Leicester

Leicester stages mega festival event

Dancing at Mela
Image caption The Mela festival was moved from July to the end of August for the new City Festival
Dancing at Mela festival
Image caption The Belgrave Mela is a celebration of Indian food and culture

A city-wide festival that brings together seven different events has drawn thousands of people to Leicester.

The City Festival took place over the bank holiday at various sites across the city centre.

The amalgamation of the seven events coincided with the city's bid to become the next UK City of Culture in 2017.

One of the featured events was the Belgrave Mela which highlighted Indian culture, arts and entertainment through music, dance, food, fashion and art.

Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the festivals were "a brilliant opportunity to show off Leicester and... the great strength of Leicester's bid which is the diversity of Leicester's people."

Other events included the End of the Pier Delights, which brought seaside attractions to Orton Square, and the Journeys Festival promoting art by refugees living in the city.

The Ride Festival allowed bike riders to "experience traffic-free roads" in parts of the city and Leicester Old Town Festival highlighted medieval life at a re-enactment camp.

The other events were a sports festival and a showcase of community events called Our Leicester Day.

Leicester has been shortlisted as a potential 2017 UK City of Culture, alongside Hull, Dundee and Swansea Bay.

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