Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

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, brings 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.


There's also a film festival for kids! Leeds Young Film Festival is 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 2020

International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair - TBC 2020

Leeds Lit Fest - 4th - 8th March 2020

Writing On Air - TBC 2020

Armley Print Fest - TBC 2020

CusCus Flamenco - TBC 2020

Leeds Young Film Festival – TBC 2020

Leeds Queer Film Festival - 23rd-26th April 2020

Transform – TBC 2020

Words in the City - TBC 2020

StrangeForms – TBC 2020

Leeds Digital Festival – TBC 2020

Northern Short Story Festival - TBC 2020 

Leeds Wool Festival – TBC 2020

Leeds LGBT+ Literature Festival - 6th-12th July 2020

Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival - 26th August 2019

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

Chapeltown Arts Festival – TBC 2019

Leeds Opera Festival - 23rd - 27th August 2019

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – 26th August - 1st September 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