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It's all happening in Leeds. Few cities can boast such a varied calendar of performances, activities and festivals. We're here to guide you to the events that you'll enjoy, whether you're into sport, fashion, culture or cuisine... here's a taster of what's hot, what's here, and what's coming soon to our city...

 

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15 January 2015 to 01 March 2015

Portraits of Emotion at The TetleyThu 15 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015An exhibition of large-scale paintings by Leeds-based artist Paul Digby of people enacting the emotion of joy.

16 January 2015 to 01 March 2015

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 at The TetleyFri 16 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015

Bark in the Park at Golden Acre ParkSun 1 Mar 2015Join St Gemma's Sponsored Dog Walk on March 1st! Short, long and medium walks at Temple Newsam Park and Golden Acre Park. Every dog will receive a goody bag and certificate, and all money raised goes directly towards patient care.

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015

Bark In The Park at Temple Newsam House and FarmSun 1 Mar 2015Join us for our Sponsored Dog Walk on March 1st 2015! Short, long and medium walks at Temple Newsam Park and Golden Acre Park. Every dog will receive a goody bag and certificate, and all money raised goes directly towards patient care.

11 November 2014 to 01 March 2015

Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant at The Henry Moore InstituteTue 11 Nov 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Dedicated to the intertwined lives and artistic practices of Dorothy Annan (1900-83) and Trevor Tennant (1900-80), this exhibition of archival material reflects developments in British sculpture from the 1930s to 1960s.

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015

Classic FM at the Movies at Huddersfield Town HallSun 1 Mar 2015Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra, Wagner Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries, Danny Elfman Batman: Suite, Mahler Symphony no.5: Adagietto, Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: Suite and Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 1 Mar 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

02 March 2015 to 02 March 2015

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Andy Parsons at City Varieties Music HallWed 4 Mar 2015With four sell out national tours, three DVD releases and a special for Comedy Central already under his belt, Andy Parsons, is back on the road and heading to City Varieties Music Hall.

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Brown Sugar Sessions at SmokestackWed 4 Mar 2015Live Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Ska every Wednesday night from 9:30pm. At Smokestack, 159a Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Lionel Richie at First Direct ArenaWed 4 Mar 2015The five-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar is performing at first direct Arena 4th March 2015!

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

First Thursday - Screening at The TetleyThu 5 Mar 2015First Thursday: Screening to accompany Contemporary Artists’ International Book Fair

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Leeds Sports Awards at New Dock HallThu 5 Mar 2015The Awards will be taking place on Thursday 5th March 2015 at The New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries and will be hosted by BBC1’s popular sports reporter Tanya Arnold.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Kalyan Presents: “Swimming In” at Belgrave Music Hall and CanteenThu 5 Mar 2015Swimming In: A night of music in collaboration with 5 visual artists

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Jill Crossland at Leeds College of MusicThu 5 Mar 2015Yorkshire-born pianist Jill Crossland is known for her imaginative, natural and passionate interpretations of the classical repertoire.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Renata Pokupic and Roger Vignoles at Howard Assembly RoomThu 5 Mar 2015A diverse programme from two of the world’s leading artists in song. Croatian mezzo-soprano sensation Renata Pokupić is joined by distinguished pianist Roger Vignoles in a programme that includes Mahler, Wolf and Hahn.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

The Black Keys at First Direct ArenaThu 5 Mar 2015Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as The Black Keys, will be bringing their blend of blues and garage rock to the first direct arena March 2015 as part their Turn Blue world tour.

26 February 2015 to 06 March 2015

Figure This Out at Assembly House StudiosThu 26 Feb - Fri 6 Mar 2015Curated by Kate Hiley, one of the painters exhibited, "Figure This Out" hopes to contribute to and build on the tradition of self curated exhibitions. The works will travel to different cities in Europe throughout the coming year.

05 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Count Arthur Strong: Somebody Up There Licks Me! at City Varieties Music HallThu 5 - Fri 6 Mar 2015Fresh from donkey’s years on his award winning BBC Radio 4 series and the huge success of his BBC2 TV Show, Count Arthur Strong gets back to doing what he does best.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Barbara Dickson at Leeds Town HallFri 6 Mar 2015For over four decades, Barbara Dickson has continued to deliver songs to the public in her own incomparable fashion.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

The White Ribbon at Howard Assembly RoomFri 6 Mar 2015Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or award-winning film is a spellbinding tale of bigotry and brutality, set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Taste of Yorkshire at Doubletree by Hilton LeedsFri 6 Mar 20154 course locally sourced food with local drinks to compliment

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Tasting Adventure at Roast + ConchSat 7 Mar 2015Our Chocolate Tasting Adventures have been created especially for chocolate lovers who would like to take the next step in their appreciation of chocolate – gaining delicious insider knowledge and tasting tips.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Andrew Newton at City Varieties Music HallSat 7 Mar 2015World famous hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to City Varieties Music Hall in his hilarious one man show.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Life Drawing With Rob Oldfield at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 7 Mar 2015Whether you are a newcomer to the art-form or an experienced artist, this workshop is open to all

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Town HallSat 7 Mar 2015Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Leeds Town Hall

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Aurat at Leeds College of MusicSat 7 Mar 2015Considered one of the finest Sitar players to emerge on the Indian Classical music scene in the UK, Roopa Panesar has received kudos from audiences and peers alike for her outstanding ability and quality of music.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Cookery Class: Starters - Hansa’s Sharuaat at Hansa's RestaurantSat 7 Mar 2015The sheer variety of snacks we Gujaratis make is mind-boggling. Hansa will show you how a few of these delightful spicy snacks can be can be made with ease.

06 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair at The TetleyFri 6 - Sun 8 Mar 2015We are delighted to welcome back the Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair for another exciting weekend of displays, exhibitions and live events revolving around the expanding genre of the artist’s book and small press publishing.

10 November 2014 to 08 March 2015

The Event Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteMon 10 Nov 2014 - Sun 8 Mar 2015The façade becomes a surrogate plinth and screen, presenting actions, objects, and images, some lasting seconds, others hours.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Age UK’s Harewood House 10k at Harewood House and GardensSun 8 Mar 2015Join over 2,000 runners in the grounds of this beautiful stately home, with stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside. This trail run is perfect for experienced runners and first-timers alike. All finishers recieve a medal and goodies!

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 8 Mar 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

David Greed & Simon Lindley at Leeds Town HallMon 9 Mar 2015David Greed - violin Simon Lindley - City Organist

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

An Evening with Scott McCloud at Leeds Town HallMon 9 Mar 2015Scott McCloud visits Leeds Town Hall to discuss The Sculptor, his first graphic novel for nearly 10 years

09 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Bouncers at City Varieties Music HallMon 9 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Multi award winning play written and directed by John Godber featuring a frightening array of northern talent.

04 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Romeo and Juliet - Northern Ballet at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 4 - Thu 12 Mar 2015Remember the first time you fell in love? Jean Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Romeo and Juliet is performed in the UK.

17 January 2015 to 14 March 2015

‘Made with Love’ at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 14 Mar 2015Our annual exhibition celebrating the romance of British Craft.

23 January 2015 to 15 March 2015

The Labours of Herakles at Leeds City MuseumFri 23 Jan - Sun 15 Mar 2015The timeless Athenian tragedy of ‘Herakles’, will be explored through a series of fascinating lithographs and etchings by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire from Friday 23 January 2015 at Leeds City Museum.

16 January 2015 to 21 March 2015

The Art of Baking at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryFri 16 Jan - Sat 21 Mar 2015The Art of Baking: Cake Making and Bread Baking through the Ages. Recipes weird and wonderful, new, old, faithful and plain disgusting, feature in this small display.

14 February 2015 to 12 April 2015

Ilkley Camera Club Creative Light Exhibition 2015 at Manor House Art Gallery & MuseumSat 14 Feb - Sun 12 Apr 2015Stunning exhibition of over 100 photographic prints and projected images from one of Yorkshire’s top rated camera clubs. Vote for your favourites. See creative light objects and our take on them. Talks and workshops on many Saturdays.

28 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteWed 28 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Introducing modern Japanese sculpture to Britain, this exhibition presents small-scale sculptures from the Taisho and early Showa periods

17 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Charlotte Jones at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Cornwall with its dramatic land and seascapes inspire Charlotte Jones to make her beautiful ceramics. Her distinctive pots are made from coloured stoneware clay using oxides and self-dug clay.

06 February 2015 to 24 May 2015

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People at Leeds Art GalleryFri 6 Feb - Sun 24 May 2015This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body through paintings of the human figure

17 January 2015 to 27 June 2015

'Rings' at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 27 Jun 2015Our annual showcase of rings from ten jewellers who all work in very distinctive styles. Something for every occasion from rings for everyday wear to wedding and engagement rings.

07 March 2015 to 27 June 2015

Group Print Exhibition at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 7 Mar - Sat 27 Jun 2015Victoria Keeble and Emerson Mayes showcase their limited edition collagraphs and drypoint prints in this exploration of animals in their natural habitats.

14 February 2015 to 24 July 2015

Georgie Meadows: Stitched Drawings at Thackray Medical MuseumSat 14 Feb - Fri 24 Jul 201520 textile artworks that explore personal experiences of ageing and dementia.

04 November 2014 to 27 September 2015

John Fowler Exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsTue 4 Nov 2014 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Marking the 150 year anniversary of his death, the work of John Fowler, who was a pioneer in the development of steam engines for ploughing and inventions which changed the course of agricultural practice, will be showcased at Armley Mills

14 February 2015 to 30 November 2015

The Healing Home at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 14 Feb - Mon 30 Nov 2015An intimate exploration of the role of Temple Newsam House as a hospital and a home during the First World War.

01 January 2015 to 01 December 2015

Gaucho Dinner & Show ExperienceThu 1 Jan - Tue 1 Dec 2015Gaucho Leeds offer bespoke dinner and show experiences in association with the First Direct Arena.

24 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

How Do I Look? at Abbey House MuseumSat 24 Jan - Thu 31 Dec 2015Join us to peep in the mirror and see how people throughout history have enhanced their looks and presented themselves to others.

01 January 2015 to 01 March 2016

Figure and Architecture: Henry Moore in the 1950s at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 1 Jan 2015 - Tue 1 Mar 2016These projects represent Moore's most fully realised attempts to integrate sculpture into the rhythm and fabric of a building