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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 2019 with two nights 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 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.


2019 will bring the 20th Leeds Young Film Festival, the UK’s largest family film event where the whole family can watch, learn and play.


Leeds Digital Festival is the largest of its kind the North and celebrate all things wool at Armley Mill's Wool Festival

Explore more arts and culture festivals...

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – TBC 2020

Headingley LitFest – TBC 2019

International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair - TBC 2020

Bradford UNESCO City of Film 10th Anniversary - 2019

Leeds Lit Fest - 4th - 8th March 2020

Writing On Air - 21st - 24th March 2019

Armley Print Fest - 30th March 2019

CusCus Flamenco - 6th April 2019

Leeds Young Film Festival – 8th-22nd April 2019

Transform – 26th April - 4th May 2019

Words in the City - 27th April 2019

StrangeForms – 27th & 28th April 2019

Leeds Digital Festival – 23rd April - 3rd May 2019

Northern Short Story Festival - 31st May - 2nd June 2019

Leeds Wool Festival – 1st June 2019

Yorkshire Sculpture International - 22nd June - 29th September 2019

Chapeltown Arts Festival – TBC 2019

Left Bank Opera Festival - TBC 2019

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – TBC 2019

Morley Arts Festival – 25th September - 12th October 2019

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - 27th September 2019

Ilkley Literature Festival – 4th-20th October 2019

Light Night – 10th & 11th October 2019

Independent Directions Film Festival - 11th-13th October 2019 

Goth City - 11th - 19th October 2019

Wetherby Arts Festival – 11th - 20th October 2019

Love Arts Festival – TBC 2020 (no festival 2019)

Thought Bubble – Leeds’ Comic Art Festival – 4th - 10th November 2019

Leeds International Film Festival – 16th-21st November 2019

Compass Festival - TBC 2020 (no festival 2019)

Maker's Festival - TBC December 2019