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The Leicester Arts Festivals group was invited to deliver a short event as part of the 2017 Cultural Exchanges programme at De Montfort University.

We responded to a mixed audience comprising students, cultural professionals and wider members of the public, with a short presentation to share the purpose of LAF and its current activities.

The session also allowed an opportunity for five LAF members to share their Festival work with contributions from Jiten Anand (Inspirate – An Indian Summer), David Hill (ArtReach – Night of Festivals and Journeys Festival), Juliet Martin (Everybody’s Reading), Maddie Smart (Curve – Inside Out Festival) and Vanessa Scott (University of Leicester – Literary Leicester).

The presentation was followed by a lively discussion focusing on visibility of festivals in Leicester, content and gaps in the market, and aspirations for audience development. Lots of food for thought and for discussion at future LAF meetings!