Leeds today: Art Fair, SLATE, Skelton Grange, Adel Players, Blofeld, performing, Harrison, and recipes.

Hello everyone, Naziya here with the start of the week’s events and I’d like to start with a personal call-out:

Leeds Art Fair, the charity that aims to bring original art to people who don’t usually go to galleries and art shows and to support and encourage emerging artists are looking for new volunteers and members to keep the initiative going.

At the last Art Fair, held in the Light, 60% of the purchases were made by people buying original art for the first time.  They are also planning to set up an annual art prize, giving an opportunity of exposure to emerging artists in Leeds. So if you think you might like to help and develop future activities, come to an Open Meeting to be held in the function room of the Victoria Hotel, Leeds (behind the Town Hall) at 6.00 p.m. tonight. Those of you who are interested but can’t make the meeting can contact David Cove by e-mail (d.j.cove@leeds.ac.uk).

If you’re local to Beeston Road and were interested in our recent post about the no stripping studio in Birds Yard, then you’ll be delighted to hear that they have teamed up with SLATE to offer furniture brightening workshops at the Feel Good Café this Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Teacher’s favourite, Skelton Grange Conservation centre is celebrating 20,000 people visiting their access to nature programme in South Leeds. As well as providing brilliant natural world education programmes for schools, its volunteer programme and green gym scheme are there for you to get fit and environmentally informed.

A dramatically upgraded Memorial Hall in Adel, the home of the Adel players, will showcase their new play, Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’. Go and see them between the 24th and 27th of April and enjoy the new facilities. On a larger scale, ‘BBC cricket legends’ Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter are at City Varieties Music Hall on Wednesday April 24th with a new humorous show detailing their exploits in the commentary box over the last 40 years and a heads- up that the Leeds Grand will have a two week run of West End bound, The Full Monty, in May.

The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery have an exhibition entitled Jewish Artists in Yorkshire, ‘forming part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Leeds Jewish community’ which started a few months ago. You will also be interested to know that Leeds will be hosting the International Jewish Performing Arts Festival in June. Including, comedy, dance, and drama and divided between the Leeds College of Music and the Northern Ballet, the schedule of events looks very good indeed.

The Leeds Young film festival attracted 4000 film goers, the winners of the Leeds Young Filmmaker Golden Owls Awards have been announced too.

In more book talk, there’s news that Tony Harrison (author of V), will be back in Leeds to headline the Leeds Big Bookend festival in June. Billed as ‘a rock festival with words’, this event is closely focused on writing in Leeds and has events in various locations including Leeds Central Library, Leeds Church Institute and Waterstones,(which you can book for now). The Big Bookend aims to ‘uncover a new generation of Leeds Writers by searching for 20 of the best writers under the age of 40 in Leeds’: submission for entries is open now.

The YEP has an interesting article featuring early 19th century recipes which have been compiled from West Yorkshire Archive service records. You can buy these recipes from their online shop or book yourself onto a day course to find out more about your area or family.

Finally, now Easter is out of the way, your local colleges are opening their doors again: book yourself onto evening or daytime short term and fascinating arts, learning or lifestyle courses (which are totally free if you are in receipt of certain benefits). I have three starting, three! That’ll keep me busy. See you on Wednesday!

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