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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, 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 – 6th & 7th February 2020

Leeds Mini LGBT+ Lit Fest - 15th February 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 - 21st March 2020

CusCus Flamenco - TBC 2020

Leeds Young Film Festival –30th March - 13th April 2020

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

Words in the City - TBC 2020

StrangeForms – 18th & 19th April 2020

Leeds Digital Festival – 20th April - 1st May 2020

Northern Short Story Festival - TBC 2020 

Leeds Wool Festival – 6th June 2020

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

Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival - TBC 2020

Chapeltown Arts Festival – TBC 2020

Leeds Opera Festival - TBC 2020

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – TBC 2020

Morley Arts Festival – TBC 2020

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - TBC 2020

Ilkley Literature Festival – TBC 2020

Light Night – 1st & 2nd October 2020

Independent Directions Film Festival - TBC 2020

Goth City - TBC 2020

Wetherby Arts Festival – TBC 2020

Love Arts Festival – TBC 2020

Thought Bubble – Leeds’ Comic Art Festival – TBC November 2020

Leeds International Film Festival – TBC 2020

Compass Festival - TBC 2020 

Maker's Festival - TBC 2020

Transform – TBC Spring 2021