International street art festival set to return to Leicester this spring

Plus: 200-bed student complex, Leicester railway station, and Morningside Arena rebrand.

Photo of street art in Leicester by Joe Decker

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International street art festival set to return to Leicester this spring

by Pelumi Kolawole

One of the most eccentric art festivals home to Leicester is back again this year. Bring the Paint, a street art festival organised by Graffwerk in Leicester, will run from Monday, 20 May to Sunday, 26 May.

The world's largest international street art festival was first launched in 2017 and has since become a regular event where artists take to the streets to paint. It took a brief break during the Covid-19 pandemic and was last held in 2022. One of the key goals of Bring the Paint is to promote street art as a legitimate art form and to celebrate the creativity and diversity of the global street art community.

The festival provides a platform for artists to showcase their work legally and has helped put Leicester on the map for street art. During the festival, artists will work on walls and buildings throughout the city, creating a vibrant and dynamic outdoor art gallery.

In 2022, there were over 45 new large-scale murals and art pieces across the city. The festival then featured a host of local talent from Leicester graffiti artist Goonism, Midlands-based spray paint artist N4T4, graphic designer and illustrator Sam Grubb and Birmingham-based street artist Ziner.

Bring the Paint 2024 looks to be a vibrant, inclusive celebration that brings graffiti culture to life. More information can be found on their website here.

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Weather forecast

by Phil Morrish

☁️ Monday, 12 February: A cloudy start and cool temperatures, brightening up with sunshine by lunch, followed by a warm afternoon. A moderate west wind at 25mph. Min overnight 8c. Min: 3C | Max: 9C

⛅ Tuesday, 13 February: A bright start, with some morning sunshine, but clouding over by lunchtime. Rain will arrive after lunch, but temperatures climb by dinner. The wind will calm down, around 15mph. A mild and damp night. Min: 4C | Max: 10C

🌦️ Wednesday, 14 February: A mild start but mainly cloudy. Temperatures will rise by the afternoon. Some more rain arrives during the afternoon to give another damp and mild night. The wind will pick back up again to 25mph. Min: 9C | Max: 13C.

⛅ Thursday, 15 February: A mild, damp and breezy day, but it will be warmer in the afternoon. It will remain predominantly cloudy all day, but a little brightness is possible. Min: 9C | 13C

🌧️ Friday, 16 February: A mild but cloudy start. Cloud coverage will persist throughout the day, but expect it to get a little warmer. There may be some rain in the morning, but it should dry up by the afternoon. Another mild night. Min: 9C | 12C

⛅ Weekend, 17-18 February: A mainly mild weekend with plenty of morning clouds, but brighter at times in the afternoons. It should remain mostly dry, and the wind from earlier in the week will pick back up. Min: 7C | Max: 11C

In the news

by Rhys Everquill

  • 200-bed student complex: Developers submit new proposals to turn a former hospital site in Leicester into student accommodation after residents raised objections with the city council. Read more
  • Leicester railway station: Work begins today to knock down the 1930s art deco Parcel Yard pub ahead of the redevelopment of Leicester railway station. Read more
  • St. George's Day: From this year, the city council will host the one-day event in Leicester's Old Town, with a packed programme of events on Saturday 20 April. Read more
  • Cityfibre: Lightning-fast broadband will be available to homes across Leicestershire after a £71 million contract was signed under the government's national Project Gigabit rollout. Read more
  • Chinese New Year: Leicester welcomes the Year of the Dragon with a vibrant weekend of events across the city centre, including a lantern-lit procession from Jubilee Square. Read more
  • Autistic artists: A museum exhibition showcasing the talents of three local autistic artists has been extended until March 2024. Read more
  • Mattoli Arena: The home of the Leicester Riders, Morningside Arena, has rebranded to Mattoli Arena after a £500,000 donation from a charitable trust connected to the Leicester-based Mattoli family. Read more
  • Sister Act: The hit musical Sister Act returned to Leicester this month as a Made at Curve production. Read more
Sister Act: The beloved, dazzling musical returns to Leicester
The hit musical Sister Act returned to Leicester this month as a Made at Curve production.

What's On

by Leah Everquill

🚨 – Last chance
💷 – Entry fee
🆓 – Free of charge

Fancy learning how to dance Bollywood style? Pop down to De Montfort University for this empowering session by artist Vinay. From 12pm to 1pm. Book free tickets online.

Calling all Marvel fans! Watch the fan favourite film, Guardians of the Galaxy, at the one and only National Space Centre. Starts 5:45pm. Tickets from £6.

Start spreadin' the news! The Little Theatre is hosting a fantastic evening of big band music performed by students from Leicester Grammar School. Starts 7:30pm. Tickets cost £10.

If you like pottery, join this terrific two-day course at Attenborough Arts Centre. From 10:30am to 4pm. Tickets from £150. Must be 18+.

Head over to the National Space Centre this half term for a fascinating deep dive into the planet Venus. Booking online is essential.

Written by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Nicole Behan, this popular Made at Curve production is guaranteed to challenge and entertain. Matinee and evening performances are available. Tickets are almost sold out, so book quickly!

On the market

by Rhys Everquill

GIF of a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment above Phoenix Cinema

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment above Phoenix Cinema. This flat in the heart of the Cultural Quarter is currently rented out but is a perfect first-time buy for someone working in the city centre. If you're a film buff, this is the place for you!

Price: £220,000

Food and drink

by David Landwehr

Photo of food at the Golden Orange Snack

Smack bang in the middle of Leicester, just near the market, lies a small, unassuming Chinese takeaway called Golden Orange Snack. I ordered spicy beef and vegetable noodles, deep-fried chicken fillet and a side of braised chicken in chilli oil. The chilli oil was fried with Szechuan peppercorns, so I got the numb buzzing spice you expect from quality Chinese food. The broth straddled spice and lightness with hints of star anise and fresh coriander. A delicious representation of authentic Chinese food in the heart of the city.

Price: £19.50

Sports highlights

by David Landwehr

  • Men's Football: Leicester handled Watford in a 2-1 victory at home. This makes Leicester's position at the top of the EFL Championship even more comfortable with 75pts. Read more
  • Women's Football: Leicester maintain their football dominance as the women's team comfortably moves through to the 6th round of the FA cup, beating Birmingham 6-2 at home. Read more
  • Motorsport: Leicestershire-based racing team Parker Racing makes moves ahead of the 2024 Porsche Carrera Cup GB series, signing Lee Mowle and Hugo Ellis. Read more


by Megan Lupton

Photo of Kirby Castle. Credit: Britain from Above

Kirby Castle photographed before its restoration in 1895. The fortified mansion was built for Lord Hastings and is conserved by English Heritage today.

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