Opportunities in festivals

From catering to funfairs, bands to stalls, there are many ways to get involved in Leicester's festivals.

Further information

Tender opportunities

Riverside Festival

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2019

Spread over two days, the event is situated at Bede Park, along Western Boulevard next to the River Soar and Castle Gardens and is within easy walking distance from the city centre.

As well as the focus on the river, there is a general environmental theme to the festival. With visitors numbering over 40,000 spread across two days in previous years, the event appeals to all age groups from across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Trading and catering boats will be required to submit the following booking form for this event:

Display your art on the river

We are inviting local artists to show their artwork along Western Boulevard. You will be allocated a 3m space in which to put up your artwork. It will be attached to the railings along the river bank. Wire and cable ties will be provided. To submit an express of interest, please see the documents below:

Navratri celebrations at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre

Sunday 29 September to Monday 7 October, plus extra day Sunday 12 October

Navratri has been celebrated at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre for many years. It is a very successful event and attracts more than 4,000 people over the nine days (plus one) event. It is a very unique event in the sense that the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre is the only venue operating this activity (in Leicester) during the afternoons (2pm to 5pm). This allows for elderly people (who find it difficult to venture out in the evenings), to be included in the Navratri celebrations. The celebration (as aforementioned) is primarily for the elderly.

This year’s celebrations will run from Sunday 29 September 2019 to 7 October 2019 plus one extra day – Sharad Poonam which takes place on Sunday 12 October 2019. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10 April, 5pm.

Find out more on the document below:

For further information on the Navratri tender opportunity, you can email Jit Dhanji.

Vintage Mod Market

Sunday 16 June

Leicester Market has opened its tender process for organisations interested in planning a Vintage Mod Market. The festival will take place on Sunday 16 June 2019, as part of the city-wide Revive festival. 

Any organisation wishing to tender must submit their applications by 5pm on Friday 19 April 2019.

Other opportunities

We also work with partners who organise their own events. If you would like to be involved please contact the organisers directly. You can find details of these events on the Visit Leicester website which is linked at the top of this page.

To discuss being a partner or sponsor for any of our festivals and events, please use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

Please download the sponsorship documents at the bottom of this page for further details about the opportunities that are available.

Further tendering opportunities, including circuses can be found on Source Leicestershire which is linked at the top of this page. Guidance on how to approach a tendering opportunity can be found on The Nationwide Caterers Association website which is also linked at the top of this page.

If you have problems accessing or viewing any documents on this page please send us an email using the link below. 

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