Art & Culture

International Day of Disabled Persons

The International Day of Disabled Persons is today, 3 December, with a 2020 theme of hidden disabilities. We don’t necessarily notice those with chronic pain, hearing impairment, brain injuries, autism, learning disabilities or mental illness, so this year, the aim is to raise awareness of the impact for sufferers, many of whom remain silent in […] Leeds Living …


Opera North’s Light up Lives

Opera North is asking for help to light up lives in schools, communities and homes by connecting people through music this Christmas. Music can have such a positive impact on wellbeing, which is why Opera North continues to provide this form of entertainment and escapism at this particularly challenging time. In order to extend its […] Leeds Living …


Burn Bright’s Better in Person

This digitally commissioned anthology returns via Zoom on 14 December at 8 p.m. in a northern-centric instalment. Five talented women writers capture the reality of the north in an eye opener brought to you in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre, Live Theatre, Octagon Theatre and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The writers – Shannon Barker, Olivia […] Leeds Living …


The Aftermath – The Piece Hall, Northern Broadsides and Northern Rascals.

My teenage daughter and I watched the amazing performance of The Aftermath, a Northern Broadsides, Northern Rascals and Piece Hall production. The Aftermath, choreographed by Anna Holmes and Sam Ford from Northern Rascals, is an open-air dance theatre piece exploring the passion of Calderdale youth in the age of COVID-19. It is performed by 20 professional […] Leeds Living …


Nicole Joseph – Freedom Studios’ New Associate Producer

Bradford’s award-winning Freedom Studios have appointed Leeds theatre maker Nicole Joseph as Associate Producer. Nicole’s recent credits include Assistant Producer at Slung Low, where she worked on several projects including their Leeds People’s Theatre short film, The Good Book (2020). She was also Assistant Director on Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse, 2020) and Writer-Director of an extract of her play, Ghosts […] Leeds Living …


In Conversation with Yousra Imran

Hijab and Red Lipstick, Yousra Imran’s debut novel, won the Hashtag Publishing prize in 2020. Yousra is half-English and half-Egyptian. She grew up in London and moved to the Arabian Peninsula when she was fifteen. Her book focuses upon the culture shock she experienced on moving to a more restrictive society where her father had […] Leeds Living …


Compass Festival 2021

Biennial interactive Compass Festival returns to Leeds from 19 to 28 March 2021. Imagine every Leeds ‘phone box ringing simultaneously. What about a portable museum? And a pop-up pub? These are among the first projects to be announced by the Festival directors. Museums in People’s Homes looks at how collectors engage with the world. Artist […] Leeds Living …


Opera North Announces Livestreams

Two major productions will now be livestreamed as a result of the second lockdown in England. Opera North received a grant of £2 million from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and is determined to continue to share music with those in Northern England, whilst planning to return to live performances and tours as early as […] Leeds Living …


The British Library Commissions Yorkshire Artists

As part of their Leeds Culture Programme, The British Library has collaborated with Yorkshire artists to launch an online artwork for Light Night. ‘Faint Signals’ is the Library’s commission with Yorkshire’s Invisible Flock, an interactive arts studio. Its creation is a response to the challenges emanating from COVID-19 to cultural engagement. It’s hoped that visitors […] Leeds Living …