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Imaginative Neighbourhoods

Imaginative Neighbourhoods saw artists working together with librarians and the community to encourage families and children to become actively involved in the arts and culture in the heart of their community. They supported storytelling as a medium to promote reading for pleasure.

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Imaginative Neighbourhoods was part of a four-year long project placing artists in residence within a Leicester library. It follows on from Imaginative Spaces (2014-2016).

The four years culminated in the summer of 2018 with a programme of mischief, magic and mild mayhem to support the Summer Reading challenge. Highlights included a magical mischief family picnic, a library sleep over, Giggles in the Garden for early years and Agent M – an interactive theatre performance that toured city libraries and appeared at the City Festival.

We would like to say a special thank you to the artists in residence over these years: Maya Benenson, John Berkavitch, Trina Haldar, Dave “Stickman” Higgins, Andy Reeves, Parmjit Sagoo and Jayne Williams; and all of the librarians and families who worked with us.