Lest-Ha! Exclusive Poster – raising funds for Leicester Comedy Festival
Comedians including Romesh Ranganathan, Milton Jones, Shazia Mirza, Flo & Joan, Tim Vine and Ed Byrne are amongst the performers who have donated their jokes to be included on an exclusive hand pulled screen printed poster on sale to raise money for Leicester Comedy Festival. The limited edition poster has been designed and hand printed by artist Barry D Bulsara. Barry’s work has previously been exhibited at Conclave Gallery (Brighton), New British Artists – Affordable Art Fair (London), International Macules Exhibition (Barcelona) and Print & Design Now Exhibition (London), following his graduation from Glasgow School of Art.
The poster (titled ‘Lest-Ha!’) features jokes from comedians who regularly perform at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. The festival is the longest running comedy festival in Europe, having been produced every February since 1994. The event is produced by registered charity Big Difference Company, and features headline acts alongside community events, and those involving children and young people, older people. In 2020 there is a specific programme of events aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of people visiting the festival. The charity receives less than 5% of its funding from public bodies and raises the rest of the income from sponsors, some ticket income and donations from comedians and audience members. Sales of the limited edition poster are expected to raise over £7,500 which will be used to increase the number of community projects during the festival.
Artist Barry D Bulsara said “this has been a great project to work on and I’m delighted to be able to support Leicester Comedy Festival and the great work they do each year. Comedy is a great way on engaging people and the festival is a great showcase of British comedy, which attracts people from across the UK. If my poster can help sustain and extend the work of Big Difference Company, then that has to be a good thing.”