One of the (many) great things about Leeds is how well we collaborate as a city, and how we like to come together to participate in events, debates, performances. As well as the Leeds Digital Festival, this next month sees the city awash with events, under the umbrella of some great festivals.
The Leeds Young Film Festival started this week and runs until 20 April; it’s already the UK’s largest family film event and is even bigger this year. Find out what’s on here.
Transform Festival is on from 19-22 April, with some stunning and innovative performances planned. A number of pieces are already creating excitement, including Mother Load by Grace Sherman, and The Missy Elliott Project by Selina Thompson.
Transform also features Lessons of Leaking by Berlin-based media artists & theatre makers machina eX. The show explores what the future of Europe might look like and is an immersive, participatory adventure somewhere between computer game, theatre and interactive installation. More info about the show can be found here.
The city also sees its first ever Leeds International Festival, with strands covering music, tech and moving image, which finishes with a free concert of world music on Briggate on 30 April.
Coming back for its third successful year, celebrating the best of independent food and drink, Leeds Indie Food takes place across the city from 11-28 May. Many events have already sold out, so look on the website for further details. The Meet the Merchants Wine Fair at the Corn Exchange looks great.
Whatever you do in April and May, get down to as many of these events as you can. We may even see you there!