Leeds International Festival 2019: Full Programme

Leeds International Festival 2019 has revealed its full programme for 2 – 12 May.

It’s clear to see that the organisers have worked hard to ensure that we are presented with an innovative and diverse line-up, which includes a wide spectrum of talent and expertise drawn from the UK and beyond, and of course the special communities across and around Leeds.

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Events which complete the line-up are:

Sport 2.0: Every Second Counts – Olympian star Amy Williams MBE will discuss tech innovations in sport Hosted by Professor Greg Whyte OBE (Former Olympian, author and TV presenter).

Dr Almas Ahmed (the inventor of the world’s first acid-proof makeup) will speak at Facing Brave: Women take on the acid-throwers.   Dr Julie Thornton, a skin scientist, and Danielle Cornish, expert on women’s rights, will also speak.

Falling Light, a Festival commission created by Flat-e, is an immersive art installation, with Daniel Avery’s music. Hosted by Leeds Corn Exchange.

The Festival’s range of events ensures there is something to appeal to everyone.  People from the worlds of technology, science and art will present and discuss new ideas, the future, how to improve it for generations to come – and how the present generation can cope.

All That Lives. ©LizzieCoombes

Gemma Holsgrove:
“We are so excited to divulge the 2019 full line-up. You can see that this year’s festival
offers up a wealth of dynamic, industry-leading and innovative speakers, as well as ‘must
see’ events, performers, installations, activities and workshops…the list goes on.

L19 will present an amazing, eclectic line-up, which we think truly reflects the
international appeal of Leeds. Whilst big/ renowned names appear on the bill, we also
want to provide a platform for smaller, more diverse, local and underground voices, to
showcase the breadth and rich cultural diversity of this amazing City.”

Read about our recent conversation with Gemma here.

So what’s changed since LIF 2018?  This year, there are CORE and OFF programmes, the former comprised of renowned speakers and the latter of new and emerging talent, some of whom are from Leeds and Yorkshire.

The Village hub is now at The Tetley, and there’s a new area called The Discovery Zone on Briggate, where families can attend free events.  There’ll be more information about this shortly.

Frank Bruno. Photograph courtesy Getty Images.

Leeds International Festival 2019 takes place from 2nd May to 12th May.  Here’s the full list:

  • What Does it Mean to be Human? Events featuring Gelong Thubten, Professor Alice
    Roberts, Matt Haig and Simon Anholt, + FRINGE events
  • Sport 2.0: Every Second Counts featuring Amy Williams MBE
  • BlaqueXplosion featuring Frank Bruno MBE, Capital’s JoJo and The Voice’s Jermain
    Jackman talking Black British culture through music
  • Facing Brave: Women take on the Acid-Throwers featuring Dr Almas Ahmed
  •  Rewire Leeds: an interactive, real-life gaming-theatre event
  •  All Day Hey! Designers & Front End Developers’ Conference
  •  Flat-e + Daniel Avery Falling Light installation
  •  What the F*ture?! An Elmwood event
  •  The Northernlands Data & Start-Up Summit
  • Automation & Me
  •  What’s Eating Reality? Food Justice & Digital Arts Forum
  •  The Changing Face of the UK Film & TV Industry
  •  Crazy P (live) + friends
  • JUICEBOX featuring Yves Tumor, Tommy Cash, Karnage Kills and Nik Nak
  • John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Man Alive
  •  Sex Tapes: Sex-positive spoken word performances
  • Get Into Gaming
  • Tender Balance dance performance and installation
  • Page 127: movement installation
  • All That Lives, Feasts presented by The Grief Series
  • Talkin’ ‘bout my generation intergenerational performance
  • Leeds Needs Help self-help comedy council meeting
  • The Sunday Practise – Festival Edition – spoken word performances, writing workshops
    and films
  • The Mountain and Other Tales of She Transformed performance installation
  • For Oluwale II: writers/artists interpret the exhibition using spoken word and BSL
  • Story #1 by Rachel Mars & Greg Wohead
  • Family Day
  • Unconference music conference
  • Charanga del Norte performance, + Guillermo Davis
  • Conductor – a Virtual Reality Experience

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th March from 12 noon, available from the Leeds International Festival website here.

Mags is the Copy Editor at Leeds Living, who scours articles and makes sure they’re perfect before they’re published. She also reviews theatre.

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