The Village is one of the Festival’s principal sites, evolving year on year to accommodate the scope of international talent hitting the city.
In 2018, the space was located on Millennium Square and housed in a lavish ‘Spiegeltent’ (a large travelling tent constructed from wood and canvas, decorated with mirrors and stained glass).
The Village shifted to the South Bank in 2019 and was located in front of The Tetley. It incorporated the L19 Cube, an impressive 20m temporary inflatable event structure.
The incredible space was used flexibly throughout the programme to accommodate acts of all kinds. The eye-catching L19 Cube hosted gigs, conferences, talks, family-friendly events, and performances by local and international artists.
From the packed gig of Crazy P (Live) and Friends to the enthralled theatre-style audience of punk poet, John Cooper Clarke, the L19 Cube adapted perfectly to its subjects. And as dusk fell, The Cube was hard to miss, illuminated in the Festival’s brand of neon pink!
Leeds International Festival is set to wow even more attendees in 2020, and we hope The Cube @ The Village will make a reappearance as a result of the fantastic partnership between Leeds International Festival organisers, LeedsBID, The Tetley, and developer and landowner Vasint.
Partnership: The Tetley, Vastint and LeedsBID
The L19 Cube @ The Village is a unique partnership between Leeds International Festival organisers, LeedsBID, The Tetley and developer and land owner Vasint. The three partners have been working together since 2018 to create this new cultural hub in the heart of the city’s South Bank transformation.
A pioneering centre for contemporary art located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. The Tetley creates a platform for amazing emerging artists, presents breathtaking free exhibitions, and helps communities and young people in Leeds find their creative voice. The Tetley is supported by Arts Council England, Carlsberg UK, Leeds City Council, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.
The international real estate developer has over 25 years’ experience and schemes across Europe. Vastint UK gained planning permission for the first phase of Brewery Site Leeds in October 2018, kick-starting an important element of the wider South Bank regeneration vision.The scheme aims to support the expansion of the city core, providing a vital link connecting the city centre with the Tetley and its creative neighbours, through to the education district and to the communities to the south.
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