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Information Positive Leeds is a cultaral magazine based in the city of Leeds. Tired of seeing nothing but negative news broadcast to us all across the media, Positive Leeds aims to bring you fresh, exciting and most importantly positive news happening right here in the city. Design, Editing, Photography and Writing by Joseph Whitney.



Events In June Art Birds Eye View March 2nd - 29th June The Craft Centre & Design Gallery Four printmakers explore the beauty of birds in this group print exhibition. Northern Art Prize March 28th - 16th June Leeds Art Gallery The sixth Northern Art Prize exhibition runs from 28 March until 16th June at Leeds Art Gallery. Robert Filliou - The Institute of Endless Possibilities March 21st - 23rd June Herny Moore Institute The Institute of Endless Possibilities is the first institutional solo exhibition devoted to Filliou in the UK. 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.’

Expression of You – The Divine Feminine 9th May – 16th June Leeds Gallery Expression of You, The Divine Feminine is a living art exhibition, a celebration of the act of sharing. Broadcast Leeds June 7th - 14th Leeds Metropolitan University, Broadcasting Place The final year show of the students from Leeds Met School of Art, Architecture and Design. 383,911.73 Pounds June 14th - 19th Univeristy of Leeds, Fine Art Building The University of Leeds BA Fine Art Degree Show 2O13.

Music Bluesfest13 June 13th - 16th Seven Leeds, Chapel Allerton From new acts to old Seven Leeds presents their first “Blues Fest”. Beeston Festival June 8th Cross Flats Park Beeston An exciting, entertaining full of live music for everyone to enjoy. JFest June 2nd - 6th Carriageworks Theatre Quality UK and international Jewish related drama, comedy and music await you at the 13th JFest International.

The Ever Running Year 28th June 7:3Opm - 9:OOpm The Yorkshire Artist (Part 5) St John’s Church June 17th - 13th July The Ever Running Year, a recital of English poetry and Leeds Gallery The Yorkshire Artists (Part 5) is a celebration of work song is the fourth recital staged by The Hope Theatre from 5 contemporary artists who are all either living or Group, and the first held at St John’s Church. working in Yorkshire. Gordie Mackeeman And His Rhythm Boys June 21st 8:OOpm Two Wheels Good Exhibition Otley Courthouse June 7th - 14th Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys serve up Otley Library old time roots music with an energy level that A fascinating insight into Otley’s cycling heritage. practically yanks you out of your seat


Opera Appetizers June 15th 7:3Opm - 1O:3Opm Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre Six young singers and a pianist present highlights from their favourite operas,The Magic Flute by Mozart Carmen by Bizet, The Merry Wives of Windsor by Nicolai and Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart

Film & Theatre Sneaky 8O’s Experience June 8th, 6:3Opm - 11:45pm Prime Studios This is Sneaky Experience where you buy tickets to watch a secret film at a secret location, accompanied by a live themed experience.

FREE SCREENING: All About Burley June 9th, 2:OOpm - 2:45pm Hyde Park Picture House ALL ABOUT BURLEY is a charming community film which explores the history of Burley through the eyes of young children and the memories of older residents. It has been made by the Burley Champions, a dedicated group of pupils, parents and volunteers from Rosebank Primary School.

Food & Drink Leeds Food Festival May 24th - June 9th Grany Wharf, Briggate & Various Other Location Leeds’ annual food and drink festival returns this summer for an impressive seventh year. This year the Leeds Food Festival is in association with Asda and will be running for 2 weeks!

Hangover Square June 8th, 7:45pm Howard Assembly Room This special screening repeats Howard Assembly Room’s original June 1945 programme 68 years on. Broadcast Leeds - Leeds Edible Campus June 1Oth, 3:OOpm UK Green Film Festival Broadcasting Place, June 1st - 8th Pam Warhurst will be launching the ‘Leeds Edible Hyde Park Picture House Campus’ project which will include a talk and tour of Through film the festival helps people understand edible plants, which make up the landscape of the their impact on the environment, and what they can Broadcast Leeds space. There will also be a chance to do to reduce it. come and pick your own edible treats. Secret Cinema June 28th, 7:3Opm Inkwell A new, exciting and unique cinema experience from Inkwell Arts, screening outstanding films from across the genres.

Midsummer Tea Party June 22nd, 11:OOam -3:OOpm St John’s Church Join us for tea, lemonade and homemade cake. Sit under our bunting covered cherry trees, play a game of giant chess or listen to the music of a brass band.

Vidya - SAA-uk Dance Showcase June 28th June, 7:OOpm - 9:OOpm Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Discover a world of grace, poise and beauty as the SAA-uk Dance Academy present Vidya, an evening of classical Indian dance.

Stir It Up June 15th, 8:OOpm A mix of vintage and classic reggae and Indian Street Food. Axis Sound System - hand built and operated by Dr Huxtable.

Lionboy June 25th - 29th West Yorkshire Playhouse Charlie Ashanti is eleven years old. He’s a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats.

The Big Bookend Beer Tasting June 6th, 7:OOpm Waterstones Join us for an evening of interesting beers - many on a literary theme - led by author and journalist Simon Jenkins, a former British Beer Writer of the Year.


Featured Event I started my day in the stunning Holy Trinity Church listening to the brilliant George Ezra. His bellowing voice echoed around the silent church and we stood in awe of this young guy with his bluesy rifts and singing. What made his performance unique was the distinctive sound of his resonator guitar and the way he played using a slide technique which he seems to have mastered.

Department M

After seeing George Ezra I went onto Leeds Uni Stylus where I saw Department M. whose futurist sounds seemed to capture the audience and really kick off the day. With frontman Owen Brinley working his magic on his analogue synthesizer and Liza Webster joining him along with Tommy Davidson on drums, this captivating trio were a treat for all that saw them.

Sticking around in Stylus next up were Post War Glamour Girls. From the word go they burst into their songs with energy and a demanding stage presence. Singer and lead guitarist James Smith emphasised this by flailing his guitar around while blasting out his immense voice. With bassist Alice Scott adding powerful bass rifts as well as making her presence known on stage, Post War Glamour Girls certainly did put on a show. I then made my way over to the packed Leeds Met where people had literally crammed in to see three piece London Grammar. With them gathering something of a cult following, and having had no media presence until recently, it was truly intriguing to see so many people turning out to watch them. Lead singer Hannah Ried’s outstanding voice mixed with electronic beats was like mixing Florence And The Machine with the likes of Cut Copy. If you haven’t heard of London Grammar yet I imagine you will do soon!

Live At Leeds It was that time of year again, time for Leeds to show what it had to offer and with people coming from far and wide it made sure it didn’t disappoint! Into its seventh year now, Live At Leeds has music to cater for everyone›s taste and with fifteen different venues across the city it was always going to be a lively day. Having the majority of the bands playing on the Saturday does have its downside. For example with a lot of band clashes it is hard to choose who to see and with some venues a good half an hour walk away from each other you find yourself running to see the next band on your list. That being said, when you arrive after busting a gut to be there on time and the band starts to play while you sip on a nice cold beer, you can’t really beat that! The amazing atmosphere in every venue I visited, just made it that much sweeter.


George Ezra

Post War Glamour Girls


Crowd At Everything Everything These Monsters Next up I made my way back to Holy Trinity Church to see a young man call Luke Sital - Singh. With everyone talking about 2O13 being a breakthrough year for this artist, it is clear to see why. With just his guitar and his voice, he commands the audience and with heartwarming lyrics and beautiful structured songs this was indeed something special. Making a quick dash for it, I ran to Leeds Mine Bar where These Monsters were playing. Known for their loud experimental sound, the crowd filled out in the small but well suited venue. Their lively intense music distracts you from your surroundings and sends you into a world of pure rock. With Samuel James Pryor (Vocals/Guitar) Ian Thirkill (Bass) and Tommy Davidson (Drums) we were shown why music is best when it’s loud! My last stop and the end of a fantastic day was with headliners Everything Everything. Over at Leeds Uni Refectory, they had the whole venue completely packed. With their familiar pop style, it was easy to see why they are so popular with song after song sending the crowd wild. The success of Live At Leeds is down to the willingness of local venues and bands to work together; this has attracted bands worldwide to come and play here in Leeds. It is also important that LAL continues to dedicate enough of the festival to homegrown bands as it has done this year. If it does this I can’t see why it won’t continue to grow and flourish for many years to come.



Contact Photo Festival


It is the second year of Contact Photo Festival and it has spread all across the city this year. The White Cloth Gallery acted as a hub for the festival and it lasted from the 17th to the 26th of May. With my map in hand, I set out on the search for these photos not knowing what really to expect from them.

I made my way across the city over two days due to shops closing and the mystery of where some of the photos actually were. This made for a treasure hunt feel and playful side to the festival. The first set of photos I encountered were by Liz Mattews and focused on a time when clubbing was at its peak. Photos were taken of clubbers now and in the past and were documented in a series of four photos grouped together along the glass panels in The Grand Arcade. Mattews talks about how the clubbing scene she once knew has died and tries to identify that in her photos with the subjects showing us relics of theirs in times gone by. The images are striking and bold and make you stop and take notice as I saw many people do. Being all over the city and having some fantastic photography on offer, it is hard to choose which subjects to write about although two more really stood out for me. It was the way they had been curated which intrigued me. In Kirkgate Market Robert Lee showcased his project “Keep It Local” which aimed to celebrate the heritage and diversity of the market and its traders. Photographing each shopkeeper in their shop gives each photo its own identity. With the photos covering all the walls of two small booths you feel immersed within them and with Robert Lee taking photos of customers in the market in his temporary photobooth, it was a fresh experience and added a new spin to the festival. My other favourite piece was in the beautiful upstairs section of Jigsaw with it dome glass roof. This was a perfect place to show some photography. Although there were only two pieces, in the centre was a small chest of drawers and in each section there were significant items, memories as the piece by Jemma Tomlinson was called ‘External Memory: The Artificial World’. It was that touch of personality that made it reach out and connect with its audience. As I went through the drawers looking at someone’s personal effects I felt awkward as if I shouldn’t be doing that until I realised I was supposed to be doing this!

Robert Lee - Keep It Local

The festival was a great experience and full of young talent from Leeds College of Art who put on the event. It was a shame that not everyone knew about it but it gave a feeling of exclusivity; when I found the photos it felt as if I was the only person viewing them. I’m still not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but the exhibition was well worth a visit.

Jemma Tomlinson - External Memory: The Artificial World



David Bowie Exhibition

Art For eight years between 1972 and 198O British photographer Brian Duffy took a series of photographs of music superstar David Bowie. With Bowie’s latest album release earlier this year, and the growing interest in him once again, the Duffy archive and White Cloth Gallery have put on this exhibition of stunning photos.

The exhibition runs throughout the whole gallery, even in the cafe area, so you can wine and dine and admire the marvellous photography on offer. Duffy worked alongside Bowie for Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke, Scary Monsters and The Lodger and has come up with some of the most iconic music images to date. The main focus is the Aladdin Sane photos often referred to as “The Mona Lisa” of album covers. It is represented in black and white, full colour and even negative. The main exhibition room is filled with 12 back light photos of Bowie from the Scary Monsters and Lodger Albums where Bowie looks his dashing best. To most people growing up with David Bowie’s music, he became their idol and it’s easy to see why as not only was his music quite utterly brilliant, but the image that went with it was of someone who was mysterious, powerful, weird, handsome and eccentric. The exhibition is more of a tribute to Duffy who sadly died in 2O1O and was known for his fashion, advertising and photography throughout the 5Os, 6Os and 7Os. He was part of the “Terrible Trio” (along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan) who in the 6Os elevated photographers to celebrity status. The exhibition showcases everything good about his work and his wonderful talent; the world had never seen photography such as his and with this exhibition running until 2nd July, I recommend you go and see it.




Breeze International Youth Festival: Live@Briggate The Breeze International Youth Festival is a 12 day long festival for young people across Leeds with dance, music, drama, film, visual art and literature to enjoy.

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On the 25th they took over Briggate in the heart of Leeds and put on a show of young upcoming talent labeled Live@Briggate. The bands that performed were Digital Cure, Frenchgirls, Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows, Noah and Eden, Roadside Light and Wayne Dawson. In between the acts, we were treated to pupils from DJ School UK who kept us throughly entertained while the bands set up. It was astonishing to see the talent of these young people with their amazing voices and their ability to perform to a high street full of people. My personal highlights were a four piece - Digital Cure -and 13 and 14 year old Noah and Eden. Having only been together since November 2O12, Edna Sulejmanovic (Guitar/Vocals) Fraser Threlfall (Lead Guitar) Matthew Douglas (Bass Guitar) and Matthew Parkin (Drums) have written and created their own songs and already have a host of gigs under their belt. Driving forward with fast energetic pop anthems accompanied by melodic female vocals, this young four piece look to be here for while. Noah and Eden were absolutely outstanding; being so young I was amazed at the talent with which Noah played the keyboard and then guitar like he was born to do it! And for a girl of 13, Eden has a voice that is both heartwarming and bold. Covering hits such as “Cry Me A River” by Ella Fitzgerald, I wouldn’t be surprised if these two were to be making appearances all over the country!

Digital Cure



Film & Breeze International Youth Festival: Live@Briggate Theatre

Along with the music at the Breeze International Youth Festival, we were entertained by Dance groups DAZL and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. With dance having a resurgence in the last few years due to groups like Diversity, it is not surprising to see young people taking a real interest in it and using their time productively.

First out onstage even before any music had been played were group DAZL. Standing for Dance Action Zone Leeds, DAZL have been around since the year 2OOO and have collected many awards along the way. Having a mixture of girls and boys in their team and dancing with all boys, all girls and then combining these young children proved that hours and hours of training is needed. Dancing to modern urban/chart music, the young group soon drew in a crowd and kept them entertained from start to finish with quick spirited moves that would be impressive whatever your age. The Northern School of Contemporary Dance has been around for more than twenty years and has an international reputation as a centre of excellence for the quality of dance education and training it provides. It was plain to see why they have such a reputation, creating a flash mob in front of the stage to everyone’s surprise. Moving in sync with one another to a lively melody of upbeat songs, this group were expertly trained and executed their performance at the highest level.


The BIYF is happening all over our wonderful city and runs until the 2nd June with workshops, music, comics, and dancing popping up in familiar places such as Leeds Trinity, Millennium Square and Leeds Town Hall. Great credit has to be given to the team behind Breeze for setting up a wonderful organisation that celebrates the talent of the youth in this city. Too many times when we hear news of young people it is always the negative news that seems to get the lime light, but with the efforts of festivals such as Breeze and others, let’s hope we change that for the better.

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance



Food Leeds Food Festival: World Feast/Out Of Yorkshire Market & Drink

This year’s annual food festival is celebrated over two weeks with plenty of events happening all across the city, culminating in the ‹Yorkshire Food & Drink Show› held in Millennium Square. Having the festival spread over two weeks instead of a weekend as in other years, means it can be more diverse. Also with events happening in several different venues, it gives more people an better opportunity to get a taste of the festival.

On my travels I decided to take a look at the ‹Out Of Yorkshire Market› event which would play host to some of Yorkshire›s finest independent food and drink producers. The stalls which were present at the market included Catherine›s Choice (Jams & Chutneys), Raman›s (Chutneys & Relishes), Asharun Spices (Spice Mixes), Three Little Pigs - (Chorizo & Salami), Brown & Blonde (Brownies), Love Rouge Bakery (Cakes), Art Of Mallow (Gourmet Marshmallows), Tea Experience (Speciality Teas), Yorkshire Fudge Co. (Handmade Fudges) and Dale›s Real Food (Granola). With such a wide spread I felt the need to sample the range and from sharp spicy chutneys to sweet moist brownies I felt like I was tasting food of the finest quality. All the produce here was from Yorkshire, and I think that is something to be proud of! Tucked away down at Granary Wharf may not have been the ideal place in terms of footfall for these stores, but as long as they continue to produce such quality food, it won’t matter where their stores are as the people will come far and wide to sample these succulent treats. Having tasted what Yorkshire had to offer the next event I choose to visit was the “World Feast” a selection of food from around the world set up along Briggate. You could choose from a variety of stores including Sandinista (Mexican and Spanish), Gusto Italiano (Italian), Caribbean Man, German and Polish Sausages, Ispice (Asian), Turkish, Divine Catering (Italian), Fish&(Fish & Chips), Hey! (South American), El Topo (Mexican) and a South African BBQ! Spoilt for choice and with no tasters in sight I delved into my pockets and being enticed by the smell and having a love of all spicy food I tucked into a delicious succulent lamb flatbread from Ispice and couldn’t of been happier until I spotted the German and Polish Sausage stand and was impressed before I had even tried it. With the huge hanging griddle cooking the array of different sausages the small stall had a huge que and when I finally got to the front and bit into the sizzling snack It was literally finger licking good. With a blend of onion and and spices I doubt I will eat a better sausage in my life! The day was not about the individual stores though and what food you thought was best it was a day to celebrate the range of food that Leeds has to offer as many of the stores have shops in the city. It was a day full of passionate food and rich intense flavours and to celebrate these different cultural foods coming together there was entertainment from the likes of Morris dancers, Steel drummers and Zulu dancers!

German and Polish Sausage Stand



Food LS6 Beer Festival & Drink

This is to be found taking place in probably my favourite venue in Leeds, Left Bank - an old magnificent church set back from the city centre in the Hyde Park/Burley area. Having had two successful years in 2O1O and 2O11 and taken a hiatus in 2O12, LS6 Beer Festival was back this year due to great demand. Left Bank worked with the IIkley Brewery to bring you this year’s festival using their hand crafted techniques to create a range of ales that are recognised across the UK for their aromatic hops, taste and drinkability.

With over 25 different beers and ciders from 14 different breweries it was hard to know where to start. I chose the first ever festival brew by Elland Brewery - a 4.5% premium pale ale with fruity citrus top notes on the nose with a bitter yet still fruity palate. Drinking from my free glass, which I picked up on my way in, and reading through the pamphlet of beers and ciders, it was easy to make my next choice. Having drunk my ale a lot quicker than expected, I wanted to try one of the beers on offer and North Bar’s Prototype Extra caught my eye. Designed in house with Kirkstall brewery, this special one-off was a cranked up version on North Bar’s house beer. At 3.9% it was smooth and easy to drink, with a subtle malty body and an edgy fresh bitterness. Before I knew it, I was two drinks down and it was safe to say I would have been feeling the effects had they not been half pints, and so while basking in the glorious sun I decided to try one more of these tempting drinks. I tracked down the strongest drink I could find - a 7.5% cider with the charming name Chants - Badgers Spit. I was a little dubious at first, but as soon as that cold liquid touched my lips, all was forgotten as the fruity Somerset apples left me with a sharp but refreshing taste. The Festival was a complete sell out with the outside area full of people soaking up the rare sunshine whilst enjoying some truly enjoyable drinks. It is a shame this festival only comes around once a year as it is a huge hit, encouraging people to buy local beers and ciders. The problem is that it is hard to find places that sell these drinks apart from the occasional place here and there across Leeds. Even when they are stocked they are often overshadowed by more commercial brands that are cheaper and more accessible. If you didn’t get a chance to visit LS6 Beer Festival, make sure you look out for it next year as it’s not to be missed. In the meantime, get searching out those specialist drinks and enjoy the flavours!



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The 2013 Kirkstall Festival will take place on Saturday 13th July in the picturesque grounds of the 12th Century Kirkstall Abbey. The Festival is probably the largest community festival in Leeds run entirely by volunteers. Last year attracted around 16,000 people. It is not a Rock Festival, or a County Show, but an event that will entertain people of all ages with events including: Fairground Over 100 Stalls Youth Stage Tea Dance 8 Performance Areas Comedy; Rock, Classical, Jazz, Folk and Light Music Food and Drink Procession Displays Local Information

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