are unable to do this because the task is far too overwhelming. We spend several hours per week updating the gigs list and it changes pretty much on a daily basis. The gigs list alone is equivalent to over 28 pages of A4.’

Also in August 2009, the vacancies page was offering a variety of positions for unpaid volunteers.

The main sections were: comedy, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.

2010: Growth and development

With ArtsIn now established as an on-line magazine, a new section about dance was introduced. By now, we also had accounts on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Fatsoma as well as a separate blog site. Some of these accounts had been created long before the current magazine got going, as facilities created by the music agency Get Your Band On. Our account on YouTube, for example, is still called ‘UK Bands Promoter’. Our MySpace address is still /getyourbandon.

Early in 2011, the front page had developed it familiar styling and layout. ‘Artsin’ was adopted as the band word for the magazine [it was significant that the ‘home page’ was called the front page, following the magazine model of publication.]

In order to foster the growth of Arts in Leicestershire, the decision was taken to close down other web sites we operated and to put all our resources into making it more successful. The Get Your Band On website was terminated, along with a variety of other web sites that were distracting attention away from the magazine but which were not delivering any useful results.

2011: The company takes over the magazine

ArtsIn Productions Limited was launched on 1st October 2011. This new social enterprise took over the publication of the magazine. Being a social enterprise, the company was better able to recruit a team of volunteers to write for the magazine. {The company closed in 2014]


The site achieved a record number of unique visitors in April – 24,201. By this time the whole site had well over 500 live pages.

The above is based on the page published in the old magazine, and last updated on 21/05/12.

2013 to 2014

The launch of our website Music in Leicester saw a very big chunk of the content taken away to form a new on-line product. Between January and May of 2013, the site has grown to over 600 pages, of which more than half were about music (in its popular and rock genres.)

Both websites continued to enjoy a large number of hits, contrary to the fear that the arts site would wither as the music site developed.  Editors talked about doing a major revamp of the arts site, once the new music product had bedded in. The old site has written in ‘hand-crafted html’ and had almost no interactive features. All the content had to be published through the editorial office, no matter who wrote it.

Music in Leicester was created using the WordPress® content management system – the version that creates website, as opposed to the one that services the needs of bloggers. The new format proved to be both useful, as a medium for the publication of content, and enabled contributors to be given access to the back-end of the system, so that they could publish their own articles, without everything having to go through one editor.

The use of WordPress® gave editors’ the confidence to use it for the present version of Arts in Leicester, which you are now reading. This version was published (and the old website pages taken down) on 27th May 2014.

The name

Whether as a website, a webzine or a magazine, it has always been called Arts in Leicestershire.  We have now decided to shorten the title to Arts in Leicester, though this does not imply any less of a commitment to covering what is happening in the county.


Arts in Productions Ltd was wound up in the  autumn of 2014.

Leicester to Bury King

Friday 23rd May 2014

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LEICESTER Cathedral will be the final resting place for King Richard lll, it was confirmed today.

The Royal Courts of Justice announced this morning that there are no public law grounds for the court to interfere with the reburial of the king, and for that reason the application for judicial review put forward by the Plantagenet Alliance has been dismissed.

The decision was reached by three High Court judges who had reviewed whether the exhumation licence obtained by the University of Leicester was lawful.

The Plantagenet Alliance had called for the judicial review, arguing that consultation should have taken place on the king’s reburial place, once it was confirmed that the bones exhumed by the University of Leicester were those of Richard lll.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I am delighted that Leicester Cathedral can now proceed with its plans to give King Richard lll a dignified reburial here in the city.

“With the support of the city council and the University of Leicester, the cathedral is now planning for the king’s reinterment to take place in the spring of next year.

“This will be a momentous event for the city and county, and an opportunity to show the rest of the world that Leicester is the rightful resting place for the last Plantagenet King of England.

“I have always said that Leicester needs to be more self-confident if it is to thrive, and this news gives us yet another reason to celebrate all that is good about our city, and to look forward with confidence and pride.”
King Richard’s remains were discovered in August 2012 during a project involving the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and The Richard III Society. In February 2013, the University of Leicester announced overwhelming scientific evidence that the remains were those of the last Plantagenet king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

[Source Leicester City Council]

See also

Our report on the announcement of the #HighCourt

Richard III

News about King Richard III and Leicester

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25th June 2014

Richard III statue coming home

LEICESTER’S statue of King Richard III will be delivered to its new home in Cathedral Gardens tomorrow (Thursday, June 26).

The bronze statue – which was removed from its former location at Castle Gardens in May – has been meticulously cleaned, restored and polished by specialists Hirst Conservation at the company’s Lincolnshire studios.

It will be delivered to Cathedral Gardens as work on the £2million project nears completion.

The reinstated statue will be armed with a new, full-length sword cast in bronze by Lockbund Sculpture from the original designs by sculptor James Butler MBE RA.

It will stand on a low slab of polished granite chosen to match materials used in Cathedral Gardens.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The arrival of the statue in Cathedral Gardens is a very poignant moment.

“In the few weeks since the statue was taken away for restoration, we have learned that Leicester will rightly be the final resting place for the remains of Richard III.

“The statue will now stand between the new King Richard III Visitor Centre on the site where his remains were discovered, and the king’s final resting place at Leicester Cathedral.

“We could not wish for a more fitting memorial to this extraordinary chapter in the city’s history.”

Pete Hobson, acting Canon Missioner at Leicester Cathedral, said: “James Butler’s iconic statue, relocated in one corner of the gardens, will be linked to the other new installation, Towards Stillness, in the opposite corner, by a new sweeping pathway, St Martins Walk.

“The two works of modern art taken together will frame this new space – itself a gift to the city – which will provide a fitting setting for our Cathedral for many years to come.”

The relocation of the statue has been managed by P Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd, lead contractors on the Cathedral Gardens project.

The statue was donated to the city by the Richard III Society in 1980.

Artist James Butler will be giving a public talk about the King Richard III statue on Saturday, 5 July, at St Martins House. He will be joined by Juliet Quintero, the lead artist on Towards Stillness, the new artwork commissioned by Leicestershire County Council.

The event is taking place as part of a weekend celebration to mark the public opening of Cathedral Gardens.

The £2.5million Cathedral Quarter regeneration project, which also includes resurfacing and other improvements along Peacock Lane, is being funded by the Diocese of Leicester, Leicester City Council and private donations, with support from Leicestershire County Council.

Leicester City Council successfully bid for up to £1milllion from the European Regional Development Fund towards the project.

The new King Richard III Visitor Centre, on Peacock Lane, will open on 26 July. For more information, or to book tickets in advance, visit www.kriii.com

The statue of King Richard III in its new position in Cathedral Gardens, 2014
The statue of King Richard III
in its new position in Cathedral Gardens, 2014

[Source: Leicester City Council]

28th May 2014

Richard III display extended

A HUGELY popular temporary exhibition telling the story of King Richard III will remain open for an extra week because of a surge in interest in it.

The temporary exhibition at Leicester’s Guildhall Museum – Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King – was due to close its doors for the final time on Sunday, June 1.

However, following the announcement last week that the king’s remains will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral, there has been renewed interest in the exhibition about the king’s death and remarkable rediscovery.

It will now remain open until Sunday, June 8.

The exhibition opened in February 2013 just days after researchers and archaeologists from the University of Leicester confirmed that human remains discovered beneath the city’s Greyfriars car park were those of the Last Plantagenet, who was brought to the city after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Nearly 190,000 visitors flocked through the doors of the exhibition in less than 18 months, and it was shortlisted for a prestigious national Museums and Heritage Award, losing out to the Victoria and Albert’s stunning David Bowie exhibition, “Bowie Is”.

Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King, tells the story of the painstaking work involved in discovering, analysing and identifying the battle-scarred bones of the king, as well as giving visitors an insight into medieval Leicester.

Centrepieces of the exhibition include an interactive image of the king’s skeleton and a detailed 3-D recreation of his skull.

A new, much larger exhibition, entitled King Richard III – Dynasty, Death and Discovery, is due to open later this summer a stone’s throw away at the former Alderman Newton’s School in St Martins Place, near the site of King Richard’s grave.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Following last week’s fantastic news that Leicester can indeed proceed with re-burying King Richard III with dignity, it seemed right to keep the exhibition open to allow as many visitors as possible to experience it.

“It has proved an enormous success, and now with the king’s story once again making national headlines, we want to enable people to continue visiting this wonderful exhibition.”

Once the Richard III exhibition closes, the Guildhall will become the home of a new installation focusing on medieval Leicester, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and charity the Wolfson Foundation.

[Source:  Leicester City Council]

Friday 23rd May 2014

King Richard III to be buried in Leicester

The remains of King Richard III are to be interred in Leicester cathedral, it was announced today, following a judgement by The High Court.

The panel of experts at the announcement of the court ruling
The panel of experts at the announcement of the court ruling

Having discovered the remains of the last of the Plantagenet Kings under a Council Car Park in Leicester, plans were made to re-bury the bones inside Leicester Cathedral.

Present day Yorkists took their case to the High Court claiming that the rightful place for the King’s remains should be York Minster, in their view.

Judges ruled today in favour of the case for Leicester Cathedral to be the final resting place of English monarch, who died over 500 years ago. Announcing the publication of the Court’s ruling, a panel of experts and representatives of the City and the Church gathered with members of the media in the Nave of Leicester Cathedral. Chairing the event, the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, led the distinguished panel into the Nave to tell the waiting press of the result, moments after it had been published on the Judiciary website.

The panel included Nick Rushton (Leader of Leicestershire County Council), Professor Mark Thompson (University of Leicester), Sir Peter Soulsby (Mayor of Leicester), the Bishop of Leicester, The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, The Very Reverend David Monteith (Dean of Leicester) and Richard Buckley OBE (University of Leicester).

The media at the announcement
The media at the announcement

The event was filmed by over a dozen TV film crews with many reporters and journalists in the audience; not quite as many as had been present when the results were announced confirming that the bones were in fact those of Richard III, when the world’s media gathered in vast numbers to hear the results of the archaeological find of the century.

Wearing a white rose, the emblem of the dead king, The Bishop’s announcement was greeted with sustained applause from those present in the Church. He said that the King’s remains would be given a dignified funeral when they are finally laid to rest. Professor Mark Thompson said that the team from the University of Leicester, who had discovered and unearthed the remains, had done something that had been a stunning success both for the City and for the University of Leicester. The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said that the remains had been found in the shadow of the Cathedral, where they had lain for over five hundred years and so it was fitting that they should be re-buried there.

A tomb has already been designed to mark the spot where the King will lie in the Cathedral. The Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith, said that the discovery of the bones and their scientific identification as being those of the King had been an extraordinary story. The re-burial is likely to take place in the spring of 2015. Coverage of the funeral is to be covered by Channel 4, the TV station that broadcast several documentaries about the discovery of the remains and their examination by archaeologists and scientists from the University.

Asked if the Plantagenet Alliance would appeal against today’s finding, members of the panel commented that they would have three weeks to think about it but that any appeal would have to be on a point of law, not a move to re-open the whole question.

Sir Peter Soulsby said that he could understanding where the Yorkists were coming from but their case was tenuous. Richard was the Duke of Gloucester and was born at Fotheringhay Castle, in Northamptonshire. Whilst he was from the House of York – a family name and dynasty – he never actually spent much time there. He was killed at the Battle of Bosworth and his body was brought to Leicester, where it was buried in the monastery of the Greyfriars. Sir Peter commented that the Plantagenet Alliance were “not clear what they wanted at the hearing and were pressed several times by the judges to make clear what they wanted.”

In a statement issued by the Plantagenet Alliance, they claim that Richard III would have wanted to have been buried at York, although they did admit that this wish was “inferred”.

A statement from The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester:

The delays are over. The law is clear and unequivocally set forth in today’s judgement. Richard III fought here, fell here, died here, has lain here and was rediscovered here. He will now be finally led to rest with the prayers of God’s people in a manner fitting to his story and with dignity as befits a child of God and an anointed King of England.

In a postscript to their decision, the Judges wrote

Since Richard III’s exhumation on 5th September 2012, passions have been roused and much ink has been spilt. Issues relating to his life and death and place of re-interment have been exhaustively examined and debated. The Very Reverend David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester Cathedral, has explained the considerable efforts and expenditure invested by the Cathedral in order to create a lasting burial-place “as befits an anointed King”. We agree that it is time for Richard III to be given a dignified reburial, and finally laid to rest.


Judiciary website

Leicester Cathedral

Looking for Richard Project

Richard III on Wikipedia

The case of the Plantagenet Alliance

See also:

Our #news page

#Leicester to bury king

Leicester City Council – Victorian Art Gallery reopens

Victorian Art Gallery reopens

22nd May 2014

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A VICTORIAN art gallery at Leicester’s New Walk Museum is reopening after a major refurbishment programme.

The revamped gallery, which has undergone extensive building work since closing in 2012, will reopen to visitors on Saturday, May 24.

It will now be used to showcase 50 of the city’s best pre-1900 art collection, including works by artists such as Turner, Frith and Degas, old masters by Michael Sweerts and George De La Tours, and sculptures by Rodin and Leighton.

The Grade-II listed gallery closed in October 2012 for repairs which led to the discovery of asbestos within its structure. The removal of the asbestos meant the resulting refurbishment work took longer than planned.

Work has included rebuilding parts of the ceiling and walls, removing and restoring decorative plaster and metalwork, and repairing glass in the roof. New lighting has also been installed, along with acoustic panels, a new audio-visual system, blinds and a new stage.

The gallery has been lovingly redecorated in keeping with its original Victorian style. In addition to creating a new space for weddings and talks, the gallery will also feature new family-friendly activities for visitors of all ages.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, heritage, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “It is wonderful to see the Victorian Art Gallery restored to its former glory, after this lengthy refurbishment project.

“The discovery of very fine asbestos in the coving and ceiling meant delays in completing the work as it had to be removed, but now the fully-refurbished gallery is once again looking its best.

“In addition, improvements such as the new audio-visual equipment, better lighting and space for family activities mean it will be even more user-friendly for visitors of all ages.”

[Source: Leicester City Council]

Young people launch anti-bullying DVD

Anti-bullying DVD

22nd May 2014

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A group of young people from New Parks have written, created and edited their own anti-bullying DVD, with the help of the city council’s youth service and Soft Touch Arts.
They’ll be launching the DVD at Curve on Wednesday, May 28 at 2pm, with a viewing at 2.30pm.
The group of about 20 young people are chaired by 17-year-old Aysha Wood. They form a youth version of the New Parks joint area group (JAG), which is set up by the police and other organisations to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods.
The New Parks group is the only ‘youth JAG’ in the city.

Leicester City Council – New food hall opens

New food hall opens

22nd May 2014

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THE NEW food hall at Leicester’s historic market opens its doors tomorrow (Friday 23 May), providing a bright and airy environment for shoppers to buy meat, fish and other fresh produce.

Developed by Leicester City Council and designed by architects Greig & Stephenson, the contemporary glass, steel and timber building is lightly connected to the market’s 19th century Corn Exchange by a glazed roof.

Complementing the outdoor market that’s been at the heart of Leicester for more than 700 years, the food hall will sell fresh meat, fish, seafood, game and poultry, as well as artisan cheese, fresh bread, cooked meats, olives and other delicatessen produce.

“We all know that Leicester Market is one of the city’s treasures,” said City Mayor Peter Soulsby. “But I hope that the new food hall and the other improvements we’re making over the next 12 months will help it realise its huge potential – attracting both shoppers and visitors to the market, while encouraging the regeneration of the shops and buildings in the conservation area that surrounds it.”

Architects Greig & Stephenson – who specialise in market design – were asked to come up with a masterplan that would increase footfall through the market and improve its links to the city’s main shopping areas.

Their design for the new food hall features a stunning timber ceiling under a curved zinc roof – and a glazed façade that floods the building with natural light, while helping to connect the indoor activity with the outdoor market.

The 5,500sqft building will provide a new home for the eight traders re-locating from the 1970s indoor market hall that’s no longer fit for purpose.

Alison Ireland of Sherwin’s Cheese Company – which has been trading on the market since 1977 – said: “All the traders are really excited about the grand opening on Friday and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers ­ – both old and new ­– to our new food hall.”

Joining Sherwin’s Cheese Company in the new food hall will be Andrew Sykes, Frank Lee and Son, Keith Ashmore, Trawlerman, Gibsons, Kotula & Son (Mroz Sausages) and Country Fayre.

Country Fayre’s Jade Pole – a third generation market trader – will join the City Mayor to cut the ribbon and open the food hall at 11am tomorrow (Friday).

Before then, music from the Wahoos will get the party started at 10.30am, with BBC Radio Leicester’s Jo Hayward overseeing the countdown to the grand opening.

Adam Piotrowski, the market’s development officer and resident chef, will be cooking up treats throughout the morning – including hot sausages, spicy ribs and sautéed prawns – with a selection of breads, cheeses and chutneys also available for tasting.

All eight traders have provided food for sampling that’s available from their stalls – and they’ve also come up with a number of money-saving deals to welcome shoppers to the new food hall.

Live lobsters and whole salmon will be available from Trawlerman for just £9.99, Andrew Sykes and Mroz Sausage are offering 10% off everything and Sherwin’s are cutting 20% off the price of traditional ham. All the other stalls are running special opening offers too, with many of the deals available until Sunday (25 May). Details are available from the LCC website.

Opening events will continue until 3pm, with performances from the Comedy Chefs and the Fairly Fresh Fish Company, who’ll bring their unique comedy puppet act to the Market Place.

Normal opening hours will be 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am until 4.30pm on Saturdays. This Sunday (25 May), however, the food hall will be open as part of the market’s annual Summer Food and Drink Festival.

The opening of the new food hall marks the completion of the first phase of the council’s £9.2million redevelopment of Leicester Market. Phase two will get under way in the summer, with the demolition of the old indoor market and the creation, in its place, of a stunning new open space, framed by heritage buildings.

The main contractor for phase one was Kier Construction.

The plans for Leicester Market are part of the City Mayor’s Connecting Leicester project: a major programme of investment that’s creating better pedestrian links between the city’s historic areas and its modern retail core.

[Source:  Leicester City Council]

New Food Hall

Food hall opens on Friday

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THE BRAND new food hall at Leicester Market opens its doors to shoppers on Friday (23 May), one year to the day since contractors started work on site.

The grand opening of the stunning glass and timber building will feature live entertainment, special offers, and the chance to try some tasty food samples – provided by the food hall traders and prepared by the market’s resident chef.

Music from The Wahoos will get the party started at 10.30am, with BBC Radio Leicester’s Jo Hayward overseeing the countdown to 11am when the food hall will open for business.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby – who will be joined by one of the food hall traders to cut the ribbon – said: “The opening of the new food hall marks the completion of the first phase of our plans for the market – and the beginning of a new chapter in Leicester Market’s 700-year-history.

“The building itself is stunning, and I would like to thank the designers and the contractors – including many local businesses – who have done such a great job on such a difficult site.

“After so long in the gloom of the old indoor market, the traders will be looking forward to moving into their bright and airy new premises – and I’m sure that shoppers will enjoy buying their meat, fish and cheese in the authentic market environment that the new food hall provides.”

Eight stalls, selling fresh meat, fish, seafood, game and poultry, as well as artisan cheese, fresh bread, cooked meats, olives and other delicatessen favourites, will fill the 5,500sqft hall.

Natural light will flood through the building’s glazed façade and specially-coated glass panels will reduce glare inside the food hall, while a clever lighting scheme will highlight its stunning ceiling and distinctive curved roof.

Alison Ireland of Sherwin’s Cheese Company – which has traded on Leicester Market since 1977 – said: “All the traders are really excited about the grand opening on Friday.

“As a thank you to all our customers who have supported us loyally over the years, and to all those people who will be shopping with us for the first time, we’ve come up with a range of money-off deals to make our first days of trading extra special.

“We look forward to welcoming customers – old and new – to our new food hall on Friday.”

Full details of the special opening offers available at each stall in the new food hall – including live lobsters for just £9.99 – are available at http://www.leicestermarket.co.uk/shopping/special-offers

Adam Piotrowski, the market’s development officer and resident chef, will be cooking up treats throughout the morning on Friday – including hot sausages, spicy ribs and sautéed prawns – with a selection of breads, cheeses and chutneys also available for tasting.

All the food samples served at the opening event will be available to purchase from the food hall.

Entertainment will continue until 3pm, with performances from the Comedy Chefs and the Fairly Fresh Fish Company, who’ll bring their unique comedy puppet act to the Market Place.

The new food hall will be open from 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am until 4.30pm on Saturdays.

Eight businesses will trade from the hall: Andrew Sykes; Frank Lee and Son; Keith Ashmore; Trawlerman; Gibsons; Country Fayre; Sherwin’s Cheese Company; Mroz Sausages.

The new food hall – designed by architects Greig & Stephenson – is the first phase of the city council’s £9.2 million redevelopment plan for Leicester Market. Planning permission to demolish the old 1970s indoor market has already been granted, with demolition due to be complete by early 2015. A new square will be created in its place, and an extension built to the rear of the Corn Exchange. Phase two of the scheme is due to be completed in the summer of 2015.

See also:

Opening of new #food hall.


Page updated: 5th August 2014

Young Arts Entrepeneurs

On Monday 11 August, Leicester’s Curve theatre will be taken over by its highly talented Young Arts Entrepreneurs (YAEs) for a day of completely free innovative and inspiring workshops and performances.

The Showcase Day will include complimentary taster sessions run by Curve’s YAEs in drama, digital performance, speed playwriting and rap. For musician’s there is also a session on audio production – hosted in the theatre’s own recording studio.

There is also the opportunity for local musicians to take part in a unique Hip-Hopera project – which fuses the two worlds of classical music and hip hop together for a one-off performance.

In the Studio, new plays will be shared for the first time written by the YAEs including It’s Not Yellow which explores what it means to be happy and Inner Scream telling the stories of young people in the local community who have realised their potential. Casting rules will also be thrown out of the window as YAE theatre company Rule 63 explores what happens if genders were reversed in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter.

The Showcase Day sees the culmination of the third and final successful year of Curve’s ground-breaking YAE scheme. Undertaken by 10 young people aged 16-25 each year, the project enables aspiring artists to launch their own social enterprise in Leicestershire and provide opportunities and benefits for their communities.

Tim Ford, Curve’s Associate Director for Participation and Learning, said:

‘Our Showcase Day is an opportunity for young people from Leicester and Leicestershire to get involved and enjoy a day of free arts workshop led by these talented rising stars. There is a phenomenal amount of creative talent in Leicester and the surrounding region and we have once again been privileged to work with a group of gifted and committed young people on the final year of this ground-breaking programme.”

The Young Arts Entrepreneurs’ Showcase Day will take place at Curve on Monday 11 August, 10am – 6pm.

The full programme of workshops and activities is available at http://www.curveonline.co.uk/yae-showcase-day/


2nd May 2014

Charnwood Arts and Creative Hinckley have announced an exciting new partnership project to celebrate the young artistic talent in our region.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Young Artists Open Exhibition invites entries from any young artist aged between 8 and 19 who lives or works in either of the two counties.

All works will be judged by a panel of experts and prizes awarded in three age categories:
8 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years.

These include a first prizes of £100 in the 8-11 years category; £200 in the 12-15 category and £300 in the 16-19 section. Runner-up prizes in the three categories are, respectively, £50, £100 and £150.

A special graphics prize in the 16-19 years category will be a week’s mentoring within a major regional design company.

As many entries as space allows will be exhibited at the Atkins Gallery in Lower Bond Street, Hinckley between Wednesday 2 July – Friday 1 August 2014.

One piece of unframed artwork can be entered per young person and may be produced in any 2D medium including digitally generated works and photography. Individual entries only.

All work selected for the exhibition will be framed by the Gallery so we therefore require each entrant to strictly adhere to the one of the following sizes: A5 (148 x 210 mm); A4 (210 x 297 mm – the size of a standard sheet of printer paper) or A3 (297 x 420 mm)

Entries can be handed in at collection points in Loughborough, Hinckley, Leicester, Oakham, Market Harborough or Coalville.

Further details of collection days and times, together with full competition regulations can be found online here

or by contacting Charnwood Arts.

The competition is completely free to enter and the closing date for the receipt of entries is Friday June 13th, 2014

For more information contact Rebecca Abrahams on 01509-821035 or by e-mail at rebecca.abrahams@charnwoodarts.com


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