This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Cultural Quarter set for second Indian Summer
The sights, sounds and tastes of India will be spicing up Leicester's Cultural Quarter this weekend.
The second annual Indian Summer will be transforming Orton Square into a Mumbai bazaar.
Last year, the two-day festival took place in Phoenix Square, but the event has expanded, with organisers showcasing cookery classes, films and dance performances across seven venues.
Organiser Bipin Anand said: "It is going to be really colourful, exciting, vibrant and fun, with loads going on.
"If anyone has been to a Mumbai bazaar they will know it is all about the hustle and bustle, with so many sounds and smells. We are hoping to recreate that.
"This year is a big expansion, with loads of events, and while we are having short moments of panic and nerves, we are soon reminded of how brilliant and exciting it is going to be."
Run by Leicester social enterprise Inspirate, the event is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
The Exchange bar, in Rutland Street, is hosting sitar players, henna artists and Indian music workshops.
"We saw what they did last year and thought it was fantastic, so we're really pleased to get involved," said manager Anna Webb.
Indian films will be shown at Phoenix Square, while Curve will host a Carrom competition, giving visitors the chance to compete at an Indian game.
The theatre will also showcase classical Indian dance clothes, worn by performers.
At the LCB Depot, in Rutland Street, speedy cooks will be challenged to take part in a competition to see who can cook the fastest chapati.
Retro Indian music videos will be projected in Manhattan 34 bar, also in Rutland Street, and there will be food on offer at Chutney Ivy, in Halford Street.
Meanwhile, the Ramada Encore hotel, in Charles Street, is hosting talks on topics including the Ugandan migration and sex before marriage.
Bipin said: "It is a great chance for a big mishmash of people – all ages and Indian and non-Indian people – to come along and sample the culture.
"It is a mix of traditional and modern aspects, which I think helps keep the culture alive."
Events are taking place across the venues from noon on both days, until 11pm on Saturday, and 9pm on Sunday.
For more information about the programme, visit: www.indiansummer.org.uk