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CQart | in leicester's cultural quarter

About the Cultural Quarter

The journey started in 1999 with the idea to create a Cultural Quarter for Leicester. The St. Georges South area was selected for its proximity to the City Centre and regeneration potential.

A conservation area, with a high number of magnificent architectural examples of pre-Victorian and Victorian light industrial, commercial and leisure buildings, including St. Georges Textile Mills, the Guild of the Disabled, Odean Cinema (Athena) to name but a few.

The idea of the Cultural Quarter for Leicester was an ambitious plan that has driven the regeneration of this run-down area of the City. It has delivered: A new venue for the performing arts, Curve; Creative workspaces for artists & designers, LCB Depot; and (opening autumn 2009) a Digital Media Centre. In addition the area now has much-improved streets, pavements and open spaces with integrated artworks.

Culturally led regeneration programmes have been successful in cities such as Bilbao and Dublin, and both the City Council and Leicester Regeneration Company see Leicester's Cultural Quarter as key to the City's renaissance.

It is the ambition for the Cultural Quarter area to become one of the City’s most significant visitor destinations.