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City Festival opens in Leicester

Live music, Chinese dragon dancing, and sports coaching will all be held over the Bank Holiday weekend as part of a bid to make Leicester the 2017 UK City of Culture.

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Music and dancing as Leicester City Festival opens

Live music, Chinese dragon dancing and sports coaching sessions will fill the streets of Leicester as a two-day festival kicks off over the Bank Holiday.

The Leicester City Festival is an amalgamation of celebrations already held in the city, along with a number of new events.

Traditional Chinese dragon dancing will form part of the entertainment at Leicester's City Festival Credit: Julien Behal/PA

Humberstone Gate West and Gallowtree Gate will Sports Fest throughout the day today, offering coaching sessions in basketball, football and boxing.

Community groups and clubs will hold a celebration in the market, while the Journeys Festival will set up for two days as part of a tour of the East Midlands, featuring art, drama, music and poetry from refugees.

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