The UK’s Young Artists Leicester Festival will begin this weekend showcasing the talent of 70 young artists.

At venues across the city between Friday November 7 and Sunday November 9, a diverse programme from a variety of creative fields will be open to the public.

UK Young Artists is an organisation that was founded by De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, Derby University, Loughborough University and Arts Council England.

The organisation works across the country and the world to help promote the work of young talent between the ages of 18 to 30.

The programme includes 60 events and exhibitions showcasing  applied arts, moving image, literature, music and performance, which are all free to attend.

To perform or showcase their work at the festival, young artists from across the country had to submit examples of their talent  to a selection panel who chose the final artists who will appear at the festival this weekend.

Working with Writing East Midlands, Leicester Print Workshop, IdeasTap and Pedestrian, UK Young Artists is also offering a variety of free workshops, talks and masterclasses.

Venues of the festival include New Walk Museum, The Silver Arcade, Embrace Arts, De Montfort University’s PACE building, Upstairs at The Western, The Lansdowne and The Y Theatre.

For more information and to view the festival’s programme, visit ukyoungartists.co.uk/event/leicester-festival-2014