Leicester Comedy Festival
The Leicester Comedy Festival, it's fair to say, was born at DMU.
The event's founder Geoff Rowe created the festival as a final year project for his Arts Management course.
When the festival began - back in 1994 - it was a week long, covering 40 events.
Now, in 2017, it is a nationally-recognised event, helping to define Leicester's cultural identity, jam-packed with over 800 events across 19 days.
It remains the longest running comedy festival in Europe and attracts the greatest line-up of arena-filling headliners, established acts, newcomers and bizzare, eclectic performers outside of Edinburgh.
In short, it's fantastic and thanks to the unique partrnership DMU has with the festival, each year hundreds of our students get to go behind the scenes and see how a world class event like this is run.
Students on our Arts and Festivals Management course are trusted to run some of the venues, taking care of acts and promoting the events.
Our Media Production students cover live performances, Journalism students review new shows and many of our graduates take to the stage themselves, making names for themselves as stand-ups.
Read the news to the right to see how this year, we're once again helping Leicester to laugh out loud.