Leeds today: Light Night, tax, pigs, council, controversy, erotic, and the weekend ahead

Now then! Mark here again. It’s Friday, it’s October 7th, and here in Leeds it’s the one and only Light Night.

This evening the fun and games are coming to town once again, with a mesmerising array of music, dancing, art, drama, and even a spot of Donkey Kong, at venues across the city centre and beyond. See what all the fuss is about: have a look at the website, pick up a brochure in town, and take a look at journalist Liv Walker’s top tips on The Culture Vulture before heading out. Until then, I may well see you there.

In the city news this morning, more controversy over taxpayers’ money as council officials report that a new taxi rank serving Leeds Bradford Airport could cost almost £1 million.

This comes as the YEP reports that Leeds City Council’s cost-cutting programme may lead Temple Newsam’s Home Farm to have to lose more than 150 of its animals. Councillors discuss the proposals at the executive board meeting next Wednesday.

Another sign of the times as an extra 100 workers are to be recruited at the Leeds headquarters of national debt charity Consumer Credit Counselling Service as more and more people are turning to them for advice and support.

And the week wouldn’t be over without more bluster and controversy at Kirkgate Market, reported earlier in the YEP. According to the Light Night listings, a “temporal searchlight” will be illuminating the grand old market building, revealing anecdotes and pictures showcasing its history. But I don’t suppose the doors will be let open or any of the market traders at their stalls to make a sweet profit out of all those visitors walking around town tonight…

Around the community now, and it’s exciting times at South Leeds Life who are about to set up their brand new print magazine.

The council are offering you the chance to vote (big of them) on which Leeds personalities you’d like to see immortalised in steel along the new Roundhay to Wykeback cycle route. Jimi Heselden gets my vote any day.

And back at The Culture Vulture meanwhile, they really are getting hot under the collar ahead of this year’s Morley Literature Festival with their own attempt at a Mills & Boon romance. As much as I’d love to meet this ‘Adele Morley’ lady, if I manage to get my hands on a copy I suspect I won’t ever be able to look Emma Bearman in the eye again…

Light Night leads the billing for what’s coming up this weekend, but that’s by no means all.

The organisers of the Leeds West Indian Carnival are set to hold a special awards evening this Saturday celebrating the success of this year’s event.

The Yeadon Amateurs are bringing to life Noel Coward’s classic play ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Yeadon Town Hall.

Musical treats in town: ‘Great German Romantics’ sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it promises to be a feast with great baritone Florian Boesch at The Venue on Quarry Hill this Saturday as part of this year’s Leeds Lieder+ festival. Up the road, the Moscow Phil are in town with a bit of Tchaikovsky, perfect for these autumnal evenings.

When you’re done there, head up to North Bar for the climax of their Oktoberfest. And take advantage of this week’s news that a pint of beer costs on average 30p less in the north than down in that London.

Until next week, promise me you’ll have a good one – and I will too.

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One Response to Leeds today: Light Night, tax, pigs, council, controversy, erotic, and the weekend ahead

  1. Andy says:

    Nearly a million quid for a taxi rank? Traffic isn’t that bad along that road. They’d be better just increasing taxes on the airport and using that to refund drivers who incur the drop off charge. What a mess..

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