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Thursday Doors Cultural Quarter

Leicester has a Cultural Quarter in the city centre. Where there used to be seedy sex shops, dodgy clubs, dilapidated factories and a bus depot, there is now a gallery, performing arts centre, artists workshops and the Phoenix Cinema showing arty movies.* But the jewel in the crown is the amazing Curve Theatre, designed by Rafael Vinoly. Unlike other theatres, “there is no traditional backstage area. Audiences can enjoy the full theatre making process, peek behind the scenes and maybe even spot an actor or two dashing from the stage to their dressing room or enjoying a coffee. The curved façade is made from 1,192 tonnes of steel and 46000m² of glass.” (Curve website).

Sadly, stringent covid-19 restrictions have prevented the cultural quarter from performing over the past nine months. I walked through the empty streets in the rain this morning, on my way to the open fruit and vegetable market, and took some photographs of doors – what else?

No dog fouling. Or if your dog does foul, pick up its business and dispose of it properly.
This is a door leading to a thin lounge bar, the Exchange.
Alexandra House. I like the carved brickwork around the entrance.
Carron Buildings are about to be redeveloped, in keeping with the Cultural Quarter.
Doorway to a back yard.
In need of further renovation

Leicester is trying to market itself as a vibrant, “green” city. #EscapeTheEveryday poster shows the gateway to St Mary de Castro church, close to Castle Gardens.

*I found an old photograph I took of a newspaper billboard (the Leicester Mercury) drawing attention to the concerns of sex shop owners over the detrimental effects of new the Curve Theatre in 2008.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

2 replies on “Thursday Doors Cultural Quarter”

You’ve brought us some wonderful doors. I love the door on that skinny lounge – I like the whole building. I hope the effort continues to bring this area back, it looks like there is much to preserve. The stone arches, especially the one with the large iron gate are magnificent.

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