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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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IMAGE: Simon Fujiwara, Fabulous Beasts, [detail] 2015. Shaved fur coat. Photo by Agustín Estrada. © Simon Fujiwara Courtesy of Proyectos Monclova, Mexico

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16 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

Lucy Beech: Me and Mine at The TetleyThu 16 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015In the words of Lucy Beech’s new film Me and Mine, empathy – the compassionate attempt to see the world through another’s eyes – is also ‘a kind of penetration, a travelling’.

16 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

THINK.PLAY.DO at The TetleyThu 16 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015THINK.PLAY.DO: An Exhibition of Proposals for a Play Sculpture on Brewery Green

04 April 2015 to 26 September 2015

Tasting Adventure at Roast + ConchSat 4 Apr - Sat 26 Sep 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.

19 March 2015 to 26 September 2015

Bean to Bar Experiences at Roast + ConchThu 19 Mar - Sat 26 Sep 2015Learn how to make chocolate straight from the cocoa bean, using freshly roasted cocoa beans grown on our cocoa estate in Saint Lucia.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

Folded Book Art Creative Craft Class at Our Handmade CollectiveThu 3 Sep 2015Learn the art of book folding - up-cycling old books into folded sculptures and artwork! Make your own folded large heart in an unwanted book, plus mark and fold techniques which can be transferred to other words and silhouettes.

29 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

Heroes and Villains at Royal Armouries MuseumWed 29 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Visit the Royal Armouries for an action-packed summer of family activities. Meet the HEROES & VILLAINS from history and popular culture - fantasy or reality!

01 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Walk The Walk - Photography Exhibition at Bradford CathedralTue 1 - Sat 5 Sep 2015This exhibition explores the connection between the historical and contemporary uses of Bradford's Victorian parks for health and well-being, social interaction and pleasure through the act of walking.

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Brontë Relics: Writing Workshop with Anne Caldwell at Bronte Parsonage MuseumFri 4 Sep 2015The Brontë Parsonage Museum is delighted to be hosting its fifth festival dedicated to showcasing and celebrating women's writing. The festival weekend features talks, readings, workshops and family events.

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Alison Case: "Nelly Dean" at Bronte Parsonage MuseumFri 4 Sep 2015The Brontë Parsonage Museum is delighted to be hosting its fifth festival dedicated to showcasing and celebrating women's writing. The festival weekend features talks, readings, workshops and family events.

08 May 2015 to 31 December 2015

Age of Glamour at Lotherton Hall Fri 8 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015An exhibition exploring glamorous fashions showing the impact of Dior’s ‘New Look’ and Parisian design on post war British style

22 June 2015 to 04 October 2015

The Path of the Ponies at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandMon 22 Jun - Sun 4 Oct 2015The story of ponies and horses has been entwined with that of coal mining for many centuries. This exhibition explores the world of the industry’s pit ponies and provides a glimpse into their working lives.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

Crafty Conversations at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandThu 3 Sep 2015Bring your latest creations to work on while you have a chat and a cuppa with other like-minded crafters.

20 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Summer Holiday Fun! at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandMon 20 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015There's fun for all the family, rain or shine!

03 September 2015 to 01 November 2015

Light Fantastic:Adventures in the Science of Light at National Media MuseumThu 3 Sep - Sun 1 Nov 2015Join us throughout the summer holidays for Light Fantastic, to explore the wonder of creating and capturing light. Get hands on with our fun family activities, workshops and shows.

03 September 2015 to 01 November 2015

An Additive Mix by Liz West at National Media MuseumThu 3 Sep - Sun 1 Nov 2015Enjoy the magical power of light in our brand new installation by artist Liz West. Spark your imagination and senses as you surround yourself in luminous colour and radiant light.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

Double Exposure: A Tale of Two Planets in Darkness at National Media MuseumThu 3 Sep 2015Double Exposure: A Tale of Two Planets in Darkness and Light by Cherry Kino and Alchemy.

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Bright Ideas at National Media MuseumFri 4 Sep 2015Our fun interactive demonstration looks at two parts of the electromagnetic spectrum - the stuff you can see and the stuff you can’t!

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Colourful Science at National Media MuseumFri 4 Sep 2015Get a brand new understanding of light in our exciting science demonstration. Using the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum we’ll show you experiments and demonstrations on how light can be split, mixed or even absorbed.

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: Shaping Shadows at National Media MuseumFri 4 Sep 2015Get hands on with ‘cutting-edge’ technology to create your own intricate shadow puppets, inspired by the Java puppets in our collection. Suitable for ages 5+

03 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: The Great Shadow Adventure at National Media MuseumThu 3 - Fri 4 Sep 2015Join Harri, our storyteller; in her great shadow adventure as she travels through time to discover how light has helped us to tell stories. Suitable for ages 5+

03 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Printing at National Media MuseumThu 3 - Fri 4 Sep 2015Find out how to make a photograph without a camera - a cyanotype. Explore the science behind the art and make a beautiful photograph to take home. Suitable for ages 5+

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

Artist Workshop - Light Printing at National Media MuseumThu 3 Sep 2015You can learn how to make a photograph without a camera – a cyanotype. Explore the science behind the art and make a beautiful photograph to take home. Suitable for ages 5+

15 July 2015 to 07 September 2015

Summer Adventure at Stockeld ParkWed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015Fabulous family days out this Easter, Spring and Summer with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park.

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.

17 August 2015 to 22 January 2016

Sheffield cares for the wounded at Thackray Medical MuseumMon 17 Aug 2015 - Fri 22 Jan 2016An exhibition telling the story of the dedicated work of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance on the Western Front in France and Flanders during the First World War.

29 July 2015 to 03 October 2015

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2015 at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 29 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2015Celebrating its third year the FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of four top students from the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds.

05 September 2015 to 03 January 2016

Bob and Roberta Smith: Art For All at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkSat 5 Sep 2015 - Sun 3 Jan 2016Art Makes Children Powerful

31 August 2015 to 05 September 2015

East is East at Alhambra TheatreMon 31 Aug - Sat 5 Sep 2015Following its sensational West End run as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, one of the best British Comedies, East is East, comes to The Alhambra Theatre.

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

13 August 2015 to 08 November 2015

Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 13 Aug - Sun 8 Nov 2015Paul Neagu (1938-2004) demanded sculpture be appreciated by all of the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste

31 August 2015 to 05 September 2015

The Shawshank Redemption at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseMon 31 Aug - Sat 5 Sep 2015Despite protests of innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover.

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

01 August 2015 to 04 October 2015

Memoria: Memories of Light at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsSat 1 Aug - Sun 4 Oct 2015This exhibition captures the memories of working life at Armley Mills and presents them in a series of stunning illuminated porcelain sculptures.

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.

11 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska at Harewood House and GardensSat 11 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement in London 1911 - 1915 A major new exhibition from Kettle’s Yard, marking the centenary of the death of renowned WW1, , French-born sculptor & draughtsman, Henri Gaudier-Breszka

03 April 2015 to 01 November 2015

Daily Penguin Feeding at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Sun 1 Nov 2015At Harewood, we feed our penguins’ whitebait and sprats – fish that are similar in size to their natural diet, although they will also eat small herrings. And you can enjoy the event!

03 April 2015 to 04 November 2015

The Art of Conservation at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Wed 4 Nov 2015Explore the challenges of protecting Harewood’s collection of furniture in The Art of Conservation series. With a focus on Chippendale, this exhibition reveals some of the techniques used by expert conservators to care for these rare pieces

11 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

Recent Works: Thomas J Price at Harewood House and GardensSat 11 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015Thomas J Price is a rising star of the British contemporary art scene. Never meeting your gaze, these intriguing sculptures explore why black men are only represented in certain ways within art.

03 April 2015 to 01 November 2015

A Gift from the Whole Nation at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Sun 1 Nov 2015From April until November 2015, Harewood House is hosting an exhibition ‘A Gift from the Whole Nation’, where over 70 examples of these very special gift boxes will be on display on the State Floor in the main house.

02 June 2015 to 27 September 2015

Summer Bands in Leeds ParksTue 2 Jun - Sun 27 Sep 2015Leeds International Concert Season - Summer bands in Leeds Parks

03 September 2015 to 01 November 2015

Speedway at Bradford Industrial MuseumThu 3 Sep - Sun 1 Nov 2015After the success of a small exhibition in 2012, Speedway returns to Bradford Industrial Museum. Thanks to the support and assistance of enthusiast John Murphy and his connections within the Speedway community.

03 September 2015 to 29 September 2015

Summer Family Fun at Impressions GalleryThu 3 - Tue 29 Sep 2015Pop in to Impressions Gallery during the summer holidays and enjoy free activities inspired by our exhibition extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery.

03 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Leeds International Beer Festival at Leeds Town HallThu 3 - Sun 6 Sep 2015Along with hundreds of beers and ciders from the UK, USA, Sweden and Germany, the festival also includes a street food marketing, live music across two stages and other beer-related activities in the heart of the city centre.

04 July 2015 to 24 October 2015

Mandy Pattullo and Catherine Green at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 4 Jul - Sat 24 Oct 2015Mandy Pattullo and Catherine Green offer up their latest works in this beautifully bright and vibrant exhibition of screen prints and monotype prints.

01 August 2015 to 31 October 2015

Figure That at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 1 Aug - Sat 31 Oct 2015An exciting exhibition studying the human form. A diverse group of makers who explore various materials and techniques in their collections come together in this showcase of contemporary craft.

01 August 2015 to 24 October 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Paul Jackson at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 1 Aug - Sat 24 Oct 2015This series of pots focuses on the recent development of a new range of slips and patterns.

26 August 2015 to 13 September 2015

Leeds International Piano Competition at University Of LeedsWed 26 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015'The Leeds' gives an outstanding opportunity for young international pianists to advance their careers and become the artists of the future.

17 July 2015 to 03 January 2016

Tailored: A very British Fashion at Leeds City MuseumFri 17 Jul 2015 - Sun 3 Jan 2016Explore the significance of tailoring in the story of British fashion, from the eighteenth century to today. #Tailored

04 September 2015 to 30 October 2015

Truly, Madly, Rugby exhibition and displays at Leeds Central LibraryFri 4 Sep - Fri 30 Oct 2015In celebration of this global tournament coming to the city, Leeds Central Library will host an exhibition exploring rugby’s history and culture with displays and memorabilia reflecting its local, national and international heritage

12 June 2015 to 27 September 2015

Summer Events at Salvo'sFri 12 Jun - Sun 27 Sep 2015Summer at Salvo's has never been more appetising, see here for details of all events at Salvo's Salumeria.

03 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

IMOWI (Indian Music On Western Instruments) at HEART CafeThu 3 - Sat 5 Sep 2015A unique opportunity for musicians and singers to develop their understanding of Indian music and the guidance of Jesse Bannister on Western instruments and Anol Chatergge on vocals.

03 August 2015 to 12 September 2015

Cornel Lucas Photographs at Gallery Munro HouseMon 3 Aug - Sat 12 Sep 2015A pioneer of film portraiture, in 1998 Cornel Lucas became the only photographer to win a BAFTA Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the British Film Industry.
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