We are happy to announce a new partnership with Bruntwood, which will bring an official creative hub for Leeds International Festival.
The move brings together one of the UK’s leading metropolitan festivals of new ideas and innovation with Bruntwood, a company with a passion for supporting arts, culture and community engagement.
Bruntwood is a leading regional property company, which has a long-standing presence in Leeds. The company will house the official ‘L20 Creative Hub’ at Bruntwood’s landmark building ‘Platform’ in the city – the building you can see when approaching the train station, which is decorated with award-winning owl mural, Athena Rising.
Bruntwood has been creating thriving cities for over forty years, and is deeply connected within the city of Leeds. It is a founding board member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, and has over £1bn in assets under ownership across more than 100 landmark properties across the North and Midlands.
Bruntwood SciTech, a 50:50 joint venture with Legal & General, is the UK’s largest property portfolio dedicated to the growth of the science and technology sector. This includes Platform in Leeds.
Bruntwood’s investment in innovation will provide a flexible creative space in Platform for the artists and innovators programmed for next year’s 10-day festival, running from April 30th – 9th May 2020. There they can come together to connect, collaborate, and be inspired. Platform will provide the perfect environment in which to develop work, with the opportunity to liaise with others on big ideas, share creative visions and nurture artistic skills.
The partnership offers the opportunity to use Platform’s facilities for the development and realisation of individual events, including free access to meeting rooms and co-working space in the run-up to the festival, as well as providing a place where artists, creatives and innovators can come together to road-test ideas and audience reactions to events in development.
Leeds International Festival provides a great opportunity to attract and grow the city’s creative and innovative talent, whilst helping to enhance the experience of those who live, work and visit the city.