Festivals across Leeds offer a host of fun, arts and imagination

Dance company from India - Adishakti - who performed at a previous Ludus Festival.
Dance company from India - Adishakti - who performed at a previous Ludus Festival.
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TWO arts festivals are taking place across Leeds with the aim of play and fun in mind.

The Ludus Festival, starting on Saturday, will feature some interesting performances and interactive events across the city.

And the Transform Festival starts tonight at The West Yorkshire Playhouse and features four days of performances, adventures and experiences.

In the fourth Transform annual festival and features performance from Hannah Bruce & Company, Leeds-based theatre maker Selina Thompson and Chris Goode and Company.

Meanwhile, Ludus is to be held at various venues, with a medieval feel to it, and will include performances, installations and workshops - as well as an opportunity for conversation and creating time to think.

Highlights will include a life boat which will be docked in the middle of Cross Flatts Park in Beeston, from April 3-5 and filled with swinging hammocks where people will be encouraged to take time to sit and think.

The events, some taking place over the next few months, are being organised by the School of performance and Cultural industries at the University of Leeds.

Mick Wallis, professor of performance and culture, said: “Ludus means play. We want this to be playful, and an opportunity for people to try to be playful. The idea is based on medieval style festivals, with four venues in the north, east, south and west of the city.”

He said another highlight of the festival included a shipping container tank being installed at Bramley Baths, where crowds don’t have to get wet as they watch a diver twist and turn and perform under water, through a side window. Emma Critcheley’s Aria event runs at the baths from Saturday, March 29 through until April 2.

More details about events are at www.ludusfestival.org and www.wyp.org.uk.


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