Leeds’s reputation as one of the most exciting cities in the UK for the arts is to take a step up a notch with the announcement of the return of the RECON Festival.
Described as a “festival of experimental and innovative music, film and art”, it will take place at various venues around Leeds next month.
After a successful launch last year the acts and activity so far announced included performances as diverse as Ghanaian kologo player King Ayisoba, the North East’s greatest avant-folk troubadour Richard Dawson and cellist Lori Goldston who famously collaborated with Nirvana.
“This year’s festival is shaping up to be even more packed than last years’ says Andy Abbott, one of the directors and Fellow in Music at University of Bradford.
“We’re really lucky to have so much good stuff being done by good people in the region that we can draw upon for RECON and I hope people will treat the festival as an opportunity to take risks on art and music that they might find challenging or unfamiliar.
“It’s definitely a broad and diverse programme.”
Also featured in this edition will be an exhibition and screening of films by celebrated Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan at the University of Bradford’s Gallery II.
Elsewhere artist Yvonne Carmichael is organising an event that promises to exist at the crossroads of a Silent Disco, underground gig, sound installation and movement-based participative performance. Artist films that treat pop music as found material will be the focus of a programme put together by The Illuminated Room including works by Kenneth Anger, Pipilotti Rist, and Derek Jarman. Grants from both Arts Council England and Leeds Inspired have allowed to commission new works, events and collaborations.
Last year’s inaugural festival was headlined by Leeds post-punk legends Gang of Four, as well as well-regarded psychedelic rock band Hookworms.
VENUES INVOLVED IN RECON
Among the list of venues participating across Leeds and Bradford in this years’ RECON Festival are:
- Howard ASSEMBLY ROOM
- Brudenell SOCIAL CLUB
- Delius ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE
- Wharf CHAMBERS CO-OP CLUB
- Hyde PARK PICTURE HOUSE
- The 1 IN 12 CLUB
- Victoria GARDENS
- Gallery II (University of Bradford)
- Fuse ART SPACE
- Leeds WEST INDIAN CENTRE
- The TETLEY
Events take place at from Thursday September 18 to Monday September 29.
Details can be found the festival’s dedicated site at www.reconfest.co.uk.