Final weekend of festival

The Wedding Present
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The Wedding Present will herald the end of this year’s Morley Arts Festival.

The veteran Leeds indie rock band will play a 90-minute set at Alexandra Hall, Morley Town Hall, on Sunday bringing 17 days of music, art, spoken word, performance and special events to a close.

Music lovers can also enjoy support from Leeds-based The Velveteens, a five-piece Rock ‘n’ Roll band inspired by the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Led by chairman, Councillor Judith Elliott, Morley Arts Festival is now in its 11th year, attracting audiences from across the region and beyond. It was a literature festival until 2015.

Festival director Ella Wild said: “We are delighted to have been working with a wide range of artists and local venues to present a packed programme of over 30 events - from workshops to spoken word, live music to performance – we hope there’s something for everyone to enjoy over the final weekend.”

Kicking off the final weekend of the festival today is a Motown Tribute Show.

Award-winning folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow will grace the stage at the Alexandra Hall tomorrow to perform tracks from their ground-breaking album The Hum as well as from their critically-acclaimed new album, Shadows.

Morley cycling legend Beryl Burton will also be celebrated as part of the event as O’Hooley & Tidow perform and talk about their song Beryl, inspired by Maxine Peake’s play about the cyclist. Young children aged 18 months to six years old can enjoy a Northern Ballet workshop tomorrow focusing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears while a Flash Fiction workshop will offer adults advice on how to write a story in 500 or 50 words or even in a sentence.

Emily Turner, an outreach worker with the Basis Sex Work Project, who support sex workers in the managed zone in Holbeck. Picture Tony Johnson.

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