About - Leeds International Festival
#LEEDSINTFEST 2 - 12 MAY, 2019

Leeds International Festival is the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation

Launched in April 2017 by Leeds BID, the festival combines an international programme of speakers and performers with the unshakable creative spirit of one of the North’s most vibrant cities. Our mission is to grow LIF into the UK’s largest platform for global thinkers, innovators and pioneers to discuss the world of today and our future.

CORE Programme

Our CORE programme invites the world’s leading creators, innovators, thought-leaders and pioneers to Leeds to disseminate new ideas and discuss the world of tomorrow. By introducing the brightest minds to our city and our city to the brightest minds, the CORE aims to challenge our understanding of the world today and deliver an exciting vision of the future.

OFF Programme

OFF Programme eclectic, noisy and unpredictable, the OFF programme is a dizzying whirlwind of live music, performance, food, after-parties, exhibitions, discussions, comedy and experimental events. In streets and venues across the city, OFF will shine a spotlight on Leeds’ rich cultural diversity and unshakable creative spirit.

L19 Village & Discovery Zone

As well as holding events in venues across the city, Leeds International Festival 19 will have two dedicated sites: The L19 Village and the Discovery Zone. Details on both sites will be released very soon.



Meet the Team

Leeds International Festival is a collaborative, open and inclusive festival. Our open call policy, amazing event organisers, festival steering group and local creators are all a vital part of our team. The team is also hugely supported by the team at Leeds BID.

Festival Steering Group

  • Andrew Cooper

    Chief Executive, Leeds BID & Chair of Steering Group
  • Catherine Mitchell

    Relationship Manager Combined Arts, Arts Council England
  • Cluny Macpherson

    Chief Officer, Sport and Culture, Leeds City Council
  • Sharon Brigden

    Director, SLB PR
  • Tony Hannan

    Producer & Artist
  • Josh Nesbitt

    Director & Software Consultant, Stac
  • Cathy Dickson

    Director, Cabba