Past events

Ancient Giants: Design, Dance and Martial Arts - presented by Inspirate

LCB Depot - Cafe Event Organisers, general public, cultural producers, venues, street arts producers, outdoor arts, puppeteers, inward investment professionals, community organisations

Jiten Anand CEO of award winning cultural producers Inspirate will chair a discussion looking at the value and potency of working with designers when producing cultural festivals.  Presentations and discussion from

  • Sophie Akbar (Without Walls, Development Producer),
  • Tom Cleaver (Mr Cleavers Monsters, Puppet Master) 
  • Chirag Lukha (Martial Artist & Dance Choreographer). 

The discussion will focus on Inspirate’s production for Leicester Diwali festival – the largest celebration of Diwali outside of India.

Gods and Demons from ancient South Asian tales will be brought to life in a visual spectacle of giant puppetry, adventure and surprise for Diwali Lights Switch On. Join the artists, producers and funders behind this epic production, where they will explore the intricate symbiotic synergy between Design, Dance and Martial Arts. The UK outdoor arts scene is changing and Inspirate are paving the way for new contemporary South Asian culture, starting with their UK touring production of Ancient Giants, supported by Without Walls.


Design Season - The Textiles Takeover

LCB Depot Anyone that enjoys working with textiles or wants to learn new skills. Open to the public

Design Season presents – The Textiles Takeover – A taster event for next year’s first ever @LeicesterTextilesFestival‘  

Leicester textile artists present a day of fun engaging textile activity aimed at promoting textile design and the circular economy.  Hosted at LCB Depot the day comprises a range of sessions with Gray’s coffee shop & kitchen open all day.  Sessions include

Textile Swap

Got any fabric, balls of yarn, thread, haberdashery, patterns or other textile related craft items, kits or books that you no longer use? Bring items to swap and get tickets to exchange for something different! You can hand in items on the day or drop them off beforehand on the 11th

Make Do & Mend

Drop in with items that need mending or upcycling for advice and tips

Skill Swap 

Drop-in sessions to learn new textiles skills including how to use a sewing machine, simple embroidery, and knitting and crochet. Fun Ideas Hub for using scraps of fabric, repurposing old textiles and creating Halloween outfits from items you might already have at home.

Clothes Swap 

Do you want to refresh/re-energise your wardrobe for free? Tired of looking at clothes you never wear? Want to make more sustainable choices in what you wear? The Autumn clothes swop event is just what you need….and it needs you Simply bring up to 10 items (clothes, shoes, accessories) and get swapping!

For every item you bring – you get to take home something new to you – how good is that?? All items should be clean, size labelled if needed and in good wearable condition. Local stylists, including @cathirae will be offering FREE styling advice on the day to help you get the most from your new wardrobe!

CQ Earlies

LCB Depot Children and families
It’s Cultural Quarter Earlies again on October 8th – free creative family activities on the 2nd Saturday of every month in venues across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter – with a DESIGN Theme
This month at LCB Depot we’re exploring where we live- from buildings to furniture to gadgets – join us from 12-4pm and get making!
💡Idea Factory- brainstorm, design and build your ideas
🏛 Den Building! We’ll provide the cardboard and blankets, the rest is up to you!
Join Ranjit from @brainartuk for his regular workshops exploring science and art with paper and clay, this time exploring inventions!
🥕 Seasons at LCB Depot. @thelittlestorytellers are telling the story of the Seasons at LCB Depot’s garden. Combining the power of creativity and gardening to positively impact children with long term illnesses mental wellbeing, provide access to a green community space and an opportunity to connect with others.
🍎Apple Press – it’s that time of year again! Bring your apples and help make Amazing Fresh Juice!
🏦 Minecraft is BACK! join us to explore our #architecture season theme colour
All sessions are free, no need to book, just turn up! SPREAD THE WORD!
🍔 Get delicious lunch and refreshments from @grays_lcbdepot
🛺 PLUS take a free @rideleicester rickshaw ride to the other CQ earlies venues Two Queens, Curve, and Phoenix
You can find out what’s going on there via
Cultural Quarter Earlies are free drop-in activities for toddlers to ten year olds (and their grown ups) across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Phoenix, Two Queens, Leicester Print Workshop, LCB Depot, and Curve. Follow @cqearlies to keep up to date- we’re always interested to hear what you think- send us your ideas and feedback via