This Bank Holiday weekend don’t miss the first ever Re/action Festival in Leicester city centre.
Taking place across 26 and 27 August, the festival explores Creativity for the Climate, focusing on people and communities coming together to create small changes that add up to make a big difference. Visitors can enjoy plenty of free festival activities that will be spread across the city centre.
From exploring the world of bees in St Peter’s Square to spotting this unusual larger than life herd as they look for grazing in Leicester’s city centre.
You can enjoy the Time Machine Disco at the Clock Tower as Glass House Dance invite you to join them on a clubbing journey through the ages. And keep an eye out for Gnomus, the giant caretaker of our planet. This bumbling, gentle big puppet is kind and friendly, encouraging families to engage with themes of conservation in this spectacular show about taking care of our planet.
You’ll be able to watch an orchestra playing tunes on vegetables, see more incredible mechanical creatures and even listen to the trees sing! There will also be pop-up performances throughout the weekend, through which the festival will help us learn how to re/wind our environmental impact.
Elaine Doherty, Head of Programme and Engagement at the festival’s producer Art Reach, told us more about the weekend: “We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Leicester City Council and De Montfort University on the brand-new Re/action Festival, as we use creativity to explore the climate crisis. Working with key partners in the city allows us to spread the message that small actions can make a big difference and also helps us to invite more people to come along to enjoy the free festival weekend.”
In Jubilee Square over the weekend, there will be roaming performances and pop-up shows alongside nature-inspired creative activities such as yarn bombing, reclaimed material workshops, a clothes swap and upcycling workshops plus a programme of talks by Action Climate Leicester.
Peter Knott, Area Director of Arts Council England, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting Art Reach as they launch their new Re/action Festival, an innovative project exploring issues around climate change through creativity this August bank holiday weekend.
Re/action Festival will allow audiences to explore vital issues while also expressing their own creativity and experiencing great culture. With a vibrant series of performances alongside activities that encourage sustainable actions, Art Reach is bringing both creativity and community spirit to Leicester.”
There are lots more free festival activities to explore at Leicester’s first-ever Re/action Festival – you can find more information about the festival weekend on 26 and 27 August at www.reactionfestival.org.uk.