Weekends in August are set to come alive in Leicester as Curve launches a month of free live outdoor performances and activities.

Curve on the Square will see a stage built on Orton Square outside the theatre, with local artists and community groups providing entertainment for all ages throughout August.

The activity is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Reopening High Streets Safely programme of activity in association with Leicester City Council and BID Leicester,

On Friday evenings between 6pm and 9pm and Saturday evenings 6pm to 8pm, audiences will be able to enjoy a variety of performances from music to dance and spoken word. Each Saturday from 10am to 12pm, artists will lead activities for children and families, then from 2pm to 4pm a range of acts will take to the stage, including beatboxers, musical theatre performers and more. A full line-up of local artists is set to be confirmed soon.

Curve on the Square will take place on Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13, Friday 20, Saturday 21, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August.

All events are free with no need to book and during every session Curve will operate an outdoor bar serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.

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Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster commented:

“It is always a joy to collaborate with the city council and BID Leicester on events like Curve on the Square, which brings us all together and celebrates the rich culture and diversity of our great city. Emerging from the pandemic, now more than ever, we all have a role to play in ensuring our city centre is alive once more, bringing us all together to enjoy free live performances by our superb local artists and community groups. Let’s hope the sun shines!”

Inside the theatre visitors will also be able to view a free community poetry exhibition, with work from budding poets reflecting on Leicester’s resilience, diversity and hopes as the city reopens.

To find out more about Curve on the Square, visit www.curveonline.co.uk