Leeds today: culture special; No/Gloss, Robbie, pianos, volunteers, Dench, Kirkstall

Hello all, Joe here again. Today’s round-up celebrates the various artistic expressions the great city of Leeds has on offer for you. A relatively ‘classy’ overview of available culture happening right now. Plenty to get your head round this time so get a pen ready to mark those diaries!

On the 8th and 9th of September, Leeds gets a brand new film festival in the shape of No/Gloss. Exclusively an outlet for short filmmakers to show what they’re made of; the festival features shorts from as near as Bradford, or as far as Italy or even Canada. There’s some real talent on display here and the official selection provides an impressive amount of diversity. Get down to Wharf Chambers to show your support.

Robbie Williams will surely set some hearts on fire once again as it was announced he’ll be returning to Leeds O2 Academy on September 11th, a venue he last played in 1997.

Slightly more highbrow in the musical department now, as Besbrode Pianos begin their exhibition charting the history of one of the world’s most emotive and powerful instruments. Beginning today until September 16th, the exhibit features 21 historic pianos of significant relevance within Europe

Besbode Pianos are proud parters of The Leeds International Piano Competition, which kicks off its first stage today at The Great Hall of Leeds University. As a winner is eventually whittled down, the talented ivory player will be announced at the competition’s final which is hosted at Leeds Town Hall.

We all wish we could help each other out more, don’t we? The most common excuse, more often than not is a lack of free time. With a new approach to charity work taking Leeds by storm there’s no longer room for cover stories anymore as ‘Micro Volunteering’ is now the future. (ed’s note: brilliant.)

An unmissable exhibition being held at White Cloth Gallery marks photographer Peter Dench’s ode to Britain. Starting in 1998, Dench travelled the country to poke his nose in and open his eyes to what the country has to offer, resulting in a hilariously personal and revealing look at this much loved land. Proceeds go to St. Gemma’s Hospice.

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to experience the Procession of Kirkstall Abbey by the artist Shaeron Caton-Rose. The project which comes to a close on September 3rd saw Caton-Rose creating phenomenal dramatic pieces of expressive work in one of the best preserved monasteries in the country. Drawing influence from the rich history of the site, it’s well worth checking Procession out for a dynamic slice of Leeds culture.

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