Leeds today: art, art, and booze.

Hello everyone! Joe here, bringing you the little morsels of recent news and events.

With the country in a state of panic over imminent flooding perhaps the last word you’d like to hear is festival. With these two, however, the wellies won’t be necessary and you can definitely leave the tent at home. First is the Ilkley Literature Festival which features more workshops and discussion groups with guest speakers and authers than you could possibly fill your time with. There will undoubtedly be some professionals/industry insiders looking to the future of literature in the wake of the e-book.

Back from the success of last year’s event, the Love Arts Festival are back with new partnerships in the NHS Foundation Trust and Arts And Minds Network. Looking to use the effect of art to help enrich the care of people within the health and social care sectors. This wonderful festival will look to open doors for many people.

Artist Ewen Spencer has an interesting exhibition starting on the 4th October at White Cloth Gallery. The remarkably candid photos on display get right to the core of today’s youth culture, revealing some embarrassing moments with other more touching or worrying one to great effect. Spenser’s interest in the social rituals of youth culture is one shared by many and here he looks to have made an impact with his snapshot of young life.

To go along with Spencer’s booze-infused exhibition is something else which not only greatly effects youths but everyone who likes a drink on a night out. Counterfeit alcohol has been a problem rising to the public’s attention for some time now, but this shocking report show’s to what extent the problem has made its mark in Leeds. Trading Standards seized 600 bottles of counterfeit vodka in an unidentified nightclub, just another addition to the already specified 15 million units seized in the UK since the millennium. The battle with the bottle carries on.

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