Mandela events take Leeds by storm

Nils Burwitz with the artwork

Nils Burwitz with the artwork

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A week of events celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela will culminate in the public screening of footage of the president’s visit to Leeds.

Celebrate Mandela will run until Wednesday April 30 – when the big screen at Millennium Square will play footage from Mandela’s visit to Leeds in 2001, when he was presented with the Freedom of the City.

Many of the events scheduled received a Celebrate Mandela grant from Leeds City Council. The week was launched with the unveiling of prints at Leeds City Museum commemorating South Africa’s first black president.

Events continue across the city today – with food and crafts at ARC in Ash Road from 11am to 6pm, an African extravaganza being held from 2pm to 4pm at Mandela Centre, on Chapeltown Road and a unity event with African-style fashions, food and music, taking place at St Edmond’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Road from 4pm to 10pm.

Tomorrow grafitti artists will create a portrait of Mandela in Trinity Shopping Centre and a celebration of Mandela and the Rainbow Nation will be held at Leeds West Indian Centre, on Laycock Place, Chapeltown, from 3pm to 5pm.

Other events are planned for Monday and Tuesday – visit www.leedsinspired.co.uk/celebrate-mandela for more information.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, council leader, said: “The Celebrate Mandela events held in Leeds show our real appreciation of someone who stands out as one of the greatest leaders.”