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Leeds International Festival

Leeds is all set to welcome a new, ambitious and exciting cultural festival to its events calendar later this month –  say hello to Leeds International Festival (LIF) taking place from April 22nd-30th.

LIF will focus on three main strands: music, moving image and technology, showcasing the best of what Leeds has to offer, with a stellar line-up including film premieres, headline performances, exhibitions and conferences, with keynote speakers leading the debates. The festival will also provide fashion and food-related fringe events, linking into new cultural projects like Fashion in Leeds and Leeds Indie Food.

As home to world-leading technology brands, an influential and innovative music history and the city which brought the world the moving image, LIF acknowledges and celebrates the international appeal of Leeds’ rich and vibrant portfolio.

Broadcaster Lauren Laverne will lead an Empowering Woman with Tech conference, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man headlines Live at Leeds and a new film about Leeds United all appear as part of the very first Leeds International Festival.

A whole host of music events will happen across the week with the music strand featuring acts like Wire, White Lies, Maximo Park, Pigeon Detectives, Temples and Nubiyan Twist as well as a World Music Stage.

As well as the “Empowering Woman with Tech” conference, Technology offers up the Leeds Digital Job Fair, the launch of the UK’s first virtual reality-powered game experience from Tick Tock Unlock at Trinity Leeds, a huge Hey! Conference, conversations about Cyber Security and a brand-new family event called “Make, Believe – Inventing the Tech of the Future.”

Moving Image leads with a specially commissioned film about Leeds United with interviews from former players Vinnie Jones and Gordon Strachan, premiering in the city centre.

Andrew Cooper, Chair of Leeds International Festival and LeedsBID Chief Executive, said:
“There is an ambition in the city to showcase all that is great about Leeds, nationally and internationally. The LeedsBID’s business plan highlights the need to help raise the city’s profile by identifying gaps and opportunities to bring new exciting signature events to the city’s calendar, working collaboratively with businesses and organisations on delivery, and maximising investment and driving footfall. This year’s festival is hopefully the start of a showpiece annual event for Leeds – the foundation for a bigger and even more ambitious LIF in 2018.”



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