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FREEDOM F E S T I VA L HULL 2 TO 6 S E P T E M B E R An international arts festival where the city of Hull is its stage. The aim is to delight, entertain and surprise audiences, with extraordinary performances and award-winning artists from across the world. Now approaching its 13th year, Freedom Festival is an established fixture on the national and international cultural calendar. Freedom is a festival born from the city of Hull and its association with the abolitionist movement, themes of empowerment, activism and the potential of community.
NO LIMITS DISABILITY F E S T I VA L
LEEDS WEST INDIAN C A R N I VA L
BARNSLEY 4 T O 1 2 J U LY
LEEDS 31 AUGUST
Set to be the biggest and best disability festival held in the UK. This forward thinking event aims to help change people’s attitudes and understanding, recognising that there should be No Limits put in the way of disabled people. The festival will involve a wide variety of events, activities and performances including theatre, music, dance, comedy, community activities, family fun days and circus performances.
Move over Notting Hill, Leeds is home to Europe’s oldest Caribbean carnival. Taking place every August Bank Holiday, the explosion of colour, addictive rhythms, delicious food and jawdropping costumes from across the UK create the perfect recipe of tastes, sights and sounds. The huge carnival parade attended by thousands of spectators and revellers takes over Potternewton Park with music, arts, crafts and funfair rides. It looks amazing, sounds great and tastes fabulous.
S WA L E D A L E F E S T I VA L YO R K S H I R E D A L E S 2 3 M AY T O 6 J U N E This year’s festival will make the beautiful Yorkshire Dales come alive with superb music from around the world, as well as performing arts, exhibitions, workshops, talks and guided walks. The eclectic programme of folk, classic and world music will include vocal stars The Young’uns and The Fretless (an exceptional Canadian folk quartet) and the extraordinary turntable artist Shiva Feshareki will be accompanied by a top orchestra.
B R I D L I N GTO N K I T E F E S T I VA L B R I D L I N GTO N 1 6 & 1 7 M AY Turn your eyes skyward as a wide variety of kites will be flying high on the Yorkshire coast. Look out for rare Oriental kites, Indian fighter kites and some of the world’s largest inflatables.
WHITBY FISH & SHIPS F E S T I VA L WHITBY 1 6 & 1 7 M AY Celebrate everything that is special about the Yorkshire coast’s maritime culture at this fantastic festival in atmospheric Whitby. A town where you can still experience the seafarer’s way of life as it has been for hundreds of years. Expect to find celebrity chef cookery demonstrations, fish markets, fishing boats, a seafood trail and of course, fish and chips.
YO R K S H I R E DA L E S F O O D AND DRINK F E S T I VA L S K I P TO N 1 8 & 1 9 J U LY This festival will bring you a foodie fun-filled weekend with live cookery demonstrations from some famous faces including Ainsley Harriott and James Martin, plus fabulous workshops, masterclasses and some of the best street food in the UK. You can even dance the night away to tribute acts and top local artists.
Y U M ! F E S T I VA L OF FOOD AND DRINK HULL 3 1 J U LY TO 1 A U G U S T Experience fresh and tasty street food and lose yourself in the bustling market at this celebration of food at Hull Marina. There will be over 70 stalls serving delicious hot and cold dishes, a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as free children’s entertainment ranging from face painting to healthy cookery classes.
THE BRIDESHEAD F E S T I VA L C A S T L E H O WA R D 2 6 TO 2 8 J U N E Evelyn Waugh’s seminal novel Brideshead Revisited, an unforgettable exploration of youth, nostalgia, religion and class turns 75. The sumptuous and internationally acclaimed TV adaptation, filmed at Castle Howard, shaped the fashion of the 1980s. To celebrate this masterpiece of 20th century fiction and screen, this festival has a stellar line-up of writers and leading actors, with screenings, performances and exclusive tours.