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Architects appointed for landmark West Yorkshire Playhouse project

22 June 2016

An award-winning firm of architects have been appointed to develop plans for the landmark refurbishment of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

After inviting designers to bid for the project, Leeds City Council has appointed Page \ Park Architects to lead on the design for a major capital development of the Leeds theatre.

Northern Street Food at Leeds Dock’s Waterfront Festival

22 June 2016

The British Street Food Awards are bringing their Scotland and the North heats to Leeds Dock for the 9th annual Waterfront Festival on 25th and 26th June. Taste, discover and vote for your street food favourites from a stellar line up of 15 different traders from cities across the UK, including Manchester, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and Edinburgh.


21 June 2016

This year, young dancers graduating from the Centre for Advanced Training at Northern School of Contemporary dance have been accepted into some of the UK’s most prestigious dance conservatoires, including London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, and Leeds-based NSCD.

Music ‘Legend’ to play first ever music dinner event at Aspire, Leeds

21 June 2016

One of the biggest icons of the 70’s and 80’s will headline a Leeds venue’s first ever music dinner event. MIDGE URE will perform to an intimate crowd at the Grade II listed building, Aspire, on Thursday the 1st of September 2016.

Handbag Clinic opens in Leeds

17 June 2016

Handbag Clinic, which cleans and restores handbags from some of the world’s most renowned designers, has opened in Leeds. The firm opened on Chelsea’s Kings Road last year before launching in Islington and Newcastle. Such has been the demand for its specialist services, it is now open in Leeds’ Queens Arcade.

British Street Food Award in Leeds

16 June 2016

Finally…we’re off. We’ve had our first heat the West and Wales in Bristol and now it’s time for Scotland and the North. On June 25/26, we will be parking up at the Waterfront Festival in Leeds Dock, where 20,000 hungry people will be enjoying DJs, boat races, live acts - and the best street food traders from Scotland and the North competing for votes.

Queen of Syria at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

16 June 2016

A modern adaptation of Euripedes’ anti-war tragedy The Trojan Women with an all-female cast of Syrian refugees. COURTYARD THEATRE, MON 18 JULY, 7.30pm


16 June 2016

15 June, Leeds – Restauranteur Michael Ricci has announced the arrival of Ricci’s Tapas & Cicchetti and 53 Degrees North right into the heart of Leeds’ financial district.

Phoenix Dance revive work from 1983 to celebrate 35 years

15 June 2016

Phoenix Dance Theatre is to stage a major revival of one of the company’s earliest works from 1983 as part of their 35 anniversary celebration Phoenix @ Home to be performed over three nights at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre this Autumn.

Summer Exhibitions at Leeds Craft Centre & Design Gallery

15 June 2016

Check out what colourful shows The Craft Centre & Design Gallery has in store for you this Summer. Starting from Saturday 2nd July a trio of bright and cheerful shows will take over the Craft Centre inspiring visitors to Leeds.

Award winning Brownlee Tri recognised as high quality event

10 June 2016

With their fourth annual event returning to Leeds on the 24th of September 2016, the Brownlee brothers are extremely excited that the Brownlee Tri has achieved Triathlon England’s prestigious event quality mark and has been recognised as one of the top 3 triathlons in the UK by the 2016 Running Awards.

Chippy musical comes to the home of fish and chips in Guiseley

10 June 2016

Patrons of Wetherby Whaler’s Guiseley restaurant, the original Harry Ramsdens restaurant, will be able to enjoy a meal of fish and chips, with a side order of UK grime and brass music when #ChipShopTheMusical visits on June 23

Ping Pong parlour pops up in Leeds Corn Exchange

10 June 2016

This summer the Piazza of Leeds Corn Exchange will be buzzing as table tennis takes over. Officially launching at 6.30pm on Thursday 16 June, with a new exhibition celebrating the Victorian past time and special appearances from professional regional and national players, the basement level of Leeds most iconic shopping centre will be home to four full size tables all season.

Award-winning violinist from The Hunger Games soundtrack performs in Leeds

9 June 2016

Block-buster violinist Ralph de Souza performs with the Endellion String Quartet as part of its popular annual Spring/Summer residency at The Venue, Leeds College of Music, on Tuesday 14 June.

Cast announced for all-new production of Sister Act

9 June 2016

Based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent.

Leeds Armed Forces Day 2016 set to hit the heights later this month

9 June 2016

The professionalism, courage and commitment of the British Armed Forces is once again to be recognised with a day of special events and activities in Leeds later this month.

Millennium Square is perfect match for huge summer of sport

9 June 2016

Millennium Square is set to kick off a massive summer of big screen sport with live action from the Euro 2016 and Wimbledon.

10 of the city’s most iconic statues join TALKING STATUES LEEDS

8 June 2016

Statues across Leeds are about to start talking! Yorkshire Festival 2016 has commissioned arts producers Sing London to animate 10 of the city’s most popular statues. Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your smartphone on a nearby plaque and presto, get a call back from The Black Prince (as voiced by Vic Reeves) or from a Drury Dame (voiced by Game of Thrones' Gemma Whelan) or from Brian Blessed as a large stone lion. Each has a story to tell. Together they tell Leeds’s story.

Get ready for the thrill of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds

8 June 2016

The route of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will be the place to be this weekend as some of the finest athletes on the planet put on a show in the city.

Leeds Grand Theatre announces cast for Rehearsal For Murder

7 June 2016

From the pen of the legendary award-winning writing team Richard Levinson and William Link, the creators of the unsurpassable mystery series Murder She Wrote and the award-winning TV detective series Columbo comes this classic ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery.

Call for dancers to help bring house’s history to life

5 June 2016

A unique project is calling on people in Leeds to dust off their dancing shoes and help bring 300 years of history at Temple Newsam House to life.

Jack Whitehall: At Large is coming to the first direct arena.

5 June 2016

February 2017 sees one of the UK’s brightest comedic talents return to the stand-up stage as Jack Whitehall embarks on his biggest ever tour. It is confirmed that part of this tour he will be coming to first direct arena, Leeds on Friday 10 February 2017.

Summer at The Tetley: Festival of Sound and Two New Exhibitions

4 June 2016

Here's the latest news from The Tetley, promising a packed summer of music and visual art

Yorkshire Festival brings the world to the Howard Assembly Room

3 June 2016

The Songlines Series brings the Yorkshire Festival to the Howard Assembly Room this summer, with five concerts from legendary international artists in June and July presented in association with world music bible Songlines magazine.

JLL’s triathlon-inspired LEGO sculptures sprint up to Leeds

2 June 2016

A collection of three life-size LEGO people have been unveiled in Leeds by property consultants JLL.
The triathlon-inspired sculptures, made entirely from LEGO bricks, have made their home in the city to mark JLL’s sponsorship of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds which takes place on 11 and 12 June.

Summerhouse at Lotherton Hall reopens following restoration by ‘Re-Making Leeds’ trainees

2 June 2016

A summerhouse located on a famous Leeds estate has reopened following a refurbishment led by trainees participating in an innovative heritage construction skills programme.

Bad Company announce a Leeds date - Swan Song tour

1 June 2016

Bad Company will return to the UK for their first tour in four years this fall on their ‘Swan Song’ tour. Original Bad Company members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke will hit Leeds, first direct arena on 15 October 2016.

Opera North 2016/17 Season Announcement

1 June 2016

The 2016/17 Opera North mainstage season is a programme which continues to define Opera North as one of the most ambitious and innovative arts organisations in the UK.

The first UK tour of the worldwide smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! comes to Leeds Grand Theatre in 2017

28 May 2016

The first ever MAMMA MIA! UK Tour will come to Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 30th May – Saturday 8th July 2017. Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday 1st June 2016.

Exciting new traders join the winning Kirkgate team

27 May 2016

Visitors to Leeds Kirkgate Market will soon be able to enjoy a host of new tasty treats from all over the world when a selection of exciting food and drink traders open their doors next month.