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Leeds International Festival underway

Leeds International Festival 2019 (L19) is taking place across the city this week, with tickets still available for some events.

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This year’s festival sees new CORE and OFF programmes, dividing the line-up between CORE’s internationally-renowned speakers and OFF’s up-and-coming, diverse acts and events - many featuring home-grown talent.

Leeds Beckett University is proud to be a festival partner, curating the CORE event, ‘What does it mean to be human?’

This CORE event was developed and curated by Chris Hudson, Head of Subject in the School of Health & Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University, and asks what does it mean to be human? Have we forgotten? Did we ever know?

A series of talks featuring evolutionary biologist Professor Alice Roberts, award-winning novelist Matt Haig, inspirational Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten and economist and founder of The Good Country, Simon Anholt will look at biology and our past, how to maximise our humanity in today’s world and contemplate how to aspire to be better in the future.

The university is also staging a wrap-around programme of fringe events on related topics presented by Leeds Beckett University academics, Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Divine Charura, Professor Mark Johnson, Professor Anna Abraham, Dr Sue Miller and Teresa Brayshaw. The Unconference, organised by Leeds Beckett University's Sam Nicholls, is also part of Leeds International Festival, having been founded with Leeds Beckett in 2010.

Leeds International Festival 2019 takes place from 2 May to 12 May


  • What Does it Mean to be Human? Events featuring Gelong Thubten, Professor Alice Roberts, Matt Haig and Simon Anholt, + FRINGE events
  • Sport 2.0: Every Second Counts featuring Amy Williams MBE
  • BlaqueXplosion featuring Frank Bruno MBE, Capital’s JoJo and The Voice’s Jermain Jackman talking Black British culture through music
  • Facing Brave: Women take on the Acid-Throwers featuring Dr Almas Ahmed
  • Rewire Leeds: an interactive, real-life gaming-theatre event
  • All Day Hey! Designers & Front End Developers’ Conference
  • Flat-e + Daniel Avery Falling Light installation
  • What the F*ture?! An Elmwood event
  • The Northernlands Data & Start-Up Summit
  • Automation & Me
  • What’s Eating Reality? Food Justice & Digital Arts Forum
  • The Changing Face of the UK Film & TV Industry


  • Crazy P (live) + friends
  • JUICEBOX featuring Yves Tumor, Tommy Cash, Karnage Kills and Nik Nak
  • John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Man Alive
  • Sex Tapes: Sex-positive spoken word performances
  • Get Into Gaming
  • Tender Balance dance performance and installation
  • Page 127: movement installation
  • All That Lives, Feasts presented by The Grief Series
  • Talkin’ ‘bout my generation intergenerational performance
  • Leeds Needs Help self-help comedy council meeting
  • The Sunday Practise - Festival Edition - spoken word performances, writing workshops and films
  • The Mountain and Other Tales of She Transformed performance installation
  • For Oluwale II: writers/artists interpret the exhibition using spoken word and BSL
  • Story #1 by Rachel Mars & Greg Wohead
  • Family Day
  • Unconference music conference
  • Charanga del Norte performance, + Guillermo Davis
  • Conductor - a Virtual Reality Experience

Tickets are available from the Leeds International Festival website - www.leedsinternationalfestival.com

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