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Leeds International Festival 2020: Generation Future

Leeds International Festival 2020: Generation Future

February 14, 2020
By Chapter 81

We’re delighted to announce our full programme, now available to buy or book tickets.

It’s been hard to keep these 29 events under wraps as we’ve worked on getting them ready over the past few months, so we wanted to share a few with you today to whet your appetite. Browse all events here.

As usual, we’re celebrating both Leeds locals and national and international talent in our innovative, diverse and fascinating line-up. The speakers, pioneers, performers and experts come from across many industries and sectors, and many different communities too.

3 Stellar speaking events:

Future. Identity. Power. Reframing Equality & Justice

A Generation to Cool the Earth

Living in a Future City with George Clarke

Future. Identity. Power: Reframing equality and justice is an event set to reframe justice and power through the lens of our differences. We’re really looking forward to the discussion here, as this event asks the bold questions we need to answer in order to unite, across our multiple identities of race, gender, class, generation, sexuality, and beyond. Leeds Beckett University’s Shona Hunter will focus on both everyday and extraordinary ways we struggle together for justice, equality, and diversity, reframing the world, and our own positions in it, for the collective good.

Further to our previous announcement about A Generation to Cool the Earth, we can now reveal the whole line-up. Compered by TV favourite and wildlife enthusiast Michaela Strachan, the event will see four insightful talks from our experts:

  • Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, will be asking What is Good Citizenship for Our Times? 
  • Dr Vandana Shiva, global social activist and physicist, will be exploring The Future of Food. 
  • Dr Bernie Krause, professional musician and bioacoustician, will be exploring the health of ecosystems through sound in The Future Belongs to Those Who Can Hear It Coming.
  • Dr Mike Berners-Lee, author and carbon footprinting expert, will be asking Is Big System Change Possible?

Living in a Future City is looking exciting too, as a panel of experts, chaired by George Clarke (The Restoration Man, Amazing Spaces, and Council House Scandal) take on everything from transport and the natural environment to urban infrastructure and services. Listen in to their visions for future urban spaces, and discussions on how we can build environments that are not only fit for purpose, but inspirational and positive places for their population.

The panel will include:

  • Roger Nickells, Partner at Buro Happold Engineering. Nickells’ team’s achievements include The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Battersea Power Station Development, the USA Mercedes-Benz Stadium and ground-breaking The High Line, in New York.
  • Robyn Vinter, Editor-in-Chief of independent news publication The Overtake and Yorkshire Post journalist.
  • Leah Stuart, Associate Director at Civic Engineers and a specialist in Chartered transport and street engineering. 
  • Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures at Leeds University. 

Leeds: shouting Loud! 

We’re so excited to be bringing Leeds International Festival to the city again, and are proud to be celebrating lots of local voices as well as ones from further afield. Leeds voices are represented particularly strongly at the festival this year through art, dance, and music.

Award-winning photographic artist and Leeds lass Mandy Barker will be bringing an at-once ethereal and also shocking photographic exhibition called Altered Oceans to L20, highlighting the harmful impact of plastic detritus in our oceans. Leeds-based artist and performer Selina Thompson will be asking a ‘kitchen table council’ of locals to chat over the hot political problems of today, to see if we can do any better than the politicians we pay to do the job for us! Yorkshire Dance will be hosting a Rebellion Activity Day of participatory choreography workshops, finishing in a performance of Rita Marcarlo’s The Rebellion, and Phoenix Dance will be delivering an upbeat rendition of a Utah Saints remix of Greta Thunberg’s keynote speech. Local band I LIKE TRAINS will be performing their first hometown gig in over three years ahead of a new album launch, accompanied by the fantastic NYX Drone Choir. 

Weird. Wonderful. Wacky. Generation Future

Naho Matsuda’s EVERY THING EVERY TIME, featuring immediate poetry prompted by ‘Smart City’ urban data, shown on split displays), Generate’s real-life visualisations of raw data from our Leeds populace in the Merrion Centre, a secret new dance performance courtesy of much-lauded Requardt & Rosenberg, and The End is Queer: A Domesday Disco are but a handful of the weird and wonderful, powerful and pioneering events that fill the rest of L20’s line-up!

Check out the whole line-up here, and buy and book tickets too, because Leeds International Festival 2020 tickets are available NOW!

More than thirty events have been announced, and all* are available to buy, or book, from today. Check out the full events listing, and get tickets:

*some events do not require tickets