AN international street festival is set for its twelfth year in Chelmsford later this month.

City Diversions, hosted by the city centre and Anglia Ruskin, is the new name for Essex Street Diversions which was changed in 2012 to reflect Chelmsford attaining city status.

On Saturday, September 27, a variety of family activities will line the streets of the centre of the city including fun fair rides, live music, comedy, art childrens shows and more.

All leads up to a performance from Spark Worldbeaters at 8.30pm featuring high-impact choreographed drumming and lights in a 40 minute show.

From midday, Chelmsford High Street will enjoy a variety of free shows from street bands and theatre companies from the UK and Europe. Companies such as Les Grooms (France), Mimbre (UK), and Imperial Kikiristan (France) will also pass through High Chelmer and Meadows Shopping Centres and shows from Essex-based FIPA and Buffalo Tank can be found in Bell Meadow.

After 5pm the party continues at the University. It’s a short 10 minute walk and there’s also a vintage bus providing transport between the top of the High Street and the campus.

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