Festival 18


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

It’s a programme of compelling speakers, original performances and discussion that celebrates innovations in science, music, interactive media and world culture.

Our goal is to inspire and grow communities by bringing people together and promoting the discovery and exchange of new ideas.

New Ideas

We are a festival that boldly explores new ideas. We showcase innovations in science, pioneering technologies, advancements in international culture and thinking that inspires and challenges.

International Culture

Leeds International Festival celebrates new and innovative international work. Our programme brings world-class speakers and performers from overseas right into the heart of our city.

Local Creativity

We provide a platform for Leeds’ home-grown talent to be showcased to the world. L18 will see more local artists, creators and thinkers sharing the stage with world-class international talent.