The 25th logo to celebrate Attenborough Arts Centre Anniversary
Richard Attenborough kneeling on the ground surrounded by people raising money to support the building of the Attenborough Arts Centre building with two guide dogs in the foreground, 1991
Launching the appeal for Disability Centre, 1991, University of Leicester, Special Collections Archive

Celebrating 25 Years of Creativity

27 May 1997 – 27 May 2022
For 25 years, Attenborough Arts Centre has been breaking down barriers to the arts. Attenborough Arts Centre was established by Richard Attenborough, a lifelong champion of arts and social justice who campaigned to make culture accessible to everyone. He opened our building together with Diana, Princess of Wales, on 27 May 1997. A quarter-of-a-century on, we continue Lord Attenborough’s mission, recognising the many prevailing systemic inequalities which prevent access to culture for so many people and striving to open opportunities for creativity to the most underrepresented people in society. Join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary as we reflect on our many successes and achievements over the years, while looking ahead to a bright future guided by Lord Attenborough’s founding vision.

Upcoming Events

Michael Attenborough Talking to a seated audience
An Evening with Michael Attenborough CBE
Join us for an evening with Michael Attenborough, who will be helping us mark our 25th anniversary with a special event highlighting the Attenborough Arts Centre’s history and the Attenborough family’s long standing connection with the University. There will be an opportunity for questions following the talk and then for informal chat over drinks and canapés in Attenborough Arts Centre.

Thursday 9 June, 6pm – 9pm

Baby is sat on the floor with a stick on moustache
Family Rave Festival
The Family Rave Crew are taking over the entire centre to bring you a family fun filled day of festival frolics and fabulousness!

All the joys of a festival without the wellies & soggy tent. Come dressed in full colour, shiny sequins and your best festival outfits. There will be 2 Family Rave sessions, live music, street style performance, loads of drop in art and craft activities, forest school activities, dance and yoga workshops, face painting and eco glitter station.

Sunday 31 July, 10am – 5pm

Explore our history through our archival videos below