Youngsters to help at festivals
Volunteers with a youth charity are lining up to help at festivals throughout the year.
The Year of the Leicestival is being run by city charity Focus with the help of a £37,900 Young Roots grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Following the Chinese New Year celebrations this month, 25 young people are now preparing for festivals including Vaisakhi, the Caribbean Carnival and Rathyatra.
They will also help out "in anyway they can" at events celebrating Diwali and Christmas.
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While volunteering, they will learn about the history of each festival and the food served at them.
They will film their experiences and create an album of stories, recipes and photos.
Project manager Darren McWilliams said: "It all started with a conversation we had with a group of young people about what they loved about Leicester.
"They told us it was the food – you can get anything you want to eat in the city because of the diversity of people who live here."
Kimi Parsottam, one of the young people taking part, said: "A lot of festivals have lost their funding, so we want to help out.
"The celebrations are a valuable part of the cultural diversity of the city."
The young people have been trained in interview technique by East Midlands Oral History Archive.
They learned photography skills with Leicester People's Photographic Gallery, which will host an exhibition of photos and films by the group at the end of the year.
Volunteer Divian Patel, 17, said: "This is a unique and challenging project so I'm really excited to be involved."