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The biggest arts festival for young people in West Yorkshire is due to start today after being planned and managed with the help of a group of teenagers.

Organisers say the Breeze Arts Festival, which boasts more than 40 events over eight days, and runs from until July 30, will be bigger than ever.

The aim of the festival is to give young people a platform to showcase their talents and has been planned, managed and programmed with the help of a group aged between 13 and 19. They chose events for the festival that they felt will appeal to young people with lots of different interests.

Activities on offer include creative workshops in libraries, arts exhibitions by young people, film screenings and live performances.

This year the group have organised their own event – Breeze Young Creatives: Live @ Trinity Leeds, which will showcase some of the best young performers from Leeds.

The group have chosen the acts who will perform at this event and will compere and stage manage the event themselves.

Under the Owls, a free live music event for teenagers, will take place in Kirkgate Market’s new event space with performances throughout the week, in partnership with East Street Arts and Leeds Beckett University.

The festival is free although there are some festival fringe events that have a charge. Events take place all over the city; in libraries, Trinity Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Kirkgate Market and Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds city council leader Judith Blake said of the event: “It’s an opportunity to bring together many of the city’s creative organisations and work together with them to create a unique offering for the young people of Leeds.”

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