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The Tetley: new home for Leeds International Festival Village


Pic cap (L-R) Start of a new partnership – LeedsBID Chief Executive Andrew Cooper, Gemma Holsgrove, Festival Executive for Leeds International Festival, Valli van Zijl, Vastint Regeneration Manager, and Morgan Cope General Manager of Tetley Bar & Kitchen.


The Tetley is to be the new home of Leeds International Festival’s Village for 2019.

In a unique partnership, festival organisers LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), The Tetley and developer and land owner Vastint are collaborating to create a cultural hub in this iconic city centre location.

The alliance brings together the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation with a pioneering venue synonymous with fresh and emerging artists and talent, showcasing and supporting original and exciting works, located in the heart of the city’s South Bank transformation; all of this on land owned by Vastint, a company which values true mixed-use development and creative placemaking.

Leeds International Festival returns to the city for the third year from 2nd-12th May, with a programme packed with global creators, thinkers, speakers and performers sharing the stage with homegrown creative talent from Leeds’ rich cultural community.

This year’s festival, L19, will bring The Tetley site to life with an eclectic array of events and performances over a 10-day period; many specially commissioned as the result of an open call process introduced for this year’s programming.

The Village will be situated in front of the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery and will house an impressive 20m temporary event structure (The L19 Cube @ the Village) surrounded by food and drink pop-ups. It will host gigs, conferences, talks and family friendly events, with big names on the bill already announced including Frank Bruno MBE, Matt Haig, Professor Alice Roberts, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Tommy Cash, and Crazy P. More will be revealed in the coming weeks.

In addition to the Village, Leeds International Festival will also present an additional new area called The Discovery Zone (hosting free-to-attend events for all the family) for 2019 as well as holding events and activities in venues across the city centre.

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with a venue of such cultural significance and heritage on a site key to a brand new development of the city centre, to bring this physical focal point for Leeds International Festival in 2019.

LeedsBID’s overriding objective is to make new things happen, providing additionally for the greater good of the city – the international festival celebrates Leeds as an ambitious, international, innovative and forward-thinking city, raising its profile locally, nationally and globally and provides the opportunity for all sectors of the community to share in and benefit.

Andrew Cobden, Managing Director of Vastint UK said:

Leeds International Festival is exactly the kind of event we want to host. This exciting city-wide event shows the potential of the South Bank to bring Leeds together and celebrate its rich cultural diversity.

“At Vastint UK, we aim to create a truly mixed-use development offering great places to work, live and visit. We believe the former brewery site will be seen as a great asset to Leeds; a popular hub of activity and life set around a generously-sized park which helps to reconnect vibrant areas of the city centre.”

Bursting onto the festival scene in April 2017, Leeds International Festival launched and fully-funded by LeedsBID, combines an international programme of performers and speakers, with the unshakable creative spirit of Leeds.

L19 is set to wow, with new CORE and OFF programmes, dividing the line-up between internationally renowned speakers and more upcoming and diverse acts and events.

Events announced for the Village so far include:

–      BlaqueXplosion feat. Frank Bruno MBE, Jermain Jackman and JoJo

Feel the noise of Black Britain in a day of exploration and celebration.

–     What does it mean to be Human?(developed in partnership with Leeds Beckett University) with Professor Alice Roberts, Matt Haig, Gelong Thubten and Simon Anholt.

What does it mean to be human? Have we forgotten? Did we ever know? Explore this question with a series of talks in four fascinating events, looking at biology and our past, how to maximise our humanity in today’s world and contemplating how to aspire to be better in the future.

–      Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

Listen to new material from The Luckiest Guy Alive alongside the old classics, with special guest poets Toria Garbutt and Mike Garry.

–      Crazy P (live) + Friends

English electronica favourites Crazy P (plus some stellar talent in support) bring their shimmering, soulful underground disco to Leeds International Festival for Leeds’ only date, on the back of their recent record release.

–      Juicebox with Tommy Cash and Yves Tumor

JUICEBOX presents some of the most urgent and transgressive humans working in music today.

More info and tickets on sale at www.leedsinternationalfestival.com


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