Cultural Quarter

The Cultural Quarter is transforming Leicester’s former textile and shoe hub into a thriving area for creatives, artists, designers and craftspeople.

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At the heart of the Cultural Quarter is the Curve theatre, designed by international architect Rafael Vinoly. Curve has a growing reputation as one of the country's leading producing theatres, including world premieres alongside shows direct from the West End.

Makers' Yard

Just next door is the award winning Makers' Yard. Located in the oldest surviving hosiery factory in the East Midlands, this listed building has been sensitively restored into 10 studios which houses a growing creative community of artists and designer-makers.

Leicester Creative Business Depot (LCB)

Also offering managed workspaces is the LCB Depot who also host a Business Development Team to help your creative business achieve your objectives, all designed to be a place where creative businesses can flourish.

Phoenix Square

For film buffs and digital art fans, Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture. Showing everything from micro-budget independent films to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, in two modern cinema screens, they also regularly organise festivals and events. Their art programme presents work by local and international artists, and their education work helps people of all ages to learn about, and create their own, film and art.

There are a growing number of arts venues and arts and festivals activity in and around the Cultural Quarter, including the Two Queens gallery and studio complex; Leicester’s St George’s Day celebrations as well as the Indian Summer festival.