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Contents Events Events In June - Page 4-5
Featured Event Leeds Waterfront Festival - Page 6-9
Art Broadcast Leeds, 383,911.73 & This Is Not The End - Page 1O-13 The Yorkshire Artists Part 5 - Page 14-15
Music Bluesfest 2O13 - Page 14-15
Film & Theatre UK Green Film Festival: Trashed - Page 16-17
Food & Drink Yorkshire Food & Drink Show - Page 2O-21
Events In July Art Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture July 25th - 2Oth October Henry Moore Institute The exhibition pairs four key twentieth-century sculptures by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-96), Hans Haacke (b. 1936), Andy Warhol (1928-87) and Robert Smithson (1938-73) with a series of ancient objects. The Duffy Collection May 2nd - 15th July Whitecloth Gallery Duffy’s most famous photograph dates from the 197Os and is the iconic cover of David Bowie’s album ‘Aladdin Sane.’ The Yorkshire Artist (Part 5) June 17th - 13th July Leeds Gallery The Yorkshire Artists (Part 5) is a celebration of work from 5 contemporary artists who are all either living or working in Yorkshire. Youth Dance Captured July 16th - 21st Leeds Gallery Youth Dance Captured will run as part of U.Dance 2O13 – the national youth dance festival taking place in Leeds on the 19-21 July. COLLIDER July 11th - 26th Mexico Project Space COLLIDER concludes the Embassy Gallery and Mexico Residency Exchange 2O13. Taking collision as a theme in introductory works and texts, the installation consists of multiple pieces generative of one another in the space.
LAURA PANNACK July 17th - 24th September White Cloth Gallery New exhibition exposes the private world of young british naturists. A Ground breaking photography project by award-winning photographer, Laura Pannack. It’s A Cut Up July 23rd - 12th October The Gallery At Flannels The exhibition shows the art of photomontage and assemblage. To celebrate this glorious art, It’s a Cut Up, has brought together the work of Peter Kennard, Graham Rawle, Chila Kumari Burman, Stephen Golding, Ian Killen, Jon Langford and Mark Lazenby.
Music Cocoon In The Park July 13th 1O:OOam - 11:OOpm Temple Newsam The 5th Anniversary! Cocoon in the Park returns in 2O13 to the picturesque estate of Temple Newsam, Leeds to celebrate five years of Cocoon in the Park! Bruce Springteen & The E Street Band July 24th 7:3Opm - Till Late Leeds First Direct Arena The Boss comes to Leeds, opening the brand new Leeds Arena. The Scented Fist a Knock Out Cabaret and Burlesque Night July 27th 7:3Opm - 2:OOam White Cloth Gallery Sponsored by the wonderful Vivien of Holloway. Wolfgang cabaret are proud to present a truly amazing evening of cabaret and burlesque. Baby Rave Leeds July 31st 2:OOpm - 4:OOpm Vox Not your average ‘baby class’ but a social event to meet like minded parents, enjoy good music, sing, dance and most importantly... Have FUN! Record Fair July 21st Leeds Corn Exchange Premier Music Fairs makes a return to Leeds Corn Exchange.
Film & Theatre Springsteen & I July 22nd 8:3Opm Hyde Park Picture House Director Baillie Walsh has put together some of the most exciting and previously unseen live footage of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band, to celebrate 4O years of Springsteen at the top of his game. U.Dance 2O13 July 19th - 2Oth West Yorkshire Playhouse From across the UK, young dancers are coming to Leeds to present some of the most inspiring, energizing and dynamic dance around! Ohh La La It’s Bollywood July 13th West Yorkshie Playhouse Zoobin Surty Karma Dance presents ooOh La La it’s Bollywood: 5o years of Bollywood Dance. A Colourful dance journey from 196Os to year 2OOO. Secret Cinema July 26th, 7:3Opm Inkwell A new, exciting and unique cinema experience from Inkwell Arts, screening outstanding films from across the genres. CBBC Live in Leeds July 25th -27th Millennium Square CBBC Live in Leeds will kick off the summer in style. For one weekend only, the channel will be bringing some of its biggest stars and shows to Leeds for three days of fun-filled activities and everyone is invited. Spit Nolan July 27th Carriageworks Come and join the gang, build your own go-kart and meet the colourful cast of Cotton Pocket. Opera In The Park July 27th 8:OO - Till Late Temple Newsam Opera in the Park is one of the highlight events of the year in Leeds. Organised by Leeds City Council with media partners Classic FM.
Kirkstall Festival July 13th, 11:OOam - 5:OOpm Kirkstall Abbey The Festival is probably the largest community festival in Leeds run entirely by volunteers. It is not a Rock Festival, or a county show, but an event that will entertain people of all ages.
Food & Drink Iron Cupcake:The Great British Summer July 14th 6:OOpm - 7:3Opm Adelphi IronCupcake:Leeds is a friendly cupcake-baking competition in Leeds city centre, open for everyone to attend! Our next event is themed ‘The Great British Summer’ and will feature around 2O different cupcake entries. Wild Food Walk July 7th Secret Location If you have ever gone for a walk and thought to yourself ‘I wonder if I could eat that?’ then this is the event for you! Visit www.msitu.co.uk for more info. Otley Food And Drink Festival June 28th 9:OOam - 4:OOpm Otley Market Square The first Otley Food and Drink Festival will herald the start of Otley’s Yorkshire month.
Other Sky Ride July 7th 1O:OOam - 4:OOpm Leeds City Centre Leeds hosts a free family-oriented mass-participation Sky Ride for the first time. The I Fest 2O13 July 2Oth - 21st John Charles Centre for Sport A full FREE programme of sports, music, cultural events and children’s entertainment are to be available throughout the weekend. Leeds Cross Cultural Book Fair 2O13 July 26th - 27th St John’s Centre Leeds’ first cross-cultural book fair for independent publishers, bookshops and authors in the UK.
Leeds Waterfront Festival In the last weekend of June, Leeds held The Waterfront Festival. A free two day event that has been making a splash for six years with its mix of independent food stores and beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. With activities and events both on and off the water the 2O13 festival had something for everyone.
My first stop was at Granary Wharf where all the bars and cafes were in full swing along with the market stalls put on for the festival by Artsmix. Throughout the day you could sit and enjoy live music by students from Leeds College of Music and Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows. There was family entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, unicyclists, face painting and my favourite the WOW balls which were hollow balls which floated on the water like a giant hamster ball. People where climbing in and tumbling over as they tried to keep their balance on the water. I made my way along the canal walking to Victoria Wharf where I had heard that Brassie Blanc were stationed. Before you could see where they were you could smell the sweet scent of crepes in the air. Quickly purchasing one and admiring the authentic way of making them, I turned my attention to the Leeds Petanque Club who were hosting games and demonstrations all day. With this traditional game, the smell of crepes in the air, the French stalls and not to mention the classic 2CV cars set up for people to gaze upon, you could be forgiven if you thought you had just been transported across the Channel. I then followed the path along the canal to Brewery Wharf, though if you were feeling tired there were free water taxis taking people to the various different events all day long. Trusting my legs I carried on down the track and came to the hub of the festival. With street performers and dancers along with free outdoor Zumba and Salsa classes, people were certainly in a lively mood especially with DJ Brutus Gold hosting Leeds largest outdoor disco! If you didnâ€™t feel like dancing not to worry as The Traditional Market were in town bringing with them food and drink from over ten different countries including: Greek & French Olives; Dutch Waffles & Cookies and Portuguese cakes and baklava. There were also stalls selling jewellery, glass, soaps and flowers plus much more - you could easily spend hours going round and not be bored.
Crowd At Everything Everything Heading on to New Dock I found a huge range of entertainment and activities including a bouncy castle, Hook a Duck and some delicious food traders - San Fran Burritos, Gourmet Hot Dogs and a pop up bar serving local ales. With all this going on you couldn’t really ask for much more, but there was still the prestigious Dragonboat Race to come where all the businesses, residents and charities battle it out to be the 2O13 winners! The Waterfront festival is held annually and provides a pleasurable event for everyone who comes down and gets involved. Whether you are a stall holder or just a passer by you get caught up in the atmosphere. With the sun beating down on the whole weekend this year it was great fun to be able to sit outside and take in all the marvellous events. Although this side of Leeds along the canal was packed and always is when The Waterfront festival is here, it generally doesn’t see much action the rest of the year. Even with such big attractions as The Royal Armouries, people aren’t making the effort to go down and enjoy the waterfront, but with the right investment I believe all the places I visited could become hives of activity brimming with people and Leeds would have a whole new cultural sector within touching distance of the centre.
Broadcast Leeds, 383,911.73 & This Is Not The End In June Leeds is lucky enough to have three art institutes that all have final degree shows Leeds Metropolitan, Leeds University and Leeds College. It is a chance for the students to show their work to the public and gain experience of presenting work in many different ways.
The Leeds Metropolitan show labelled “Broadcast Leeds” first took place in Broadcasting place - the home of art and design within Leeds Met. Having been a graduate from of Leeds met myself and having been to previous shows, they seem to be expanding the final show more and more each year. Now in the courtyard, where before there was hardly anything, is now a live band and various art works and activities including screen printing put on by students. The exhibition covers 6 floors and has a vast amount of work - fine art, contemporary art, graphics, and all forms of architecture. With such a diverse range of work, it is hard to pick out favourites but I was really impressed with the contemporary art department and graphics work with some of the attention to detail in the work being quite literally outstanding. A few days later it was the Leeds University show called “383,911.73”. This was situated in several different buildings which can be quite disengaging as they often feel like different shows. Nevertheless, the work was of the highest quality and as there wasn’t as much work to view being the only fine art degree show, I found it easy to pick some favourites. One being by Victoria Birkett called “4O6 Houses Near My House” which is pretty self explanatory. The thing I liked was that not only had she managed to take the same photo in terms of distance and framing of the pictures, but I also liked the way in which she presented the piece so that you had to walk down along them becoming surrounded by them.
James Goodwin (Leeds Met)
James Starkey & Tom Donognue (Leeds Met) Jemma Tomlinson - External Memory: The Artificial World
Broadcast Leeds, 383,911.73 & This Is Not The End
Leeds College of Art’s show “This Is Not The End” was last on my list but by no means least in terms of work - it may even have had more than both the other two shows combined as it literally covered every art form imaginable - fashion, typography, woodwork, fine art……With so much work and so many routes to take the college is somewhat like a maze full of beautiful stunning art pieces. The fashion section of the show is always amazing - the emphasis on presenting the work so each person’s personal wall looks outstanding. It was here I saw my favourite piece - a collection of stunning wood carvings by India Bird. All three practices can be proud of another fruitful year where the students have bent over backwards to make sure their work is finished on time and up to the standards that are set year after year by all three establishments. There is somewhat of a friendly rivalry between them all and I believe this is the key to the success they have as the students not only aim to put on a better show than the previous years, but put on a better show than the other two institutes!
Victoria Birktett (Leeds Uni)
India Bird (Leeds College)
Lucy Sherston (Leeds College)
The Yorkshire Artists Part 5
Part five of the Yorkshire Artists series at Leeds Gallery is a celebration of work between ten selected artists who are all working or living in Yorkshire. The artists in the current exhibition are: Cezary Gruzewski, Chris Campbell, Gareth Griffiths, Matthew Thompson, …popgrafik, artandatoms. com, Ray Stevens, Roo Waterhouse, Sue Lawson and Tessa Houghton.
Having had previous exhibitions here, YA have come back for their fifth instalment and looking around it was just as good, if not better, than the previous shows. Gareth Griffith’s work first caught my eye; his steel abstract structures were cast around the room so no matter where you were in the gallery you came across them. Made with a dedication and a detailed thought process I could have spent hours looking at the intricate pieces holding each piece together. My attention was then grabbed by a collection on simple black and white photos by the artist calling himself “…popgrafik”. These beautiful prints were so basic in the sense that they used the contrast of dark and light and because of that they were bold striking images that certainly stood out in the exhibition. My favourite pieces were that of Cezary Gruzewski. At first glance I was quite impressed but wasn’t too sure how they had been constructed. When I got up close to each image I realised they were done by hand using pen and ink. I can only imagine the amount time that must have gone into each piece, not too mention the skill and to be able to master such technique along with the patience needed is something I admire. It is great to see such an array of work in an exhibition - it makes a difference from just seeing a show full of paintings or full of photos. It is important that shows like this continue to happen as it is all very well coming to Leeds/Yorkshire and doing an art related degree, but too many young people leave as soon they finish University and it is only in the last few years that people have started to stay up north. Leeds especially is starting to reap those rewards and it’s about time too!
Griffith German and PolishGareth Sausage Stand
Music Taking place over two evenings and one day at the Seven Jazz Cafe in Chapel Allerton, Bluesfest aims to engage people once again with blues music in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The artists playing the festival were AL Morrison’s Blues Experience on the Thursday, Colin Hodgkinson and Back Door on Friday and on the Sunday James O’Hara Blues Band.
The venue Seven Jazz Cafe was perfect for the blues genre with a lovely acoustic sound which I was lucky enough to hear on the Thursday through the Al Morrison Blues Experience.This nine piece band, featuring two wonderful blued vocalists, capture the heart and passion of what their music is all about. Taking great influence from artists like Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker and Eric Clapton, it is easy to see why they are so popular amongst the blues music scene. On the Friday “Colin Hodgkinson and Back Door” took to the stage and were probably my favourite act of the festival. Formed way back in 1971, their unique style of jazz-rock had meant they had previously played all over the world. With age proving no boundary, this three piece mix bass drums and sax to create a smooth style which grows on you the more they play. The Sunday saw the “James O’Hara Blues Band” entertain us, with a five piece band along side him. James O’Hara played some truly masterful blues songs with a wealth of talent - this Leeds based artist was in his element. Having fronted bands since 1985 including The Detonators and The Giantkillers, it is no surprise that people were pretty excited to see him in action. Playing music from his long awaited debut album, the crowd and I were treated to a rare gem. Bluesfest 2O13 is a great insight into the world of blues music and with little knowledge of the genre previously, I was pleasantly surprised with the artists and their talent on show. Being part of a genre of music that isn’t necessarily main stream must have its tolls on the musicians but you couldn’t tell as all the acts put in 1OO% and looked to be enjoying every minute no matter how big or small the crowd.
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Film & UK Green Film Festival: Trashed Theatre
Trashed was the film I went to see at Hyde Park Picture House as part of the UK Green Film Festival. In this educational documentary, actor Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the effects of the global waste problem that faces our world.
One of the Issues Irons tackles is where exactly does all our waste go and how do we get rid of it? We simply dispose of it into the bin and think nothing of it. The documentary takes us on a journey to some of the biggest landfills, not only in this country, but in the world. It shows us the effects they are having as one, on the coast of Lebanon, filters into the sea carrying pollution to neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Egypt and even going as far as Greece and Italy! Closer to home Wakefield landfill collects more than 165,OOO tonnes of rubbish and only 39% of that is recyclable leaving a powerful stench of rubbish in the air for the residents living within close proximity. The solution to this is to burn the waste as we are literally running out of room. Within the last ten years incinerators have been built all over the world. In the UK we currently have 3O and although they may get rid of the waste they release dioxins; Irons looks into the effects these have on the surroundings including an area in France where the effects of one incinerator destroyed 35O farms resulting in 3OOO animals being culled.These chemicals being released into the atmosphere are the same that the U.S army used in the Vietnam war in order to kill off jungle land in order to flush out the Vietcong soldiers. The film takes us to Vietnam and shows us the harrowing effects it is still having with the birth of deformed children who are abandoned because of this. The film is an eye opener into the effects we are having on our planet with Jeremy Irons showing us the effects all this is having on the oceans. He also shows us ways we can help prevent these problems going right back as far as to the way our food is packaged! If you truly care about the world in which we live then I recommend you watch this film. It is not only a great insight into the effects of our waste disposal, but it concludes with ways in which we can improve the situation.
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Food Yorkshire Food & Drink Show & Drink
Leeds food festival culminated with the Yorkshire food and drink show situated in Millennium Square. Over 6,OOO hungry visitors poured into the show over the 3 days it ran for. With an ample amount of food and drink to choose from; a demonstration from celebrity chef Brian Turner; cookery tips from The Food Academy at Flannels, Asda, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Ministry of Food, Gaucho, Hansa’s and an appearance from chef Stephanie Moon - the crowds were well entertained!
Upon arriving at the show the smell of appetising, inviting food whafted through the air, and trying to pick out what smell was nearby was almost impossible as the array of food being cooked was incredible and I hardly knew what food to choose. Knowing I was coming to this event, I made sure I left enough room for a few good meals and decided to start at Delice› Ivoire who specialise in African food from the Ivory Coast. I went for their chicken and some salad. The tender chicken was marinated in french mustard and tasted out of this world and was accompanied by a side salad of diced cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. It was so refreshing and the whole meal was surprisingly light, leaving me plenty of room for more. I then came across SUKHOTHAI›s stand. You could hardly miss it - the pulled pork›s aromatic odours attracted the crowds and when I saw it I had to try it! It tasted just as good as it looked, loaded with the flavours of cumin, cinammon, and marinated in a bbq sauce that was finger-licking good. It was succulent and fell apart in my mouth. With out a doubt these were some of tastiest dishes at the show. In desperate need of a beverage to wash down the two delicious meals, I went across to a stand that belonged to The Old Fashioned Lemonade Company.This thirst quenching drink was fresh, sweet and delicious. Having enough room to squeeze in one more dish I choose KuKoos Street Food who are inspired by Indian, Moroccan and Lebanese foods. I decided after having two meat dishes to have one of their veggie boxes. It was packed full of tasty samosas, cous cous, kidney beans, chick peas, lettuce and tomatoes with a drizzling of tangy dressing. In truth all the dishes I ate were mouth-wateringly good but there were so many great stands at the show with such appetising food that I could have chosen any dish and I›m sure would have walked away more then satisfied. It›s a shame the Leeds Food Festival is only an annual event as it attracts such a huge mass of people and is an enormous success. With Millenium Square often unoccupied, especially in the autumn and spring months, it is definitely something I believe the organisers should consider.
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