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Diwali Festival Sponsorship

Leicester City Council | Published February 15, 2017  -  Deadline August 1, 2017
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Leicester is a dynamic, multicultural hub in the East Midlands with excellent transport links, a fascinating heritage, an impressive cultural offer and developing tourist profile. It has a strong history of enterprise and continues to look to develop stakeholder relationships with businesses for mutual benefit. The Arts & Museums Service is committed to providing a range of high quality events and activities, within safe and suitable environments, which appeal to the diverse communities and age groups within our city. Leicester has a growing number of visitors from throughout the UK and beyond. Diwali, the ‘Festival of Light’, is an ancient festival, celebrated in India and across the world each autumn. Diwali marks the start of the Hindu new year. It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. Diwali is a religious festival celebrated by Leicester’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities, but everyone is welcome in Leicester’s ‘Golden Mile’ for this glittering spectacle, and it is enjoyed by a wide cross section of Leicester’s communities as well as national and international visitors. As part of the Diwali Leicester 15-day celebration, there are opportunities for potential sponsors to support the programme’s major highlight events which are funded and organised by Leicester City Council: •	Diwali Lights Switch-On Ceremony (Sunday 8th October 2017): includes the switch-on of over 6,000 street lights along Leicester’s “Golden Mile”; vibrant performances of music and dance on our stage and screen in Belgrave Road; a spectacular Garden of Fire and Light in adjacent Cossington Street Recreation Ground; followed by an exciting fireworks display. This was attended by around 37,000 people in 2015. •	Diwali Day celebrations (Thursday 19th October 2017) continue in Belgrave Road and Cossington Street Recreation Ground, with its own stage and large screen; a host of performers, street entertainers and a further stunning fireworks display. 40,000 people attended in 2016. •	Additional opportunities are available to support further Diwali Leicester events and activities throughout the city centre. Further details of the sponsorship opportunity can be obtained in the Proposal (link to the documentation is below under “Associated Documents” along with the Sponsorship Agreement), disregarding the statement “These documents are for information only. Please follow instructions for registration and receipt of full tender/quotation documentation”. Please contact our Arts & Museum Service to discuss further: Deborah Hunter on 0116 454 3523 or email Deborah.Hunter@leicester.gov.uk Please complete and return the Proposal Submission to Deborah Hunter by email by 14:00hrs, 1st August 2017 at the very latest. Late submissions and those received by any other means will not be accepted. Any queries/questions regarding this opportunity must be received via this portal. Organisations are asked to regularly check this opportunity on Source Leicestershire for any updates. Any advertised opportunity might be updated or removed at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. Applicants should note that due to the technicality of the software package being used to create this advert, this Opportunity will become "invisible" at midnight, 31st July 2017. Applicants are therefore requested to save all documentation relating to this Opportunity locally.
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