Free Family Festival Comes to Leicester This July

Free Journeys Festival Comes to Leicester
Free Journeys Festival Comes to Leicester

Just in time for the start of the school holidays, Journeys Festival International returns to the city centre for a jam-packed weekend on 22 and 23 July. The U.K’s first Festival of Sanctuary will celebrate its 11th year in the city and the start of the summer holidays with a programme of exciting outdoor arts shows for audiences of all ages.

The festival shares performances with creative and cultural activities by artists from the UK and beyond. The festival will celebrate Leicester as an international and diverse city with a programme of performances that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Get ready to roam around the streets of Leicester with sea giant Eko, enjoy hip-hop dance, acrobatics and aerial performances or take a few moments of rest in a rotating hammock at the Clock Tower. The festival will also have fabulous shows to see in Jubilee Square, on the High Street, Green Dragon Square and St Peter’s Square as the team aims to fill the city streets with creative activities and world-class artists.

During the weekend, you’ll be able to interact with the international performers of Kamchàtka as they wander the city streets, explore stories of female migration by Whispered Tales and investigate fast fashion in a dance show by Directie & Co.

There will also be masterful puppeteering by Autin Dance Theatre, characters from Persian Paintings with Sonia Sabri Company plus there will be astonishing acrobatic and dance skills of TeaTime Company, Mimbre, Damae Dance and Compagnie Dyptik. 

If all that excitement means you need some rest, you’ll be able enjoy some time up in the air with The Relaxerette and then come back to hop on the giant swings by All or Nothing. People can also get down to the beats of the Big Fat Disco Bike and let your children scream for good at Roar Race. Get your phones ready to access hidden virtual reality content with Avant Garde Dance or join in an urban safari exploration with Actic.

There’s lots to explore at Journeys Festival International this year – you can find more information about the festival weekend on 22 and 23 July at

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