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The OPEN gift card next to a pint

Leeds Entrepreneurs launch OPEN Gift Card to help boost independent businesses

This month, local entrepreneurs Paul Lenihan, Tim Rooke and Greg Brant officially launch a new type of gift card which can be used across the city centre and suburbs, in a wide variety of independent businesses. The OPEN gift card is designed to g

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27 November 2020

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Cleve Freckleton as Rasta Claus

Rasta Santa goes virtual this Dec and gives a ‘lickle back.’

Children’s events company BOOMCHIKKABOOM have joined forces with Pink Gorilla/Hairy Lemon and production company 4i events to bring you a virtual Santa experience with a difference! Meet Rasta Claus; he’s the ‘cool’ cousin of Father

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26 November 2020

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Leeds Lights

Line-up announced for city’s first ever virtual Christmas lights switch-on

Stars of stage, sport and screen will join residents from all across Leeds for the city’s first ever virtual Christmas lights switch-on which will be premiered on 2 December. The exciting line-up for the online seasonal showpiece has been

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24 November 2020

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A view of Leeds Town Hall and the Cenotaph - credit Carl Milner

Tourism study confirms Covid-19 ‘tectonic shift’ across the North

Half of hospitality and leisure businesses across north of England were trading at a loss of over 60% for 10 weeks out of 16-week survey Businesses expect revenue to recover in January 2022, compared to previous outlook of July 2021

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24 November 2020

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Northern Opera Group's Cinderella Artwork

Northern Opera Group announces new ‘Cinderella’ opera film

Online Premiere: 12th December 2020 The Leeds-based company Northern Opera Group will produce a film adaptation of Pauline Viardot’s short comic opera ‘Cinderella’ with Cla

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11 November 2020

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Chow Down, Credit Jo Ritchie

Chow Down reveals Winter Arches: a 7-week outdoor dining experience

Winter is Coming! Chow Down reveals Winter Arches: a 7-week outdoor dining experience, launching 12th November till 1st January 2021 – Bookings Launch Thursday 5th November – Chow Down is proud to reveal Winter Arch

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30 October 2020

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Leeds Christmas Lights - credit LCC

Bright idea calls on residents to help light up Leeds this Christmas

A fabulous festive appeal has gone out to families, residents and communities all across Leeds calling on them to be part of the city’s first ever virtual Christmas lights switch-on.

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21 October 2020

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Soul Cap founders Michael and Toks

John Lewis Hosts the First Pop-up Store for Rising Black-owned Brand, SOUL CAP

Leeds-based haircare and swim brand SOUL CAP today announced the opening of their first series of pop-up stores at John Lewis shops across the North of England. Through a partnership with The John Lewis Pop-Up Initiative, SOUL CAP will be d

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7 October 2020

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A christmas carol

Leeds Playhouse Autumn Winter Season pledges support to the Leeds City Region and offers free tickets to our NHS workers for Christmas

Responding directly to current conditions, Leeds Playhouse launches its Autumn Winter Season – created for audiences in a Covid-secure environment both in the Playhouse and out in the community and providing a platform for artists and companies

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2 October 2020

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Orchestra of Opera North Performing first live concert after lockdown, credit Guzelian

Live Music Switched On as Opera North Announces New Autumn Events

New events have been added to Switch ON; Opera North’s programme of new indoor performance, outdoor events and digital projects to take place this Autumn. Despite the ever-changing landscape for live performance, Opera North re-affirms its commi

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2 October 2020

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