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Dara O’Briain Hosts a Celebration of The Art of Science Writing


Whether it is searching for what makes us human, understanding the universe or even managing risk, the Royal Society Science Book Prize celebrates outstanding science writing and has created an incredible 30 year legacy.

Discover the Royal Society’s history and find out what makes a compelling science book, why public appetite for this genre of literature has gone from strength to strength and how popular science writing has changed over the years.


  • Dara Ó Briain, Comedian and presenter (Host)
  • Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Astrophysicist and Chair of judges 2012
  • Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials & Society at UCL, and Prize Winner 2014
  • Vivienne Parry, Science writer and broadcaster

Room 700, Leeds Central Library

Wednesday 19 July, 7:30pm

This is a free event but please book your ticket here  

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Are You Easily Embarrassed?


What People Think is a witty and revealing original production by the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers (CYTM) at the Carriageworks on Sat 29 July.

A team of researchers have come up with a hypothesis: people who feel embarrassment less keenly are more successful in life. They set out to prove their hypothesis through presenting the contrasting experiences of siblings; one who feels embarrassment easily and one who is never embarrassed. Created a talented ensemble of  young theatre makers What People Think is a light-hearted original show touching on themes of social awkwardness, growing up and success in a post-truth world.

Led by professional theatre director, Ruth Cooper, the group is formed of young people aged between 10 and 19 who meet weekly to create new and original theatre.  CYTM develops young people’s confidence and skills as performers, writers and directors. In creating a new piece of theatre the CYTM work as an ensemble, developing team-work and increasing their vocabulary of contemporary performance styles and techniques. The young people form a supportive group in which their creativity is nurtured and they are offered a genuine platform for their ideas.

What People Think is at Carriageworks Theatre on Sat 29 July at 2pm & 7.30pm. 

Tickets cost £6 (Adults £8) and are available from 0113 376 0318, online through the website at or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall.

Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers are looking for new members to join from September!

Informal auditions and introductory workshop will be held on Tuesday 18th July 6pm-7.30pm at the Carriageworks Theatre. If you’d like to get involved please call 07891 272410 or email

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Thrones and Tomes: Westeros is Coming!


With its backstabbing, bloody battles and dragons, Game of Thrones is back! And, to celebrate, Leeds Central Library’s Room 700 is transforming into a medieval-style marketplace where you can discover more about the myths, legends and real-life history that inspired the award-winning books and TV show.

You can expect on the day –

Armour demonstrations

Talks from the University of Leeds about royal women in power and medieval medicine

The opportunity to handle and view centuries old books that tell the story of some of the real life events behind the fantasy

Medieval and Renaissance music from the Leeds Waits and lutist Peter Bollada

Game of Thrones inspired activities and games for all the family

…and much more

Room 700, Leeds Central Library

22 July 2017, 12-4pm

Entry is £3 or free if you come in costume, with the best-dressed being crowned King or Queen of Westeros.

Book your tickets here


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Peti Consort Choir Tackles 20 Century Composers

A specialist vocal consort led by young Slovenian conductor, Aljosa Skorja, will perform its second concert – of scintillating 20th century music  on Saturday, 22 July at 7.30pm in St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton.

The Péti Consort drew together experienced singers from the North of England for their first concert of the sublime music of Palestrina last November.

Now the choir’s second venture turns to choral classics from composers such as Rachmaninoff, Britten, Stravinsky and Messiaen. The singers will also dip into works of slightly lesser known contemporary composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt, Vytautas Miskinis and Eric Whitacre.

The 28-strong consort will be performing works which express the deepest human emotions: joy, love, devotion and grief – particularly as in the Song for Athene by John Tavener which moved the nation at the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Aljosa, or Josh as he is more colloquially known, is director of music at St Matthew’s, a thriving parish church in Chapel Allerton, with an established, robed choir and a very strong musical tradition.

“This music is challenging for the singers but is a joy to listen to,” said Josh. “And, as we all know, you don’t get to hear 20th Century music live that often!

“My aim in founding the Péti Consort was to bring together the best amateur talent in the district and perform to a high standard after a very few rehearsals.

“All the singers are busy with other commitments, so cannot meet for regular rehearsals. Instead we condense the practice into a very tight schedule of five or six rehearsals before the concert. I rely on the singers to learn their own parts before we meet to refine the sound together. This makes it all very exciting.”



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Sisterhood: An Evening of Female Alt-Folk Wonderment at Seven Arts

Four accomplished Leeds musicians will take the stage at Seven Arts on Friday 14th July in a unique celebration of local women in music.

The evening’s all-female line-up will see Fuzzy Jones, Fran Wyburn, Astraluna and Miranda Arieh – each of whom have been featured on BBC Introducing and have a wealth of composing, performing and recording experience between them – taking the stage together to perform their original songs, individually and collectively. The artists will also be sharing some of their experiences and inspirations for song-writing with the audience. 

“In a music industry in which PRS report only 16% of its members are women, we felt that a gig celebrating the diversity of music being produced by Leeds female musicians would be appropriate,” said Jennifer Birch (aka Astraluna). “We also wanted to have a collaborative feel to the event, which is why we are performing alongside each other as opposed to having a headline act”.

Tickets are £8 in advance (£10 on the door) from Seven Arts or online at

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UK’s Tallest Mural Soars Above Leeds City Skyline

The finishing touches have been put to the UK’s tallest piece of street art.

The giant artwork entitled “Athena Rising” soars 46.8 metres (153 feet) from the ground, making it several metres taller than the statue of Christ which looms over Rio de Janeiro, and a similar size to the Statue of Liberty!

Using the full length of Bruntwood’s Platform building as its canvas, which can be viewed from Leeds train station’s platforms far below, the striking 11 metre-wide design centres on an owl in flight, alongside the moon and a crown, as a nod to the artists involved.


It has taken internationally-acclaimed street art muralist pair Nomad Clan, dubbed ‘one of street art’s finest female duos’, just over two weeks and hundreds of cans of spray paint to complete the work. The duo – Cbloxx and AYLO (aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner) – have worked up to eight hours a day harnessed in a cradle suspended down the side of the building, through the last few weeks’ heat, wind and rain.

The piece is part of the citywide street art project ‘A City Less Grey’, initiated by East Street Arts and fully funded by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District). The project aims to animate the city and incorporate works of art onto and into Leeds’ buildings and streets.

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New “INDI” Festival Geared at Young Film-makers & Fans


Independent Directions (the INDIs) is a brand new film festival taking place 14-16 July across venues in Leeds. The festival will include specialist screenings of films, including independent British and International cinema, industry sessions, panel discussions and other installations entirely curated for an audience of 16-30 year olds.




From a panel talk with professionals across the industry on how to get your foot in the door or advance your career, to UK premieres and previews of the best upcoming films such as provocative Australian LGBT* film Pulse, and Brakes, an improv bittersweet comedy starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. The prestigious INDIs Awards takes centre-stage on Saturday 15 July at Headrow House, which champions up and coming filmmakers who are in with a chance of winning up to £750 worth of prizes.



Full programme:

Friday 14 July

Workshop: Studio12 Drop-In Studio 12 – 13:00-16:00 – Free

Networking: Meet + Greet The Reliance – 16:00-late – Free

Film: The Beguiled (cert. 15) Hyde Park Picture House – 17:30 + 20:30 –  £7.50 /£6 conc. / £5 (16-19)

Film: Spaceship Headrow House – 20:00 – £5 / £3


Saturday 15 July

Film: Random Acts Programme (cert. 15) Headrow House – 11:00-12:30 – Free

Exhibition: Viral Video TBA – 11:00-late – Free

Panel: A Career in the Film Industry Headrow House – 13:30-15:00 – Free

Film Preview: Queerama (cert. 15) Hyde Park Picture House – 14:00 – £6.50 / £5

INDIs Awards Headrow House – 16:00-19:00 – Free

Networking: Post-Awards Headrow House – 19:00-late – Free

Film Preview: Brakes (cert. 15 TBC) Headrow House – 20:00 – £6.50 / £5


Sunday 16 July

Workshop: Screenwriting The Reliance – 13:30-16:00 – Free

Film UK Premiere: Pulse (cert. 15 TBC) Hyde Park Picture House – 14:00 – £5 / £3


For further information on the INDIs check out their Facebook and Twitter.

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Roll up, roll up…A World Famous Leeds Variety Show in Support of our Carers.




Join local charity Carers Leeds this Saturday for an afternoon of great entertainment held in one of the UK’s oldest music halls. Five incredible acts from across the UK will come together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Opera-lele – George Bartle and Amanda Harkett offer a crossover act specialising in singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele.

Andy Eastwood – specialist in the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar, in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.

The Mersey Belles – cousins Nancy and Pearl will take you on a trip down memory lane infusing the ukulele with fabulous renditions of all the old classics from the 20’s right up to the 50’s.

Alan Yates – offers music including George Formby, Melody and old time ‘Sing-alongs’ for those trips down memory lane! 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Rock & Roll, Beatles, Shadows and Eagles.

Ray and Jonny – Whether it is wartime songs, or cheeky ballads, these boys have something for everyone.

Master of Ceremonies Matthew Ward – returns to the City Varieties to host a splendid afternoon of music and merriment and will ensure that the afternoon runs smoothly and splendiferously.

The Acts appearing are all giving their time and talents to show their support for the 72,000 carers living in Leeds. With your help, together we can support carers to take care of themselves, whilst caring for their loved ones.

For over 20 years Carers Leeds has been committed to improving the lives of the city’s unpaid carers and helping them to continue caring. Based in Leeds city centre, it delivers confidential one-to-one and group support, as well as advice over the phone and online.

Tickets are just £12 each or £10 for carers. To book call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 or book online here.



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Extraordinary Opportunity for Young Musicians with Opera North



Opera North’s popular Orchestra Camp returns this summer with young players being given the opportunity to spend a week of their school holidays perfecting their skills with some of the region’s finest performers.

The camp will run at the University of Leeds School of Music from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August and is open to keen instrumentalists aged 10 to 18 years. It is suitable for orchestral players of all abilities, from Grade 1 to Grade 8, including strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. Over the course of the week, participants will be appropriately challenged to develop within their own technical ability.

The young people will take part in instrumental activities, vocal sessions, and drama and movement workshops, designed to enhance both their playing skills and general musicianship in an enjoyable, creative and inspiring way. They will also master new pieces with professional musicians, and will be mentored by members of the Orchestra of Opera North, culminating in a side-by-side performance on the final day.

The theme of the Orchestra Camp has been inspired by L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) which is one of Opera North’s forthcoming productions in The Little Greats season of six shorter operas. Ravel’s bewitching work tells the fantastical tale of a naughty young boy who, having been confined to his room for refusing to do his homework, is rebuked by the animals, furniture and plants that he has mistreated in the past. As well as looking at Ravel’s extraordinary music, the young players will explore a range of other scores written in response to mystery and magic, including pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and John Williams.

Opera North Orchestra Camp is non-residential with sessions running from 9.30am-4pm each day. Parents are welcome to drop off children from 9am and can collect up to 5pm.

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

The cost of the camp is £150 per person, which includes all workshops and the final performance with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Discounts are available for siblings: places for two children cost £270, while the price for three children is £400. Bookings can be made at Orchestra Camp or, for two siblings or more, on 0844 848 2720.

The deadline for booking is the end of July.

The Orchestra Camp is supported by the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund. Opera North’s Education programme is supported by Opera North Future Fund and the Whitaker Charitable Trust.

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Cultural Pioneer James Lavelle Brings Daydreaming Exhibition to Leeds Dock


Leeds Dock will be hosting a very special exhibition from cultural pioneer James Lavelle of UNKLE and Mo’ Wax in spaces across the site June 24th – 25th.

Daydreaming with UNKLE presents… The Road: Leeds Dock is a multi-sensory exhibition in partnership with Canon, Bowers & Wilkins and Leeds BID (Business Improvement District) and curated by the Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder himself.

The Daydreaming with… exhibitions are inspired by the desire to marry music and the visual arts and aim to create a unique and multi-sensory experience, unprecedented by museum exhibitions or music festivals.

James Lavelle whose 25-year career spans and has influenced art, music, graphic design, film, fashion and media will take control of a series of spaces at Leeds Dock to create a unique and interactive exhibition celebrating 25 years of UNKLE by exploring the cultural impact of his work in anticipation of the release of UNKLE’s fifth studio album: The Road: Part I.

“UNKLE has always been a multi-sensory creative project, ranging from genre-defining music to cutting-edge visual art,” said James. “It therefore feels incredibly fitting to celebrate UNKLE’s past, present and future in Leeds, with an immersive show at the cultural hub of Leeds dock. The exhibition is a collaboration between a number of very talented artists, presenting everything from paintings, videos, artefacts and film screenings. I look forward to welcoming visitors to daydream with us.” James Lavelle


Sunday 25th June 2017

  • James Lavelle DJ set- Waterfront Festival Stage at Leeds dock – 5:30pm – 7pm

Saturday 24th– Sunday 25th June 2017
Dock Works at Leeds Dock – 10am – 18:00.
The exhibition will feature:

  • Classic pieces from the Mo’ Wax and UNKLE archives: Music releases, art, fashion and toy collaborations.
  • Ground-breaking UNKLE music videos from the likes of Spike Jonze and Jonathan Glazer.
  • A new Virtual Reality installation captured from ‘Daydreaming With…Stanley Kubrick’
  • A unique opportunity to ‘step inside’ Doug Foster’s mesmerising new installation to experience art at its most immersive and witness four tracks from ‘The Road: Part 1
  • A pop-up store featuring UNKLE artefacts, merchandise, records and toys.
  • An exclusive opportunity to experience songs and videos from the forthcoming UNKLE album.

Artists in the show:
James Lavelle
Ben Drury
3D from Massive Attack
Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Doug Foster
Jonathan Glazer
Ty Evans and Spike Jonze
Nathan Coley
John Nolan
John Issacs
Norbert Schoerner

Archive merchandise items being shown: 
Bathing Ape
The Vinyl factory
Mo’Wax arts
UNKLE records
Hysteric glamour



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