Libraries and arts organisations across Leicestershire are being transformed through local company Buzzing Roots’ new project Overgrown City, redecorating their windows to recreate an enchanted forest and inviting the community to join them.

Libraries including The Brite Centre in Braunstone, Beaumont Leys Library, Pork Pie Library & Community Centre in Southfields and St Barnabas Libraries in North Evington, as well as arts organisations including Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, LCB Depot, Leicester Print Workshop and Curve will be taking part in the project.

A window design competition will be hosted with local schools taking part, who will get to work with local artists including Sally Stephens, Sian Watson Taylor, Steph Knowles and Kathryn Roe. Schools will also receive art materials from the company to help bring their window designs to life.

Project Manager and Buzzing Roots Founder Liga Orlovska said: “In all communities, it’s really important to share and to tell stories! At this difficult time, we are hoping to bring together communities to tell their stories by decorating their windows. Stories of our lives, our city, joys or struggles – anything can be inspiration. It’s a project that’s safe, creative and accessible for communities to engage with and we can’t wait to see everyone’s creativity.”

Buzzing Roots is a Community Interest Company set up in Summer 2020, connects communities by delivering arts and nature-based projects, workshops, community work, events and festivals in Leicester and Leicestershire. The company works with schools, families and communities to inspire curiosity and ignite their creative spark.

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