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The Spark Arts for Children’s Artist in Residence project, Imaginative Neighbourhoods, are bringing
people together to celebrate what makes their community special at two events in March.

Over the past year, Artists in Residence in two Leicester Neighbourhoods – Jayne Williams, writer
in residence at Beaumont Leys and Manya Benenson and Parmjit Sagoo, artists in residence at
Belgrave have been working on projects across the community. Now it’s time for everyone to come
together and showcase everything that’s great about their neighbourhoods.

Holy Hai! Sunday 12 March 1-4pm at Belgrave Library
Celebrations and events based around the Holi Festival and the legend of Holika and Prahlad.
Watch or take part in a magnificent procession with fire umbrellas, poisonous snakes and a herd of
elephants charging to the sound of Dohl drumming. Join in a host of making and crafting activities,
Holi face painting, Storytelling and drumming workshops.

Take part before the day and join the half term Holi workshops to help construct a large scale
elephant head to lead the procession.

For more information about the Holy Hai! celebrations and to get involved search ‘Manya & Parmjit
at The Spark’ on Facebook or email

Beaumont Leys Big Celebration Saturday 18 March 2.30-4.30pm at Beaumont Leys Library
Citizens of Beaumont Leys can get together and celebrate with Live Music, Brass Bands, Spoken
Word, performances, poetry, Visual Art Exhibitions, stalls from the local community and free food.
Also on display will be stories from My Beaumont Leys. Residents of Beaumont Leys – past and
present – are invited to share their story of the town. Submissions will be displayed at the Big
Celebration and included in a book on display in the library. Any style of writing will be accepted, it
could be a poem or prose, in the style of a shopping list, Trip Advisor review, a diary entry or even
if Beaumont Leys was your dinner what would be on the plate. Submissions can be dropped off at
the library or emailed to Deadline for submissions is Friday 3 March.

For more information about Beaumont Leys Big Celebration or My Beaumont Leys search ‘Jayne
at The Spark’ on Facebook or email

Beaumont Leys Big Celebration is supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme.
For more information on Imaginative Neighbourhoods or The Spark Arts for Children visit or call 0116 261 6893.