Everyone knows about Leeds Loves Food – you can’t really miss it, can you? – but don’t forget about it’s poor yet delicious cousin, Leeds Loves Cocktails from the 2nd to the 8th June.. It’s not quite as massive a spectacle, but there are some amazing events scheduled including opportunities to taste rare Jack Daniels products or meet the Master Distiller at Sipsmith.
We’ve got two biggies, theatre-wise: West Yorkshire Playhouse gets properly into its Alan Bennett season, which promises to be amazing, and Wicked! finally comes to Leeds Grand (I’m pretty sure I booked my tickets when I was about fifteen. Can’t believe it’s almost here!). New seats have just been released, with best availability during the week, if you still fancy going.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Northern Ballet perform their mixed programme at the Stanley and Audrey Burton theatre. It’s a really intimate venue, and it will be the first time I’ve seen them do anything other than a full-length narrative ballet. Catch it between the 18th and 21st.
Lovely Leeds blog Cheery Little Thing is hosting an offline event on June 11th. It’s an In Conversation event with Betty Magazine, where you can get tips about branding and content, plus there’s a launch afterwards with music, cocktails and cake. Sounds fun, right? It’s in association with Colours May Vary, which happens to be just about the coolest shop in Leeds, by the way.
The Merrion Centre is currently celebrating its 50th birthday. Throughout June, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, they’re operating a free drop in cinema screening films from each decade of the Centre’s existence. I’m hoping to be able to drop in for Mamma Mia! It’s first come, first served though so make sure you beat the crowds.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a little cycling event going on in Leeds later this year…they’re calling it Le Grand Depart. Ilkley Literature Festival seem to have picked up on it and have put on a series of events called Cycling Words to celebrate. Most of these events are towards the end of the month.
Big Bookend, the ‘rock festival for words,’ is even bigger this year. I’ll be away when it’s on over the weekend of the 7th and 8th June, but if I were here I’d be going to A Time for Crime, Passions and Pressures: Young Women in Fiction, and because it would be rude not to, An Audience with Alan Bennett. As an ex-Chapeltown resident, I think I’d also enjoy Max Farrar: Where is Chapeltown and what does it do?
My last event isn’t in Leeds but sounded a bit too interesting to ignore! The Unofficial Histories conference is now in its third year, and will be held at the University of Huddersfield on the 7th and 8th June. It’s a conference dedicated to exploring the way history is recorded and reported, and investigating alternative stories. Try this Culture Vultures post to learn more.
I think that’s it for now, folks. Shout out in the comments if there’s anything cool that I’ve missed and please let me know if you go to any of these events – I always like to hear how things go.