Leeds today: dragons, Ince, baths, ballet, street art, catalyst, OWUW, foodie quiz.

Morning! Mike again. Sorry it’s a bit late.

A documentary featuring Northern Ballet is to be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 26 May at 8.15pm. ‘Arts Troubleshooter’ is a two-part series which sees arts expert Michael Lynch at two unique English arts organisations facing serious challenges. The first programme in the series follows Michael’s work with Northern Ballet in Leeds. Could be interesting.

More details about what is coming up this weekend as part of Overworlds & Underworlds; Made in Yorkshire has a look at what’s going on in the Country Arcade in the city centre. It’s all starting to look awfully exciting.

Break out the fizz! Bramley Baths is now a community-owned facility! This long-running campaign to keep the baths open has had lots of local support and the results will be hopefully worth it. Well done, guys.

North Leeds News is reporting on a group from Yorkshire Air Ambulance attempting to break the ‘Longest marathon playing five-a-side football record’ to raise funds for the helicopter service. The crew and their families are are looking to raise £7,200, the cost of a day’s flying, but hope to exceed that. We wish them well.

Also on NLN are details on this year’s Dragon Boat race in Roundhay Park, raising money for Martin House. This is always great fun to watch!

On Culture Vultures are two very different articles; firstly, Robin Ince is coming to Otley to talk about science. We quite like Robin at BGL, and he’s a very funny, ranty chap. Should bea good gig (but read the review!). Secondly, Bradfordian blogger Irna Qureshi talks about how chickens make great pets. They do, it’s true. Entertaining, with personalities – and you get the eggs, too. Well worth reading.

We’d like to congratulate East Street Arts on being successful in their Catalyst application. Catalyst is ACE’s way of trying to get arts orgs to be more successful in private sector investment and represents a three year project for ESA – well done, chaps.

Speaking of Art, there’s a street art exhbition going down at Dock St Market next month. Dock St is becoming the boozy cafe to be at the moment.

Finally, as part of Leeds Loves Food, social enterprise restaurant Create on King St is running a foodie quiz on sat 26th. Anybody want to get a team up? By the way, if you have an event on at LLF we’d love to hear from you.

Short and sweet today; Mark will bring you Friday’s news as per usual, we have a Friday Comment from Minicine then Tom is back on Monday. Cheerio!

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