Arts grants help give city’s economy multi-million pound boost

An innovative grants scheme has helped cultural organisations in Leeds generate more than £56m for the local economy in just one year, new figures have revealed.   The Arts@Leeds project, run by Leeds City Council, gives arts organisations across the city financial support to create exciting events and activities in venues and communities. Now…

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West Yorkshire’s museums contribute millions to regional economy

West Yorkshire’s local authority museums contributed over £34 million to the regional economy last year and attracted over 1.7 million visitors through their doors. The information has been released on a new video highlighting the amazing attractions across the county and encouraging people to take pride in their local museums and galleries. Senior councillors…

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Progress report due on landmark Playhouse project

Senior councillors in Leeds will be updated on the ongoing requirements for the transformation of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Members of the council’s executive board will be given a progress report on the ambitious scheme to revamp and revitalise the theatre and its surroundings, ahead of a meeting next week on 27 June. The…

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Leeds Young Film Festival announces 2018 line-up

United Kingdom premieres, BAFTA and OSCAR nominated movies, artists from BAFTA winning shows delivering workshops and a mysterious Anti-Gravity Box are just a few of the events announced for Leeds Young Film Festival 2018, which returns for its 19th edition this Easter, 26 March – 5 April. The Festival, part of Leeds City Council…

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Green light for West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment

Arts Council England have today confirmed a total grant of £6.6m towards the landmark redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse, with further news that the project has been granted planning consent, thereby giving the green light for a transformational moment in the theatre’s history. The £14m project, led by Leeds City Council, will be funded by…

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New pop-up pavilion transforms Victoria Gardens this summer

This summer Victoria Gardens in the heart of Leeds city centre will be transformed into a pop-up pavilion and playspace for two weeks from 12-28 August. Park Here & Play is a large-scale ambitious project and realised through a collaboration with Leeds City Council, DLA Design and Leeds Art Gallery and other partners building…

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Stage is set for Playhouse project to move forward

Plans to transform the West Yorkshire Playhouse will be discussed by senior councillors in Leeds. Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to approve the next stage of a funding application which will allow transformative proposals for one of the city’s key cultural institutions to move to the next stage. Subject to Arts Council…

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Chance for artists to create the light fantastic

Innovative artists are being given a unique opportunity to produce a spectacular new light and sound display for one of city’s biggest cultural showpieces. Organisers of this year’s highly-anticipated Light Night Leeds are calling for creative ideas for an ambitious video mapping piece, which will be projected onto Leeds Civic Hall in front of…

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Landmark Playhouse proposals to go before planning chiefs

Proposals to transform and modernise the West Yorkshire Playhouse through a landmark refurbishment project will go before the city’s senior planning officials. Members of Leeds City Council’s city plans panel will consider initial proposals for a multi-million pound revamp of the popular Leeds theatre at a meeting next week. The plans, submitted by Leeds…

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Daring theatre project set to Transform Leeds

A ground-breaking new programme of international theatre will take over arts venues across Leeds this spring. The first project to officially get the backing of the Leeds 2023 bid, Transform 17 comes to the city from April 19-22 with a mix of performance art, outdoor theatre and large-scale shows created with the help of…

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Tens of thousands flock to phenomenal Light Night 2016

More than 60,000 people flocked to the city centre to be a part of this year’s incredible Light Night Leeds festival. Held over two nights for the first time on October 6 and 7, the unique celebration was the city’s biggest ever, and saw iconic local landmarks and venues illuminated by more than 50 spectacular…

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Dazzling display of fire and ice set to light up Leeds

Breath-taking sculptures illuminated by bright orange flames are set to fire the imaginations of visitors to this year’s Light Night Leeds. The incredible creations are one of a huge programme of installations inspired by the elements, which will be on display across the city as part of this year’s two night festival. Created by…

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City centre to host first ever light triathlon

A dazzling array of illuminated lanterns, cyclists, walkers and runners will take over the city centre next month when Leeds hosts its first ever light triathlon. Part of this year’s incredible Light Night 2016, the ambitious trio of installations will come together on October 6 in one of the highlights of the spectacular two-night celebration.…

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Mythical phoenix to take flight for Light Night 2016

A spectacular illuminated phoenix will spread its wings across the Civic Hall during next month’s incredible Light Night Leeds 2016. The dazzling display, entitled The Phoenix in the Stone, will be one of the showpiece events at this year’s celebration, which for the first time ever will see an exciting programme of installations and…

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