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Rush to celebrate Leicester festival’s 10th anniversary

Published: 23 June 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Southpaw Dance Company’s Rush

Journeys Festival International is to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the free festival in Leicester city centre filling the streets with “curious characters and superb outdoor shows”.

The 2022 festival will explore migration and experiences of seeking sanctuary. It will also host “one of the most powerful and explosive outdoor shows the city has ever seen”.

A cast of up to 200 performers will take part in Southpaw Dance Company’s show Rush which will transform Lee Circle with Southpaw’s “distinctive” storytelling. The storyline is by local writer Jess Green.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the festival has a new format. Lorna Fulton, creative director of ArtReach, producers of the festival, said, “this year we’re hoping to give people the best weekend possible in 72 hours of free festival fun. Ensuring that almost all the excellent performances and shows are on more than once during the three days means the audience won’t miss a thing.

“It’s thrilling to be able to host international artists in Leicester and we’re going to be bigger than ever in 2022. Thanks to Arts Council England and Creative Europe funding, we’re able to keep the festival free to attend which will help us create a real buzz around the city.”

The festival will be held from Friday 12 until Sunday 14 August. Further information is available at the ArtReach web site.