Pick up a guide to Rugby World Cup 2015 in Leicester
All the events that will support the live rugby action in Leicester are listed in the free guide, with a packed programme of street theatre, live music, dance and carnival parades taking place in and around the city centre from 2-11 October.
Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “In around two months’ time, we’ll be welcoming fans from around the world to watch Rugby World Cup 2015 matches in our city.
“We want to make sure that visitors and local people can all get involved in rugby’s biggest event, so we’ve come up with a packed schedule of events that will support the three matches taking place here – and that will ensure that Leicester is buzzing during the 10 days of the festival programme.
“Details of all the events – from Haka to classical music, and from comedy to street theatre – are now available in a handy guide and online, so that people can start to plan their visit to the city or simply look forward to 10 days of great entertainment this autumn.”
Leicester’s cultural programme will include Night of Festivals – a weekend spectacular of live music, carnival parades, storytelling, dance, film and art installations taking place in the city centre and at the official Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone.
A night-time carnival procession on 3 October – featuring costumed stilt-walkers, illuminated characters and some extraordinary inflatable costumes – will make its way from New Walk Museum to the Fanzone, culminating in an exciting finale in Victoria Park.
The festival atmosphere will continue outside the Leicester stadium before each match, with organisers promising activity that will give a nod to the nations taking part.
Cultural programme co-ordinator Simon Brown said: “We hope that there really will be something for everyone to enjoy in this programme.
“There’s a rugby theme to many of the events – including a never-ending rugby match on Gallowtree Gate and a giant rugby game that’s played with a 6’-tall joystick – but much of the programme has been inspired by the culture of the countries that will be playing matches in Leicester.
“We’ll have artists and artwork representing Argentina, Canada, Namibia, Romania and Tonga featuring in our celebrations, and there will also be a performance by the London Tango Orchestra on Humberstone Gate.
“The Bardi Symphony Orchestra will present a World Cup-inspired concert, featuring music from across the rugby-playing nations, and we’ll even have Argentinian tango at Leicester station, performed by local dancers and choreographed by dance professional Camilla Dallerup.
“But there’s also lots going on that isn’t World Cup-related – and full details of all these events are available in the free guide and on our website.”
Leicester’s cultural programme will complement activities taking place at the official Fanzone at Victoria Park.
The Fanzone will open on Saturday 3 October, giving fans the chance to see England play Australia and South Africa v Scotland on the big screen, before Leicester hosts its first match on Sunday 4 October.
Apart from two rest days, the Fanzone will be open every day until Sunday 11 October, with up to three live games shown each day – including all three of the games being played in Leicester.
Tickets for the three games in Leicester – Argentina v Tonga (4 October), Canada v Romania (6 October) and Argentina v Namibia (11 October) – are available at https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com/
The free guide is available from the Visit Leicester shop, as well as from libraries, bars, cafes and other city centre outlets. The information is also available online at www.visitleicester.info/rugbywc2015.