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.
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 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 early in the New Year. Make sure to sign up to our mailer to be the first to know.
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 CooperChief Executive, Leeds BID & Chair of Steering Group
Catherine MitchellRelationship Manager Combined Arts, Arts Council England
Colin OliverDirector, The Futuresound Group
Cluny MacphersonChief Officer, Sport and Culture, Leeds City Council
Sharon BrigdenDirector, SBL PR
Natasha ZelemHead of Technology, Sky
Tony HannanProducer & Artist
Josh NesbitDirector & Software Consultant, Stac
Amy DewsnapHead of Projects, The Futuresound Group
Cathy DicksonDirector, Cabba