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Arts & Culture Festivals

Leeds loves art, and this can be seen in the ever expanding range of Arts and Culture festivals the city hosts every year!


Light Night, Leeds most illuminating event, returns for 2017 celebrating its 13th anniversary with a night of spectacular light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances taking over Leeds City Centre. Bring your friends and family along to experience a fantastic festival atmosphere, navigate your way around over 50 different events across the city centre, and sample some delicious street food.


Thought Bubble is the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics. Each year the ComicCon hosts a programme of events and entertainment, designed to inspire and delight everyone from the industry expert or comic book fanatic to a complete newcomer to sequential art.

Light Night 2016 - Simon Dewhurst for Leeds City Council
Leeds International Film Festival at Leeds Town Hall - Credit James Carmichael


Leeds International Film Festival (2-16 November 2017) is one of the largest film events in the UK, presenting an incredible selection of the best new and classic films from around the world. Each year, audiences are invited to step in from the cold autumn weather and enjoy the power of cinema at some of the city’s favourite venues, including Leeds Town Hall, The Hyde Park Picture House and Everyman Leeds.

Easter also brings the 18th Leeds Young Film Festival (March 2017), full of inspiring film events for families.


Every year Leeds City Council runs the Breeze Arts Festival – an arts extravaganza of exhibitions and performances which showcases work by young people from Leeds. 

Explore more arts and culture festivals...

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – 9th February 2018

Headingley LitFest – TBC February - March 2018

201stInternational Contemporary Artists' Book Fair - TBC March 2018

Ilkley Film Festival – TBC 2018

Leeds Print Festival - TBC 2018

Leeds Young Film Festival – 26th March - 5th April 2018

Transform 18 – TBC 2018

StrangeForms – TBC 2018

Leeds Digital Festival – TBC April 2018

Leeds Flamenco Festival - TBC 2018

Leeds Wool Festival – 2nd June 2018

Leeds Big Bookend – TBC 2018

Chapeltown Arts Festival – TBC 2018

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – TBC Summer 2018

The Tetley Weekender - TBC August 2018

Left Bank Opera Festival - 29th-31st August 2017

Morley Arts Festival – 27th September - 13th October 2017

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - 21st September 2017

Thought Bubble – Leeds’ Comic Art Festival – 18th-24th September 2017

Ilkley Literature Festival – 29th September - 15th October 2017

Light Night – 5th & 6th October 2017

Leeds Fashion Festival - 7th-8th October 2017

Wetherby Arts Festival – 13th-22nd October 2017

Leeds Festival of Gothica - 14th October 2017

No Gloss Film Festival - TBC October 2017

Love Arts Festival – 4th-18th October 2017

Family Arts Festival - Whole month of October 2017

Leeds International Film Festival – 2nd-16th November 2017

Maker's Festival - TBC December 2017

Compass Live Art – TBC 2018

Yorkshire Festival - TBC 2018