Leicester Arts Festivals: surveys and the city

(Note this is a longer version of an article originally published on Arts Professional : link)

Leicester Arts Festivals (LAF) is a support network consisting of twenty-four arts festivals and a number of supporting organisations, established in 2014. The festivals range in audience size from the hundreds to the hundreds of thousands, from the recently established to the decades old, and between them covering almost every art form, organisational type and event format imaginable in one of the most demographically plural cities in the UK. Amongst other activities, the network completed a year-long research project, collating baseline data and a comparative analysis of audiences from participating members. From twenty-four festivals, eighteen participated in an organisation survey and six participated in a survey of their audiences. Some interesting highlights and relevant issues for the wider festival and event community to consider are suggested below.

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Plotwatch: Humberstone, LE4

LESSBIG has been in touch with the owner of this plot on Fairfax Road, Leicester, who is looking to do something with the property and plot.

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They are particularly keen on a community or self-build approach with environmental credentials and are prepared to negotiate more preferable terms on this basis. In their own words: “If we’d only wanted to cash in on it, we would have sold it off years ago.” More info after the break:

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