L19 Village - Leeds International Festival


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.


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