Leeds International Festival 19 in pics
Taking you through Leeds International Festival 19 with pictures.
Tommy Cash’s performance was all we’d expected from the post-Soviet Surrealist rapper, and more. Provocative, innovative, and modern, he had the crowd on their feet from the first beat.
Crazy P’s slick disco danced through the speakers, and was immediately infectious – the audience loved it from the start.
The carnival dancers, part of a troupe which takes part in the Leeds Carnival (the UK’s oldest West Indian carnival), welcomed the audience to a day of Black British celebration for BlaqueXplosion, where Frank Bruno discussed Black male mental health, Khadija Ibrahiim performed her spoken word, and artists like Graft, Iration Steppas and The Voice’s Jermain Jackman oozed his smooth pop to an excited audience.
Professor Alice Roberts, Tibetan monk Gelong Thubten, Matt Haig and Simon Anholt brought us the What Does It Mean To Be Human? series of events, which looked into psychology, evolution and mindfulness to examine who we are, how we’ve gotten here, and how we can shape our destinies.
Dr Almas Ahmed is a doctor who has pioneered the world’s first range of acid-proof make-up, which she discussed in Facing Brave: Women Take on the Acid Throwers. Alongside Skin Scientist Dr Julie Thornton, they discussed the societal mentality behind the culture of acid throwing, as well as the positive actions that these women are taking to fight back, empowering the women who have been victimised by this heinous crime.
Sport 2.0 saw famous sports heroes Dame Sarah Storey (paralympic multi-medallist) and gold medallist Olympian Amy Williams MBE alongside endurance athlete Sam Boatwright and sports entertainment insiders like Channel 4’s Head of Sport spending an afternoon discussing the impact of technology on sport, both on how it is played and how we watch and enjoy it!
Looking back, Leeds International Festival was packed with a creative landscape, showcasing local and international talent to our city. If you would like to be a part of 2020’s proceedings and want your event to be seen on an international scale, our Open Call is now open to submit your ideas. We encourage applications from all creatives & artists alike.