Arts & Culture
Become a contributor

Become a contributor

We're looking for photographers, bloggers and promoters to help us shine the spotlight on all the great things happening in Leeds. Click the plus button to add your details and we’ll be in touch!

What’s on at ‘The Village’ for Leeds International Festival
What’s on at ‘The Village’ for Leeds International Festival

For one week only, Millennium Square in Leeds will be transformed into a giant cultural hub as the Tour de Yorkshire and Leeds International Festival come together.

Branded ‘The Village,’ the city-centre destination will become a hive of activity from Saturday 28 April-Sunday 6 May 2018 with a programme of fun activities and events for all.

Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) and Leeds City Council, The Village will host events in an eye-catching Spiegeltent. Here are the must-see highlights:

What’s on at ‘The Village’ for Leeds International Festival

Saturday 28 April & Sunday 29 April, 12:00 – 16:00
Live Art Bistro Family Fun Days
Tickets £2.50.
Book Here
Live Art Bistro presents two days of fun and adventurous performance and activities ideal for school children and their families. Taking influences from movements in art history, the sessions will include party games, kid friendly cabaret, and fast and fun arts and craft stalls.

Saturday 28 April, 19:30 – 23:00
KAOS Classical Uproar ft. DJ Brandon Block
Tickets £25.
Book Here
This event will see the reincarnation of Leeds’ legendary Kaos night thirty years ago… when Kaos booked new band Together, their track Hardcore Uproar track went into the charts, and 1,500 more people than expected turned up at the night and all got in! The night will bring a specially curated mix of Kaos classics played by a small orchestra, and Kaos DJs Mark Alexander and Marshall.

Sunday 29 April, 19:30
House Gospel Choir
Tickets £15.
Book Here
This event will see the choir filling the Spiegeltent with their uplifting, gospel-inspired take on house classics. The House Gospel Choir brings together outstanding singers with a history of working with international talent in session and at live performances such as with The Kooks, Annie Mac, Candi Staton, Tom Jones, Beverley Knight, Gregory Porter, and Stormzy, to name a few!

Monday 30 April, 18:00 – 22.30
‘The Damned United’ Play
Tickets £15.Book Here
Originally co-produced with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Damned United play takes us to 1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team: Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates, and which hates him. Tickets include a Q&A session.

Tuesday 1 May, 19:15 – 23:00
Ghost World, Presented by Thought Bubble & Scalarama
Tickets £6.Book Here
The Spiegeltent will host a screening of the cult film and black comedy, Ghost World, focussing on the lives of Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), two bored teens that wonder what to do with their lives post-highschool. A bar will be available at this event, so feel free to socialise after the screening.

Wednesday 2 May, 18:00 – 21:00
The ‘Eve of Tour’ Presentation (Tour de Yorkshire)

This free public event will launch the 2018 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire. Featuring entertainment, music, cycling-themed exhibition stands, and celebrities from the world of cycling, this event will be a spectacular show to start the race weekend. This is open to everyone. No ticket required, turn up on the night. See


What’s on at ‘The Village’ for Leeds International Festival

Thursday 3 May, 18:30 – 22:30
‘Playing The Joker’ Play, Presented by Red Ladder
Tickets £5.00.
Book Tickets
This special adaptation of this interesting play sees fanatical rugby league fan Eddie Marlowe grieving the recent loss of his father and is hell bent on speaking alone with his idol. Playing The Joker is about one man’s dream to give rugby league a national profile. Features Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Tickets include a Q&A session.

Friday 4 May, 16:15 – 18:30
In Conversation with Fashion East – Panel Discussion
Tickets £10.00. Book Tickets
This talent incubator was founded in 2000, seeking out and nurturing the best UK-based fashion stars of the future. Founder Lulu Kennedy (MBE) will be chatting to the stars of tomorrow, whilst reflecting on the biggest successes so far, with Matty Bovan, Per Gotesson, Mimi Wade & Art School.

For the full programme of events, more information, and to buy tickets visit:


Sign Up


We support, showcase and share the very best in Leeds. If you’d like to kept in the know just enter your email address above.

Welcome to Leeds is created by: