A Midlands city is preparing for what could be the biggest show of arts and cultural diversity with the ‘70 Rickshaws’ event which will be offering visitors the chance of a free ride in one of the world’s most classic forms of transport traditionally used in India and Pakistan.

Celebrating South Asian culture outside of Asia, the festival is being held to mark the 70th anniversary of both countries’ 70th Anniversary of Independence, with the aim of making 70 rides in a1 hour.

Now in its 7th year, ‘An Indian Summer,’ will see the vibrant passenger cars escorting people throughout the streets of Leicester, in the East Midlands, where it will be making stops at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, Highcross Shopping Centre and Cathedral Gardens.

Festival Director Jiten Anand of organisers, Inspirate, said: “As a cultural organisation we are delighted to bring this range of world-class programming to the people of Leicester and beyond.

Our goal is to represent the next generation of South Asian arts and culture on the national stage and share this with as many communities as we can.”

Assistant City Mayor Piara Singh Clair says: “An Indian Summer - part of the City Festival, which represents all areas of sports, arts and culture which takes place in the city - is a fantastic project showcasing Indian heritage and culture in creative ways and I am proud to be an partner organisation in this city-wide festival.”

The event, on Sunday August 13, will see rickshaws also accompanying cyclists taking part in British Cycling and Ride Leicester as they race through the city’s streets.