New festival brings carnival celebrations to Lincoln

A new festival in Lincoln will see the city light up with vibrant colours and sounds next week.

The Lincoln Festival on July 13 is a collaboration between Lincoln BIG, the University of Lincoln and City of Lincoln Council which will bring a carnival atmosphere to the city.

The 12-hour event centres around Brayford Pool and features fabulous costumes, live music, dancing, activities, food and firework finale.

The festival also marks the launch of Lincoln BIGs summertime events, such as Lincoln Busking Festival, Lincoln Dances Festival, Lincoln by the Sea and Lincoln Evening Artists’ Markets.

The festival, which joins all the events together, will offer a number a family music events up until the end of August.

On launch day, there will be include a toddlers’ music session, live musical sets and a fun Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Additionally, visitors can watch street theatre, a climbing wall, water displays, fairground rides, and stalls.

On the University side of the Brayford, visitors can buy food from the Italian Market.

Lincoln BIG events and promotions organiser Rachel Hanson said: “We have been working with Mahogany Carnival, which has designed and made costumes with young people at Chad Varah Primary School, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School and community groups at The Showroom.

“The amazing results can be seen in two exciting processions taking place at 12pm and 4pm.

“As well as the musical acts appearing during the day, the Festival’s headline band The Torn, which has been sponsored by Lincs FM, will be performing on the University side of the Brayford at night.”

The musical theme to the festival is part of the national “Our BIG gig” scheme, with similar events happening across the country on that weekend.

Finally, a Musical Instrument Amnesty at Musicroom on High Street is encouraging families to donate unwanted instruments to the shop, which will then be passed on to schools and other organisations.

To donate big instruments, contact Mark Harrison on 01522 537141.

The event starts at the Brayford at 10am, and runs until the fireworks display at 10pm.