Made In England
Made in England: Leeds
The city of Leeds has more than its fair share of festivals and cultural attractions...
As one of the North’s most dominant and influential cities, Leeds has plenty of arts to keep even the most cultured happy. Museums, theatres and arts galleries feature, as well as a number of prestigious festivals - including music, dance and film.
Alfred Austin, Poet Laureate 1896, was from Leeds. His poetry was topical and often showed a love of the English countryside and nature. Playwright Alan Bennett and poet Tony Harrison are also from the area.
Leeds Festival - Photo: Nick Pickles
The Leeds Festival is held every summer in Bramham Park - featuring some of the biggest names in rock and indie. Musically the city is undergoing something of a renaissance, with acts like Kaiser Chiefs, Corinne Bailey Rae and independent label Dance to the Radio making their mark.
Leeds is the only city outside London to have both its own opera and ballet companies – the Opera North (based in the Grand Theatre) and Northern Ballet Theatre.
The city also has an internationally recognised film festival; the Leeds International Film Festival - which is the largest film festival outside London. Within the festival is the Leeds Young People's Film Festival, which features films made both for and by children and young people.
Made in England
Made in England is a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people - is expressed through creative and artistic forms.
Think about the Lake District - dramatic and elegant, the lush greens and icy blues depicting an unspoilt England. William Wordsworth was so inspired by the landscape he wrote poems, sonnets and ballads dedicated to it.
Non-traditional art is just as important to recognise - graffiti on the streets, estates built in the Sixties, and even regional accents. Does this architecture, history and culture inspire you to think of all things English?
If you’re bursting with enthusiasm at the thought of creating something - why don’t you see how you can get involved? Visit the main Made in England site to find out how you can get your creative juices flowing.
last updated: 14/04/2008 at 16:09