Leeds today: Jubilee, Jubilee, Commonist Gallery, old Kwik Save, volunteering, Shakespeare in Urdu, and Jubilee

It’s the start of a glorious diamond-studded weekend as we celebrate the Queen’s sixty years on the throne: a heck of a long time to be sat down, so we raise a toast to Her Madge by taking a good couple of days off work and buying Diamond Jubilee mugs and commemorative plates.

Among the festivities across Leeds are a service at the Parish Church this afternoon, processions and galas in Shadwell, Thorner and Bramham, brass bands in Calverley, a concert at the Town Hall, the lighting of our national beacon on Otley Chevin, and screenings of the big events from London at Millennium Square. For more details, check here – and let us know what you’re up to. Share if you have something planned.

East Street Arts are calling for submissions to the Commonist Gallery (aka Communist Gallery) to be shown at locations across Leeds. The Commonist Gallery is described as “a space to manifest what the idea of communism might mean today” and is looking for one minute films to be broadcast on monitors across the city and added to the Commonist YouTube channel.

South Leeds Life reports that a new owner looks set to take over at the abandoned former Kwik Save which has been empty since 2007. According to signs which have appeared this week, the building will be transformed into a supermarket/cafe/restaurant/takeaway called ‘Venus’ selling Turkish and Middle Eastern food and drink.

On Guardian Northerner, Janice Gwilliam continues her volunteering diary, working with Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network.

And finally, with the Jubilee and now with this there is a British/global fusion at work in these parts this week: Irna Qureshi blogs over on The Culture Vulture about Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ performed in Urdu at Bradford’s Kala Sangam Arts Centre.

You can’t say that your daily dose of the best local sights and sounds here on BGL doesn’t take you across the world morning after morning! So with that, have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

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