Annual youth arts festival Breezes in to Leeds

The biggest arts festival for young people in West Yorkshire heads to Leeds this week with the start of the Breeze Arts Festival.

Now in its eighteenth year the festival (formerly the Breeze International Youth Festival) is back and bigger than ever, with over 30 events over nine days, and runs from Saturday 19 July to Sunday 27 July.

The festival, for 11-19 year olds, has got even bigger with even more events to take part in than last year. The festival team has been working with many partner organisations such as Phoenix Dance, East Leeds FM, RJC Dance, Pyramid of Arts, The Tetley, and many more to give young people in Leeds a platform to showcase their talents. The majority of events are free or have a Breezecard discount. Events take place all over the city; in libraries, First Floor, Trinity Shopping Centre, Hyde Park Cinema and Leeds Town Hall.

This year a group of young people have helped the festival team plan, programme and manage the festival. The group of nine young people, who are aged between 11 and 18, have chosen the projects and performances that make up the festival, been involved in designing the posters and marketing, and have chosen the groups who will perform at the launch event – Breeze on Briggate on Saturday 19 July.

The outdoor stage on Briggate will host live dance and music from various groups from across Leeds, including DAZL, Kirsty White (winner of Breeze has Talent 2013), SAA-uk and Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows. The young panel also chose Absent Parachute as the Breeze choice band to play on Briggate alongside D-Fault – winners at the AMP Awards at the O2 Academy.

The group chose events for the festival that they felt will appeal to young people with lots of different interests. Activities on offer include; a special effects make-up workshop, a flymarket, Lego animation workshop, DJ workshops, gaming, dance and theatre workshops, stop-motion film screenings and live performances.

Festival goers will also have the opportunity to go on a tour of Leeds Town Hall and admire the views across Leeds after climbing the 203 steps to the top. This is an opportunity to see bits of the building not normally open to the public and there’s no other tour like it in Leeds.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“Breeze Arts Festival continues to offer a huge range of opportunities for young people to get involved in the arts, and I’m proud to support the festival. Breeze Arts Festival partners with a lot of different organisations who all put in a lot of hard work to create the excellent range of activities and events.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children and families said:

“It is great that young people have been on the organising panel and have helped create a festival which will appeal to a young people with a wide range of interests.

“Child Friendly Leeds all is about listening to our children and young people, and by getting involved in this year’s festival these youngsters will not only have had a fantastic experience themselves they will have also produced an event which is relevant and exciting for other young Leeds citizens to enjoy.”

More information and how to book tickets can be found at: www.breezeleeds.org/breezeartsfestival.


For media enquiries please contact

Helen Taylor, Leeds City Council Arts Development, on 0113 247 8539

Email: Helen.taylor@leeds.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

• Breeze Arts Festival is run by Leeds City Council’s Arts Development team. The Arts Development team create opportunities for people to take part in the cultural life of their city, leading the way through the arts.

• Other photographs available on request. Please contact Helen Taylor

• Press reviewers and photographers are welcome to attend the festival. If you would like to cover the festival, please contact Helen Taylor in advance to arrange appropriate access.

• To help festival goers plan their week, Leeds City Council have produced a full colour brochure, containing information about all the projects, a full schedule of events, and booking information. A downloadable programme are available at www.breezeleeds.org/breezeartsfestival