Leeds today: YSP, volunteerism, pubs, terminalia, Carmen, Digital Fest, and French cinema.

Morning! It may be wet but it is THURSDAY already! Short, short week. Today is all about the happy here on BGL.

There’s a Volunteering event at the Civic Hall tonight; from Healthy Living Network‘s Steph Lloyd:

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. In Leeds, we are holding a celebration event on 7th June 2012 from 5-7pm in the Banqueting Suite of Leeds Civic Hall to thank all our wonderful Volunteers for their time and commitment. Organisations from all across the city will be bringing their volunteers along and showcasing their work, as well as advertising their volunteering opportunities to potential new volunteers.

Last year’s Leeds Digital Festival was a huge hit and we wrote about it a lot here on BGL; this year’s festival is starting to get rolling and the first big thing is the design day for the festival’s “look” on Saturday. If you’re tempted to have a go at coming up with the Identity and Branding for LDF2012 then sign up, pop along and get involved.

In charity news, West Riding resident Dave Graham is cycling 100km in London at the weekend to raise money for Practical Action. I know how hard he’s worked at getting fit for this ride, so wish him well!

We love the markets here at BGL Towers, and we’re also big fans of opera. So just how excited did we get when we found out that there will be performances of (presumably highlights from) Carmen at Kirkgate Market today and tomorrow? Answer: very. If you can do, pop in and see this.

Leeds academic & blogger Penny Goodman takes us on a walk around the 15th century boundaries of Leeds, by trying to find the bar stones. This is fascinating stuff, all about psychogeography, historical markers, the impact living in a city has on its own space. Brilliant and well worth reading.

Also in the “going exploring” category, Neil from Eating isn’t Cheating takes a bike ride and finds some hidden pubs along the canal. He does the hard work so we don’t have to. Except he doesn’t tell us where they are. Dang.

The teeny tiny cinema at Armley Mills has a showing of Le Herisson on the 28th June. A classic of modern French cinema, this will be a fun evening at Minicine if you’re a fan of the genre, or the book it’s based on (The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a popular book last year).

A bit further afield, the Wensleydale creamery is applying for PGI status. Like the AOC mark in France, this means only cheese made in the appropriate dale can be called Wensleydale.

Coming up at the YSP is a retrospective look at Anish Kapoor, starting on June 16th. This is fascinating stuff and we’re really excited about it.

And that’s it for today. Mark will be with you tomorrow, and then I’m back on Monday. As always, if you have anything you’d like us to take a look at then send it on, we love reading about the things the people of Leeds and West Yorkshire know are important. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

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