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New Performance Project Calls for Young Creatives

The Geraldine Connor Foundation is currently searching for young creatives aged 14+ and based in Leeds who are interested in music, spoken word, dance or film to create and take part in a production celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Windrush.
The ship called ‘Empire Windrush’ brought the first wave of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948, marking the beginning of the mass immigration movement in the UK that resulted in an estimated 172,000 West Indian born people living in the UK by 1961. To many, they are known as the Windrush Generation.The brand-new production will explore this momentous historical event and its impact in Britain today.Weekly workshop sessions will be on Monday’s 6-8pm at the Mandela Centre in Leeds, starting on Monday 20th November, and lead to performances in June 2018.

The GFC is looking for passionate and creative young people interested in exploring their cultural heritage to sign up for this exciting new project, which will also provides the opportunity to achieve the Arts Award at Bronze or Silver level.

Please note, these workshops are free to attend and, although this opportunity is unpaid, it is a fantastic chance to develop your creative skills and work alongside professional artists.

Want to find out more and express your interest?

Contact the Geraldine Connor Foundation by email at or call 0113 243 1166. For more details on this exciting project, click here.

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One-of-a-kind Bollywood Jazz Event hits Leeds


A new fusion of Indian music and Jazz music arrives at The Tetley  next Wednesday 15 November.

Bollywood Jazz is inspired by the songs and instrumental music of Bollywood films and has been created by Yorkshire South Asian arts organisation Manasamitra. The new Indo-Jazz music fusion event has been described as “a joyous collision of styles, as virtuoso jazz musicianship meets the technicolour drama of Bollywood for a journey through cinematic sound”.

From Madan Mohan to AR Rahman, Bollywood Jazz will appeal to anyone keen to experience an entirely new sound full of improvisation, rhythm and melody with a cool jazz vibe underneath. Manasamitra founder Supriya Nagarajan, who is also one of the leading Carnatic vocalists in the UK, first conceived the idea of fusing songs from Bollywood films with Jazz music in 2016 and successfully piloted a Bollywood Jazz performance at this year’s Bradford Literary Festival.

This gave her the impetus to create the touring Bollywood Jazz Project with James Cave, a former Composer-in-Residence at the renowned Banff Centre. Joining the duo are multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman and drummer Beau Stocker, who has performed across the globe. Supriya herself will perform the vocals during each of the performances while Cave will perform on keyboard.

“With Bollywood Jazz, we are not seeking to create an authentic sound; instead, we will deliver an immersive experience, that combines classic big screen Bollywood tunes with an energetic kick of modernity,” said Supriya Nagarajan.

“Each performance will be totally unique as the tunes we perform are re-imagined and re-created. It promises to be something special and we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with the audience.”

Tickets are available to purchase from or by calling 0113 320 2323.



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Harry Potter: A History of Magic comes to Leeds


Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Leeds Central Library.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Leeds Central Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. The Library will be delving deep into the archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The exhibition will include books on witches, fantastic beasts and all things supernatural dating back hundreds of years as well as a specially curated Herbology Room that will bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life.

Event Highlights:

Harry Potter Quiz Night

Friday 24th November, 7.30pm

Do you know your Wampus Cat from your Bowtruckle? Could you pick Hermione’s wand out of a line-up?

A special late night quiz held in our very own Harry Potter room where we will be armed with questions from the experts at Pottermore. Test your knowledge of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, see how you fare against our Curator’s Curious Conundrum and win some brilliant prizes.

Tickets: £2 per person. Book here

Licensed bar will be available from 6.30pm.


History of Magic Experience

Sunday 3rd December, 11am – 3pm

Join us for the launch of Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition with  stalls, activities and special guests.

Suitable for all ages.


British Library Live Screenings

The Harry Potter Effect

Thursday 23rd November, 7pm

How have the Harry Potter books changed the landscape of children’s literature?

20 years on, journalist Nicolette Jones, author Katherine Rundell, Publishing Director of Children’s Books at Bloomsbury Rebecca McNally and social commentator Shami Chakrabati discuss the Harry Potter effect – on both literature and our cultural consciousness.


Women, Witches and Witchtrials

Tuesday 5th December, 6pm

This event includes Private View of the exhibition and Curator Tour

Anita Anand chairs a panel of expert historians including Margo Burns, the x10 great-granddaughter of one of key protagonists of the Salem Witch Trials, Malcolm Gaskill, and Ulinka Rublack as they discuss the history of witchcraft and gender roles within it.


More information about the exhibition and the accompanying events can be found here.

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Leeds Beckett & LIFF Launch Prize to Create Experimental Film

Aspiring filmmakers across the UK are being invited to submit their ideas for a new, short, experimental film as the Northern Film School and Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) launch the first annual Louis Le Prince prize.

The Northern Film School, at Leeds Beckett University, will commission an experimental film from the winning proposal, offering a total prize equivalent of £1,000 in production and processing costs, access to equipment, and expert mentoring.

The winning film, which will be shot on 16mm celluloid film, will be presented at the 2018 Leeds International Film Festival.

The prize has been created to honour Louis Le Prince, the cinema pioneer internationally-recognised for filming the world’s first moving images in Leeds in 1888.

“Louis Le Prince’s discovery sparked a revolution that changed so much, and is still changing things today,” Robert Shail, Professor of Film in the Northern Film School, explained. “The digital revolution has changed things further but it has not destroyed celluloid – if anything it has focused attention on what it can do. Filmmakers think so too: Spielberg, Nolan, Abrams, Andrea Arnold, to name a few, all work in celluloid today.”

“Experimental film is a dynamic and essential element within the Northern Film School’s production slate, encouraging experimentation and risk-taking in our students’ filmmaking and expanding their understanding and appreciation of the potential of moving image,” said Annabelle Pangborn, Head of the Northern Film School. “We look forward to working closely with the winning filmmaker here at the Northern Film School, offering bespoke mentorship within our world class facilities.”

The competition is open to all UK-based filmmakers, including students and non-EU citizens, and applications should be submitted by the closing date of Monday 18 December. The winner will be announced in January, with the film being made between February and September 2018. For more information, and to submit an entry, please visit

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Palestinian Film Festival

This year’s Palestinian Film Festival will be the biggest yet with 11 films coming to Leeds, many for the first time between 13 November and 9 December.

Showing at eight different venues in and around Leeds ranging from the Town Hall to the Old Fire Station in Gipton, and from Otley to Wakefield, the Festival films highlight Palestinian history and politics but many will appeal to a wide audience, offering insights into unexpected aspects of everyday life: women footballers, surfers in Gaza, entering the Arab ‘X-factor’, moving a sofa, and stirring stories of resistance.

Many events are ‘pay-as-you-feel’ and so accessible to people on low incomes. At three events you can meet and talk to people who have visited Palestine and made films of what they’ve seen and at many events, Palestinian produce such as dates, olive oil, embroidery, ceramics will be on sale, making excellent gifts.

Women from the Leeds Republica football team who visited women footballers in the West Bank will be at the festival to discuss ‘Balls, Bulldozers and Barriers’, the film of their visit.

The festival launches with Gaza Surf Club (also part of the Leeds International Film Festival)

Despite strict sanctions, surfboards have been brought into Gaza offering a beleaguered community a small slice of freedom

Other highlights include:

Firefighters Under Occupation

“Our first enemy is the occupation – our second enemy is the fire”

The film-maker – a South Wales firefighter who travelled with a delegation of UK firefighters to the West Bank – will attend the showing, which is being held at the newly converted ‘Old Fire Station’ in Gipton.

The Occupation of the American Mind

“One of the most compelling and important documentaries in recent years” (John Pilger)

Narrated by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, explores Israel’s battle for the hearts, minds and dollars of Americans.

After the film Jewish Labour Party activist and former Reuters journalist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi will discuss how and why a moral panic about ‘antisemitism’ has taken hold in the UK.

The Idol (with Otley Film Society)

A true, gripping and heart-warming story of a young man from Gaza who dreams of singing. Overcoming many challenges, he enters the Arab ‘X-factor’ – with a nail-biting finish.

For the full programme see




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Driving Development of Leeds Music Scene

An event to bring together everyone interested in developing the music community in Leeds will take place at Leeds Town Hall on 28/29 November. Hosted by Music:Leeds, a project led by partners Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council and LeedsBID, it aims to create more opportunities, increase collaborations and raise awareness within the Leeds music scene.

The research, led by Samuel Nicholls, also known as Whiskas, a Senior Lecturer in Music at Leeds Beckett University, explores and promotes music in Leeds as an experience, a business and as a cultural driver. It will be presented alongside talks from a range of key figures from Europe and the UK, who are creating vibrant and supportive music scenes in their cities.

“We’re excited to bring everyone involved in music together with what we hope is a really great drive for change and development”, said Samuel. “Our aim is to identify what we can do to galvanise music in the city, provide more opportunities for engagement and build on the great artists, organisations and businesses doing amazing work.”

Speakers at the event will also include: Ella Overkleeft, Deputy Night Mayor of Amsterdam; Jesper Mardahl, Manager of Promus, a community and networking centre for Denmark’s music industry; Shain Shapiro, Managing Director of music market development company, Sound Diplomacy; Craig Pennington, Editor in Chief of Bido Lito! Magazine and lead for the ‘Liverpool, Music City?’ project; Chelsea Rixson, Founder of Brighton Music Office, and Phil Nelson, BIMM Group – Music Industry Ambassador; and Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, a campaigning and lobbying group representing the UK recorded and live music industry.

Representatives of Music:Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds 2023 will discuss their work, which supports Leeds’s bid to be European Capital of Culture. Additionally, there will be panel discussions, question and answer sessions and networking opportunities.

The day runs from 9.30am to 5pm and is open to all. A refundable deposit of £10 is required to book a place: please visit

Music:Leeds partner organisation, UK Music, will also host a research conference on Tuesday 28 November, open to members of industry, academia and students. The event takes place at Leeds Town Hall from 1.30-6pm.

Speakers at the event include: Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills at UK Music; Leeds Beckett’s Samuel Nicholls; Annabella Coldrick, CEO of the Music Managers Forum; Dr Emma Webster, Research Associate for the UK Live Music Census; and academics at Southampton Solent University, Newcastle University, Cambridge University, and the University of Northampton.

For more information, and to book a place, please visit

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South Asian Arts Brings World Class Blind Sitarist to Leeds


SAA-uk (South Asian Arts-uk) is hosting the Indian Music Maestro Baluji Shrivastav OBE, accompanied by tabla player Bhupinder Singh Chaggar on Friday 17th November at Seven Arts.

Baluji Shrivastav is one of the most versatile instrumentalists India has produced. Excelling in a variety of instruments and founder of the Inner Vision Orchestra of blind and visually impaired musicians, he received an OBE for his Services to the Music Industry in 2016. He is mainly self-taught, and his success has been due to a combination of natural talent, hard work and passion for music. His quest for knowledge has dispelled many of the myths that surround the process of mastering Indian classical music. As a result, he stands outside the conventional establishment of Indian music, often struggling against prejudice, to take his place amongst the greatest in this field.

Despite his roots being firmly established in the Hindustani classical tradition, Baluji has explored music in many other forms and his versatility has led him to work with acts like Massive Attack, Stevie Wonder and Coldplay.

In addition to Baluji and Bhupinder’s performance, a sitar and tabla duo, Aekam Kaur and Jeevan Singh, from the SAA-uk Music Academies will also take to the stage.

The event will also feature a Q&A session with Baluji Shrivastav. Tickets are £12 (£8 reduction)

Tickets can be bought in advance and on the door. Box Office: 01132445523. Book Online:




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Fiesta of the Dead at Kirkstall Abbey

Last weekend Kirkstall Abbey was host to a riotous celebration in the spirit of the Mexican Day of the Dead as Sneaky Experience presented one of their unique and immersive cinematic happenings.

Local photographer Chin Yong was there and managed to capture these fantastic images.


To check out more of Chin’s work head to his website:

and social media: @chinyongphoto.

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Hyde Park Picture House Celebrates its 103rd Birthday and a Century of Local History



On Thursday 2nd November the Hyde Park Picture House celebrates its 103rd birthday. And to mark the occasion, together with the Yorkshire Film Archive and Leeds International Film Festival, it’s set to screen a an exciting mix of fascinating archive film, made in and around the city of Leeds over the past century.

From the kids at Ellerby Lane School, and the huge Children’s Day events in Roundhay Park, through to the 1980’s planning controversies of Leeds Market – the event offers a unique opportunity to experience some truly wonderful and rarely seen archive material, prepared and presented by the Yorkshire Film Archive.

As a city steeped in film history, with the first ever moving images shot on Leeds Bridge in 1888 by Louis Le Prince, this specially curated screening will take the audience on a trip through time with a rich and varied mix of footage revealing parts of Leeds long forgotten, to events still fresh in everyone’s memory.

Graham Relton, Archive Manager at the Yorkshire Film Archive, will also be on hand to provide introductions and context to the clips, which demonstrate just how much Leeds has changed and developed over the decades.

“As a Leeds lad the pressure is on but I’m delighted to say that this event is packed full with fantastic film heritage, taken from and about the city over the past one hundred years,” said Graham. “From home movie collections, which are steeped in local events, people and places – to award winning Yorkshire Television programmes – there is something for everyone. So whether you’re new to the city or have lived here all your life, the Leeds on Film screening is a wonderful window onto the history of Leeds, and fitting programme to bring to an historic venue like the Hyde Park Picture House!”

The Leeds on Film event also marks the beginning of the 31st Leeds International Film Festival, which from the 1st – 16th November will hold hundreds of screenings in venues right across the city, including the Hyde Park Picture House and Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds on Film, presented by the Yorkshire Film Archive, takes place at the Hyde Park Picture House on Thursday 02nd November, with performances at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions, and can be booked via the Hyde Park Picture House website:

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Brighton Beach Returns for Anniversary Special

Brighton Beach began in 1994 at The Cockpit in Leeds, playing classic 60s mod and soul tracks, alongside songs by the great British groups of the 90s. As Britpop emerged, the night could not have been better timed. Bands like Supergrass and Shed Seven hung out at the club and performed frenzied secret gigs there too. Local heroes the Kaiser Chiefs spent many formative nights at the Beach before starting the band.

DJs from the vinyl-obsessed underground UK 60s scene were brought in to host a second room at the club, playing pure northern soul, R&B, jazz and freakbeat, introducing fuzzed-up garage and speed-fuelled psych to salivating kids. On the dancefloor, mods from the local scooter clubs were teaching the new Britpop scenesters how to dress and dance, with tight ties and perfect hair. Brighton Beach went on to have residencies in Sheffield, Newcastle, Leicester and London.

To celebrate its 23rd anniversary, the legendary club night  returns to The Wardrobe on Saturday 11th November.  “We’re very excited about this anniversary special, particularly as three of the club’s original DJs from 1994 – Red Helen, Dan Guest and Mark Ellis – are joining us,” said club founder Richard Todd. “You can expect the classic Brighton Beach music policy of pounding 60s soul, Motown, indie, northern soul and Britpop. It’s going to be one hell of a night!”

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