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The Light's Got That Loving Feeling

18 September 2014

From the successful launch of its Film Club last month – with a showing of 50s musical Grease – The Light returns with its second Film Club on Thursday 25 September, with a screening of the classic 80s favourite – Top Gun.

Bridlington to Bordeaux and Beyond at Crafthouse

18 September 2014

For the D&D Group, October 2014 is set to be a month-long celebration of all the Bordeaux! To join in the ‘family’ celebrations, Crafthouse, Leeds will be hosting a one-off dinner event in their elegant 5th floor dining room on Thursday 9th October. Enjoy panoramic views, delectable cuisine and fine wines – what more could you want?

First Ever #LeedsIndieAwards Celebrates The Best Of The City

17 September 2014

City blog Leeds Love Affair hosted the first ever #leedsindieawards, with five businesses celebrating award wins thanks to votes from their customers.

First Public Performance of Eden at Carriageworks

16 September 2014

After a year in development this thrilling piece of physical theatre has its first public performances at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 September, 7.45pm

Free Outdoor Cinema Fun at Leeds Dock – September 26/27/28

16 September 2014

After the success of FROZEN and THE LAND BEFORE TIME last month, Leeds Dock is offering film fans the chance to take in some of these classics – for free! The weekend full of superhero fun includes: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Incredibles, Superman, X-Men: First Class, Kung Fo Panda, The Avengers and The Dark Knight.

Richard Herring: Lord Of The Dance Settee

16 September 2014

Richard Herring will perform at City Varieties Music Hall in 2015 with his new show Lord of the Dance Settee. After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, ‘The King of Edinburgh’ (List) is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness, whether the term ‘cool comedian’ is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how Herring’s whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16.

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery Announce Christmas Show Makers

16 September 2014

Shoppers are starting their Christmas shopping early this year with The Craft Centre & Design Gallery proving themselves to be top on the list for unique places to shop. As more and more people support small businesses across the UK the gallery underneath Leeds City Art Gallery and next door to Leeds Town Hall caters for every taste by showcasing hundreds of handmade pieces created UK designer makers

Unique Musical Battle Drops In Leeds

16 September 2014

Red Bull Music Academy announces the line-up for Red Bull Culture Clash Leeds which will be bringing unparalleled levels of volume and energy to The Corn Exchange on 9th October 2014, the biggest names in bass will enter the venue for this innovative live music concept featuring four stages, four sounds and one winner.

White Cloth Gallery to exhibit images by acclaimed photographer John Bulmer

16 September 2014

White Cloth Gallery are delighted to exhibit around 20 framed colour and black & white photographs from The North and Wind of Change. All of the images have been scanned and cleaned by Bulmer and some scanned from prints when that’s all that remained. The exhibition will provide the centrepiece for White Cloth Gallery’s winter events programme including an evening celebration of photography on November 6th 2014 including a book signing by Bulmer. Free Entry

Classical music comedy duo, Igudesman & Joo, perform at Leeds Town Hall

12 September 2014

Classical music comedy duo, Igudesman & Joo, perform their hilarious show: BIG Nightmare Music at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 18 September.

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19 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Wharf Chambers Beer FestivalFri 19 - Sat 20 Sep 2014This two day festival celebrates the best in Yorkshire brewing with a selection of 20+ beers from across the shire, this two day beer festival has something for every taste and gives a chance to explore beers not normally seen in pubs.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

The Reflections at City Varieties Music HallSat 20 Sep 2014The Reflections will play at City Varieties this September.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Make and Create at Lotherton Hall & GardensSat 20 Sep 2014Drop-in 'making and creating' aimed at all the family.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Craft Fair at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandSat 20 Sep 2014A fantastic craft fair held every month at National Coal Mining Museum for England

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Hidden Temple Newsam Tour at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 20 Sep 2014A guided tour through the hidden passages and cellars below the House.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Bandages and Bones Month at Thackray Medical MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014Join us to practice your bandaging skills as we investigate First Aid through the ages.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Print Making Fun Part 1 & 2! at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 20 Sep 2014Try out various methods of print (from Lino cut to screen printing) and learn how to transfer your own designs on to tote bags, cards and gift wrap!

17 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Supertown at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 17 - Sat 20 Sep 2014LIDOS proudly presents the world premiere of Supertown, an action-packed comedy musical adventure written by Leeds’s own James Sidgwick and Robert Sanders.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Rory's Saturday Club at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014Arts and craft activities relating to the museum displays.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Cornucopia Underground at The Corn ExchangeSat 20 Sep 2014Leeds Corn Exchange continues to champion independent businesses as Cornucopia Underground, a day-long event jam-packed with foodie stalls, live demonstrations, panel discussions and music, takes over its piazza. Image Credit: Jo Murricane

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Steve Howe at City Varieties Music HallSun 21 Sep 2014Following a successful tour last year, 2014 sees guitarist Steve Howe return to the UK in September to play some of his more familiar pieces plus several new tunes!

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Pudsey Antiques & Collectables Fairs at Pudsey Civic HallSun 21 Sep 2014Trade free one hour before opening on the 27/04/2014 New hours of opening from the 15/06/2014 onwards

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

The Big Leeds Bike Ride at Roundhay Park Sun 21 Sep 2014A challenging ride from Leeds to York and back to raise money for Leeds Children’s Hospital

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Farmers & Craft Market at BriggateSun 21 Sep 20141st & 3rd Sunday of the month Briggate, Leeds 10am-4pm.

22 September 2014 to 22 September 2014

Sing-a-Long Songs of War Time at City Varieties Music HallMon 22 Sep 2014Featuring The Hits of World War 1 and 2.

22 September 2014 to 22 September 2014

Simon Lindley at Leeds Town HallMon 22 Sep 2014Simon Lindley - City Organist

30 July 2014 to 22 September 2014

Glastonbury, Exhibition by Venetia Dearden at White Cloth GalleryWed 30 Jul - Mon 22 Sep 2014White Cloth Gallery to exhibit Glastonbury by acclaimed photographer Venetia Dearden.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Hidden Temple Newsam Tour at Temple Newsam House and FarmTue 23 Sep 2014A guided tour through the hidden passages and cellars below the House.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Morning Lecture Series: ‘A History of the Walled G at Harewood House and GardensTue 23 Sep 2014Join our award-winning Head Gardener, Trevor Nicholson, for an in-depth lecture on the history of Harewood’s Walled Garden.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Willy Porter with Luke Jackson at Seven ArtspaceTue 23 Sep 2014Wisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defenses and gets under your skin.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Harvey Nichols Leeds’ AW14 Fashion Show Tue 23 Sep 2014Yorkshire’s leading luxury fashion destination is bringing its highly regarded AW14 show to the Victoria Quarter on Tuesday 23rd September.

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

Inspired to Sing at St Chads ChurchWed 24 Sep 2014Experience the thrill of singing at a rehearsal with Leeds Festival Chorus

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

TALK - Franz Ferdinand and the mystery of the silk at Royal Armouries MuseumWed 24 Sep 2014Join us to unravel the mysterious case of the silk bullet-proof vest.

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

Beverley Craven at City Varieties Music HallWed 24 Sep 2014BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven will be embarking on an extensive UK tour supporting the release of her brand new album, Change of Heart, being launched in summer 2014.

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

Ocean Film Festival UK at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 24 Sep 2014Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet! The festival brings you the world’s most amazing ocean films from both above and below the surface.

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

Salsa Leeds at The Corn ExchangeWed 24 Sep 2014Let the rhythm flow as Salsa Leeds provides a range of informal and accessible classes for all levels!

25 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

History Thursday at Leeds City MuseumThu 25 Sep 2014Join us for a more in depth look at our collections, including tours, talks and historical characters.

23 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Yorkshire vs Somerset at Yorkshire County Cricket ClubTue 23 - Fri 26 Sep 2014LV= County Championship

05 July 2014 to 27 September 2014

Bloom at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 5 Jul - Sat 27 Sep 2014Inspired by the beauty of flowers these makers come together to showcase ceramics, jewellery and works in mixed media to celebrate colour, pattern, form and amazing variety in this exploration of the wonderful world of flowers

05 October 2013 to 28 September 2014

Potts of Leeds; Clocks of Character at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsSat 5 Oct 2013 - Sun 28 Sep 2014From the town hall to the corn exchange, so many of the clocks in the townscape of Leeds and beyond, were made by Potts of Leeds. To celebrate the work of this great Leeds company, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is exhibiting the P

22 March 2014 to 30 September 2014

Dressed for Battle at Lotherton Hall & GardensSat 22 Mar - Tue 30 Sep 2014An exhibition exploring how clothes and style have been effected by war - from the clothes worn by those on the home front to the designers' love of the military look.

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Leeds Co-operative Photographic Society Exhibition at St James's University HospitalMon 1 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Leeds Co-operative Photographic Society annual photographic exhibition.

28 March 2014 to 05 October 2014

Inspired by Heraldry at Royal Armouries MuseumFri 28 Mar - Sun 5 Oct 2014Step back in time and discover the fascinating world of coats of arms in the Yorkshire Heraldry Society’s new exhibition opening at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

24 July 2014 to 19 October 2014

Gego. 'Line as Object' at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 24 Jul - Sun 19 Oct 2014This exhibition is a collaboration with Hamburger Kunsthalle and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, charts Gego's study of the sculptural possibilities of the line through drawings and sculptures.

21 August 2014 to 25 October 2014

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2014 at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryThu 21 Aug - Sat 25 Oct 2014Now in its second year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) rewards the artistic excellence of 4 top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2014.

21 June 2014 to 25 October 2014

Inspired by Le Tour Yorkshire at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 21 Jun - Sat 25 Oct 2014An exhibit of works by designers inspired by the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire; whether you're an avid print collector or simply want a token to commemorate this remarkable event you'll be sure to leave as inspired

01 August 2014 to 25 October 2014

Richard Phethean: Solo Ceramic Showcase at The Craft Centre and Design GalleryFri 1 Aug - Sat 25 Oct 2014Richard’s exploration of glazed tableware using paper resist and sponge-printed motifs has resulted in a fabulous collection of jugs, mugs, vessels, dishes, bottles, bowls and teapots.

01 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

From Versailles to Yorkshire: Sèvres and Moore at Harewood House and GardensTue 1 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014If only objects could talk.

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

From Royal Serves to Versailles to Harewood at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014The delicate and fragile objects shown in this exhibition survived the downfall of their original owners, the tumult of the revolution, and transportation from Versailles to Harewood. These exquisite items have played a part in and been the

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

Harewood Masterpieces at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014Harewood has enjoyed a very special relationship with contemporary artists throughout its history. In 1797, Beau Lascelles commissioned two young artists from London to paint watercolours of the House his father had recently inherited.

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

Morning Highlight Tours at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014This year you will be delighted to hear that visitors will be able to book onto daily highlight tours of the House.

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

Afternoon Highlight Tours at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014Enjoy the State Rooms at Harewood House with one of our House Stewards.

09 September 2014 to 17 November 2014

Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.

23 August 2014 to 07 December 2014

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 23 Aug - Sun 7 Dec 2014Temple Newsam House are pleased to announce The Vanity of Small Differences by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry will be displayed at the House from August to December this year

08 February 2014 to 27 December 2014

Regional Dinners at Salvo'sSat 8 Feb - Sat 27 Dec 2014A 10 course regional tasting menu served every Saturday at 7.30pm only.

25 January 2014 to 28 December 2014

A Snapshot of Yorkshire at Abbey House MuseumSat 25 Jan - Sun 28 Dec 2014The exhibition explores Yorkshire life, culture and stereotypes. It is shaped by responses to a survey on Yorkshire conducted in autumn 2013 and will also feature images from the winners of the "Snapshot of Yorkshire" competition.

22 March 2013 to 31 December 2014

Country House in Time of War at Lotherton Hall & GardensFri 22 Mar 2013 - Wed 31 Dec 2014Two exhibitions exploring different themes about the impact war has had on peoples’ lives. Duty Calls and Dressed for Battle.

31 January 2013 to 31 December 2014

Hester Reeve at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkThu 31 Jan 2013 - Wed 31 Dec 2014Reeves practice encompasses live art, philosophy, drawing and photography.

05 February 2014 to 31 December 2014

Cenare Con Amici Dinners at Salvo'sWed 5 Feb - Wed 31 Dec 2014A traditional Italian Dinner. Three Antipasti, A pasta course, Mains and a dessert.

20 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.

20 September 2014 to 26 February 2015

La Traviata at CrafthouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015From Saturday 20th September until Thursday 26th February 2015, food lovers and theatre buffs alike can enjoy a lavish three-course dinner at Crafthouse (either before or after) an evening enjoying Opera North’s rendition of La traviata.

20 September 2014 to 26 February 2015

La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.