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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 2018 celebrating its 14th anniversary 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 (1-16 November 2018) 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.

2018 also brings the 19th Leeds Young Film Festival (28th March - 5th April), 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 – 8th & 9th February 2018

Leeds Library Fest - 3rd - 17th February 2018

Headingley LitFest – TBC February - March 2018

International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair - 3rd & 4th March 2018

Ilkley Film Festival – TBC 2018

Leeds Print Festival - TBC 2018

Leeds Young Film Festival – 28th March - 5th April 2018

Transform 18 – TBC 2018

StrangeForms – 7th & 8th April 2018

Leeds Digital Festival – 16th - 27th 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 - TBC 2018

Morley Arts Festival – TBC October 2018

Thought Bubble – Leeds’ Comic Art Festival – 17th - 23rd September 2018

Ilkley Literature Festival – TBC 2018

Light Night – TBC October 2018

Wetherby Arts Festival – 12th - 14th October 2018

Leeds Festival of Gothica - TBC October 2018

Love Arts Festival – TBC October 2018

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - 24th October 2018

Family Arts Festival - TBC October 2018

Leeds International Film Festival – 1st-16th November 2018

Maker's Festival - TBC December 2018

Yorkshire Festival - TBC 2018