A guide to making the most of your week in Leeds… Featuring Stewart Francis, Piano Postcards, Boat Party Sessions, Headspace dance company, Universarama!, Otley Folk Festival, Passion4Fashion catwalk show, YourTubes, Leeds Affordable Vintage Weekender, Leeds Fresher’s Festival and The Dark Dark Kaberett 2 – The Mustache Ball!
Fresh from winning Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe Award 2012, comedian Stewart Francis brings his new show ‘Outstanding in his Field’ to City Varieties this week. 17th - 19th September. Tickets are £18.10.
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery present a unique collection of piano postcards created by high profile individuals to celebrate the Leeds International Piano Competition. In recognition of its longstanding association with the Competition, the University of Leeds invited famous faces connected with the arts and Yorkshire to create a unique piano postcard by drawing, painting or photographing subjects related to the Competition. The result is a fascinating exhibition with art work from a uniquely diverse group of individuals ranging from distinguished writer Alan Bennett to singer-song writer Emeli Sandé. At the end of the exhibition, all artworks will be auctioned for charity with the proceeds going to music charities Live Music Now and Nordoff Robbins. From 17th September – 13th October.
For two weeks from 17th -29th September, Boat Party Sessions are ready to take you on a journey across a spectrum of musical flavours, showcased by both the established and up-coming wave of club events lighting up the Leeds scene. During the first week The Musiquarium breaks out the sounds of its resident weekly nights on board a boat picking up from outside Jurys Inn Hotel on Brewery Wharf at 3pm, and continuing after the party hits the shore, where you will be whisked away on a party bus to an after party at The Musiquarium until the early hours. Tickets for the afternoon boat party (15:00 - 19:00) + club after party (10pm – 4am) are £10. Evening boat party (7.30pm - midnight), party bus & after party are £15. Check the link for details of each event - we like the sound of Thursday’s Willy Wonka extravaganza!
HeadSpace is a new company formed by acclaimed British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill (both formerly of Northern Ballet). Their debut work Three & Four Quarters comes to Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on Wednesday, just a week after its World Première at the Royal Opera House, London. Tickets are £10, £8 concessions.
Universarama! is a marvellous blend of spectacle, storytelling and cabaret, all contained within an accessible, funny and unique family show. It is the creation of Craig Johnson - actor, musician, puppeteer, astronomy fan, and long-standing member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre.
At The Carriageworks Theatre, 19th- 20th September. Tickets are £7.50/£9.50. For adults and children 8 years +
Celebrate the 21st Otley Folk Festival, taking place over 4 days from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd September. It’s a folk festival with a distinctly family feel, featuring a variety of events across different venues around the picturesque market town. This year’s venues will include The Methodist Hall, Korks Wine Bar, The Courthouse, Rugby Club and Cricket Club.
Get ready for a very special vintage catwalk fashion show at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 21st September. Passion4Fashion has worked with over 100 unemployed people from across Leeds and under the expert supervision of local eco-designers, taught them to customise old clothing. Each participant was given a £20 challenge to create an outfit fit for the catwalk, and after a summer of workshops held at Leeds Kirkgate Market they will show off their creations at this weeks fashion show. There is a vintage theme this year so in addition to the catwalk, there will be performances from the wonderful Carmen Ghia and the Hot Rods, plus singers, dancers and cabaret artists. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are free.
YourTubes is the only event in existence (karaoke aside) where you choose what everyone else watches, right up until host and YouTube Jockey Tim Ineaux takes the controls back to craft an on the fly mix from live streaming video. The evening will kick off with some inspiring online presentations, which you can shortlist in advance (on Twitter with the hashtag #YourTubes) and these will be put to the vote on the night. Friday 21st September at White Cloth Gallery, from 8pm. Entry is £3.
The UK’s largest vintage fair returns to their hometown for Leeds Affordable Vintage Weekender on Saturday and Sunday at Leeds Corn Exchange. There will be offers and sale rails, new season staples, 20s beading to 90s prints. It’s not just about fashion – there will be plenty of homewares, crafts and accessories to purchase too, at up to 75% less than the high street. Entry is free and the Marvellous Tea Dance ladies also will be there with tea and cake.
The first ever Leeds Freshers Festival will take place on Millennium Square on Saturday 22nd September from 4pm. The event will have a huge stage showcasing some of the biggest names in music, with rising stars, talented performers and DJs. There will also be a Fresher’s Fair allowing you to sample what Leeds has to offer, plus an interactive zone featuring a rodeo bull, crystal maze style chamber and inflatable bungee, with prizes for those that take part. Tickets from £20, open to students from all universities and all years.
On Saturday 22nd September, MonkeyPaw presents ‘The Dark Dark Kabarett 2, The Mustache Ball’ at The Fox & Newt on Burley Road. Come dressed up for a night of debauched cabaret and sideshows – facial hair is a must. Confirmed acts include The Big Snakes Mystery Orchestra, The Perceptionist - Harrison Richard and Heidi Bang Tidy. Your host is Rufus Roustabout, and your compere for the evening is Zsa Zsa Lahore. Entry is £5 including entry to the prize raffle. Doors open from 7.30pm, the acts begin at 8pm.