#Leicester50 StoryFest is a storytelling festival looking at all aspects of the art, and celebrating the 50th anniversary of BBC Leicester.
The events will the techniques used by journalists, musicians, artists and writers as they tell their tales at a host of free events throughout the two days.
The events are all free and will be held at BBC Leicester and Leicester Cathedral.
Please book a ticket through Eventbrite as this gives an idea of numbers. (Please note that the event on Friday 3 March, Cathedral Stories, is fully booked up.)
The events listed below take place at Leicester Cathedral.
Friday 3 March 2017
Cathedral Stories, 10.00-12.00
What stories do cathedrals tell? In this creative workshop, led by tutors from the University of Leicester’s School of Arts, children will draw on the cathedral’s history to create their own original writing. They’ll learn what flash fiction is, and how to model a story from an object. Selected pieces will feature on the Centre for New Writing’s blog.
Workshop leaders: Dr Jonathan Taylor, Dr Mary Ann Lund
Saturday 4 March 2017
Every picture tells a story, 10.00-16.00
Staff will be on hand to tell the stories behind a selection of the cathedral windows. This is mainly for a younger audience and there will be activities for children to take part in, including getting dressed up as a Roman soldier. The eagle-eyed may even spot the football in one of the windows.
Peregrine Scavenger Hunt, 10.00-16.00
Find the facts about the cathedral’s peregrine falcons hidden in the cathedral gardens and use them to fill in the questionnaire that will be available. Prizes will be available for completed questionnaires. The peregrines are usually seen in the early morning and late afternoon so bring your binoculars!
Name the painting! 10.00-16.00
Local artist Kirsteen Thomson will be at the cathedral with her latest painting featuring King Richard III, the cathedral and other themes. It will be on display for one day only and Kirsteen is looking for suggestions from you for a title for this piece of work.
How to bury a medieval King, 11.00-11.45 and again at 13.30-14.15
Canon Pete Hobson tells the inside story of the reinterment of King Richard III, and how the king was laid to rest.
A Leicester Story: Joseph Merrick, the ‘Elephant Man’, 14.30-15.15
New author Joanne Mungovin tells the story of Joseph Merrick and Victorian attitudes to deformity.
Toward Stillness: a concert telling stories, in words and music, about evening, 19.30-20.30
The choir of Leicester Cathedral
De Montfort University Gospel Choir
Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo
With music by Howells, Rachmaninov, Scarlatti, Ryan Probert
And words by Tennyson, Carol Ann Duffy, Ana Blandiana, Edward Thomas and Christina Rossetti
A bar will be available in the Cathedral from 6.30pm.
* Please note that during these events, access to some parts of the Cathedral will be restricted to tourist visitors *