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2020 dates announced for Leeds International Festival


Just over two months since Leeds International Festival wrapped up for 2019, some key headline announcements have been revealed for 2020.

Image of Leeds International Festival event in 2019

Organisers are going public with dates for the diary for next year’s festival, a new theme and the launch of its Open Call.

Leeds International Festival2020 will run from April 30th-9th May 2020, with the introduction of an overarching theme - Generation Future.

The theme aims to act as a catalyst for response and encourage applications to explore, investigate and interrogate what Generation Future means to people in their own individual ways, promoting thought, discussion and artistic interpretation.

Details have also been released for innovators and creatives to get involved, with the launch of the Open Call, running from 2 July - 6 September.

Proposals are encouraged from all; artists, comedians, speakers, musicians, performers, with the festival providing a platform to showcase the creative DNA of the city and local, national and international talent.

Gemma Holsgrove, Leeds International Festival Executive, said: “For 10 days in May 2019, Leeds city centre buzzed with Leeds International Festival. It was incredible to be able to showcase the works of artists, speakers and organisations from the city, the UK and beyond.

“Overall, L19 reminded us that we must be inquisitive, and ask those unasked questions, and for L20 we want to continue to build on that.”

L19 saw John Cooper Clarke perform Punk poetry old and new, tech exploration and innovation, family fun, art compositions, and a roster of spectacular musical performances from a huge list of musicians including Tommy Cash, Crazy P, Iration Steppas, Daniel Avery, Yves Tumor, Charanga del Norte and many more.

Leeds International Festival Drop - In Sessions: Find out more about the festival and how to apply:

Wednesday 17 July, 10:00 - 15:00, The Tetley

Wednesay 7 August, 10:00 - 15:00, The Tetley

For more details about the Open Call and to apply, please visit: www.leedsinternationalfestival.com

Deadline for applications via the Open Call is Friday 6 September and applicants will be notified of decisions by 30 September 2019.


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