This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
|Deevani Jina, Mansi Vithlani and Prianka Lakhani|
Sun shines on An Indian Summer to entice crowd of 8,000
ABOUT 8,000 people visited a cultural festival of dance, cooking, entertainment and everything Indian in the city centre.
An Indian Summer Festival was held in Leicester's Cultural Quarter at the weekend.
There were stalls selling everything from food to clothing and jewellery, as well as dancing and tuk-tuk rides.
Visitor Pushpa Solanki, 54, of Evington, Leicester, said: "I only got to see half of it, but it was fantastic. It was very well organised.
"I liked the involvement of everybody from different communities. The tuk-tuk brought back memories of when I go to India – it's a form of transport I enjoy."
Festival director Bipin Anand said: "It was an absolutely awesome weekend! People were commenting on what a fantastic vibe there was and many said that the festival was so different from anything they had ever experienced in Leicester.
"When we started An Indian Summer more than two years ago we had a vision in mind on what we wanted the festival to be like, this year is the closest we have come to achieving that vision.
"Next year's festival will be bigger, better and take us even closer to achieving our initial vision."
The estimated 8,000 festival visitors over the weekend was well up on last year's 3,500.