COSMOPOLITAN ARTS – NEWS AND PROJECTS

20th September 2016

Samworth Brothers were one of the supporters for the Cosmopolitan Carnival. See what they said about it on their website

Samworth Brothers helped Leicester get into the carnival spirit recently by supporting a major cultural event in the city, the Cosmopolitan Carnival. The Carnival saw thousands of people from across the city and beyond celebrating cultural diversity as Jubilee Square in the city centre came alive with live music, dance, art, film and spoken word performed by some of the city’s most talented artists. There was something for everyone from a gospel choir, rappers, jazz quartet to street performers, drumming, dance and art workshops, as well as dramatic finale in the evening featuring film, puppets, fireworks, music and spoken word.

Samworth Brothers supported the event with one of its Coldcall vans offering carnival volunteers and performers delicious free sandwiches, cakes and mini pork pies throughout the festivities. According to the organisers they went down a treat. “Samworth Brothers is proud to be part of such a culturally diverse and talented city,” said Paul Davey, Group Executive Director, Samworth Brothers. “To lend our support to such a successful and fun community carnival enjoyed by so many people from in and around Leicester, including many of our own staff, was a real honour for us.”


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PRESS RELEASE FOR COSMOPOLITAN CARNIVAL

 04.08.2016      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cosmopolitan Arts presents – Leicester’s Cosmopolitan Carnival

Saturday 27th August 2016 – 2.00pm-9.30pm

Leicester City Centre: Jubilee Square, High Street, Clock Tower, Humberstone Gate and BBC Radio Leicester.

 CELEBRATING LEICESTER BEING ONE OF THE MOST CULTURALLY DIVERSE CITIES IN THE COUNTRY THROUGH THIS DAZZLING COSMOPOLITAN ARTS FESTIVAL AND SPECTACULAR GRAND FINALE PERFORMANCE

Cosmopolitan Carnival 2pm-9.30pm 27th August 2016

The Cosmopolitan Carnival arts festival is taking over the city centre hosting an impressive line up of live music, dance and art. BBC Radio Leicester’s Kevin Ncube and Toni Finney, will compere the main stage in Jubilee Square. Artists include Leicester’s very own The Brandy Thieves, national awarding winning rapper Curtis Clacey, The Orator. UG and the world’s best DJ Jon 1st DMC will be performing an exciting collaboration, rhythmic Afrobeats by Afro-Kubanza, rising soulful star Dominique Brody will be singing, Jesse Wright will wow the crowd with her amazing voice, “Britain’s Got Reggae” stars from across the country will be performing, London based band Code Ninety will inject to pop music element to the stage, soothing gospel music from Kaine Mass Choir and the fabulous Illusive Quartet will perform stylish jazz. A range of free arts workshops will be available including Chinese calligraphy, origami and dragon making and lantern making plus much more.

There will also be a grand finale performance “Cosmocular” in Jubilee Square 8.30pm – 9.30pm, conceived, project managed and artistically directed by Amanda Leandro of Cosmopolitan Arts. This dazzling performance will involve a fantastic large-scale film projection piece by Amanda Leandro, French and English pyrotechnic performances by Pyrox and Select Dance, beautiful lanterns and giant puppets from Same Sky, an amazing live music performance created by Lead Composer & Music Director  Richard Everitt and Co-composed by John Berkavitch, Carol Leeming and Miranda Booth. Astounding spoken word from Leicester’s best wordsmith ‘John Berkavitch’ and spectacular vocals from ‘Carol Leeming’, of which both have specially written new pieces of work for this performance. The ensemble includes the best musicians from Leicester: Will Todd from “By The Rivers” will be playing bass, the highly acclaimed pianist Mike Sole, skillful drummer Malcolm D’Sa, well known jazz saxophonist Marcus Joseph, heavenly harp by Miranda Booth, exceptional tabla by Hari Trivedi and awesome trumpet by Julie Maxwell. This dazzling and spectacular performance is a unique one off experience, showcasing Leicester’s most talented artists along side national and international artists, this is one not to be missed!

There will be a stage at the Clock Tower compered by well known comedienne Kirsty Munro, hosting a vast array of cultural music, comedy and spoken word, including: Euphoria a seven piece Chinese folk group, Hari Trivedi will perform amazing Tabla and Sitar music, Ian Hall and Lindsay Warnes-Carroll will bring side splitting comedy to the event, The Orator Rhetoric Literary Society Poetry will be present wonderful spoken word, from London AOA will perform a unique blend of hip-hop enthused songs, Billy and Jody’s acoustic experience will inject some fun to the event, Calvin Jeffrey and Deven Stuart will both sing songs that will lift people’s spirits and Mr Shay livens up the crowd with some MC’ing.

On the High Street there will be an exciting blend of activities and performances, including an amazing dance performance area hosting every imaginable genre of dance. There will be a humorous street theatre performance, African drumming workshop and activities from Talent Match. On Humberstone Gate there will be a funky open top bus stage with live reggae and acoustic music and a range of free arts activities, hosted by “The Drinks Bus” and “Britain’s Got Reggae”. There will an art gallery in BBC Radio Leicester and lots of free arts workshops including a DJ master class with Jon 1st, DMC World Champion 2013.

This exciting FREE event has something for everyone and is one not to be missed, for more information contact: cosmopolitan.arts@gmail.com, www.kaleidoscopyarts.wordpress.com

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Press Release   18th July 2016

Cosmopolitan Carnival 2pm-9pm 27th August 2016

Celebrating Leicester being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, the Cosmopolitan Carnival will takeover the city centre hosting a dazzling line up of live music, dance and art. There will be a main stage in Jubilee Square compered by BBC Radio Leicester, with a range of musical genres including Leicester’s very own ‘The Brandy Thieves’. There will be an acoustic stage at the Clock Tower hosting a vast array of cultural music, comedy and spoken word. On the High Street there will be an exciting blend of activities and performances, including an amazing dance performance area hosting every imaginable genre of dance. On Humberstone Gate there will be a funky open top bus stage with live music and a range of activities. There will an art gallery in BBC Radio Leicester and lots of free arts workshops including a DJ master class with Jon 1st, DMC World champion 2013.

There will also be a grand finale performance in Jubilee Square 8.30pm – 9.30pm ‘Cosmocular’ conceived and commissioned by Cosmopolitan Arts from 8.30pm-9.30pm. This dazzling performance will involve a fantastic large-scale film projection, French pyrotechnic performance, beautiful lanterns and giant puppets, an amazing live music performance with spoken word from Leicester’s best wordsmith John Berkavitch and spectacular vocals from Carol Leeming. This family multiple arts based festival promises to have something for everyone and is definitely one to not be missed.

The Cosmopolitan Carnival shall takeover the city centre to celebrate Leicester being one of the most diverse cities in the country. BBC Radio Leicester will host a main stage in Jubilee Square, with an exciting line up live music including ‘The Brandy Thieves’. The High Street will come alive with a range of activities including our very popular dance area. An acoustic stage at The Clock Tower will host cultural music, comedy and spoken word. Humberstone Gate will have a funky open top bus music stage and lots of arts activities. There will be a dazzling illuminated large-scale film projection, pyrotechnic and live music performance from 8.30-9.30pm to end the event. There is something for everyone, definitely an event not to be missed!

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