DOZENS of independent artists are set to transform the Corn Exchange in Leeds into an oasis for culture vultures and Christmas shoppers.
The second annual free Showcase Spectacular event starts tomorrow with attractions at more than 80 galleries and stalls ranging from cinema and music to arts and crafts.
A 25-strong flash mob dance group will entertain visitors and a performance artist will mingle with the crowds over the weekend at the city centre landmark building.
Event co-organiser John Slemensek said more than 15,000 people came to the Corn Exchange for last year’s event.
Mr Slemensek, who used to run the former JuJu Shop in the Corn Exchange and now works as a cultural events organiser, said more than 200 artists from Leeds and beyond will be represented this weekend.
He added: “This year’s event will be even bigger. We have got twice as many artists’ stalls.
“Last year we were just in the basement, but this year we have got the top floor at the Corn Exchange as well.
“We realised with the success of last year’s event that it was an amazing display of the culture of the city.
“We want to promote independent business and the people who set up their own creative enterprises.”
Mr Slemensek added: “Everyone is welcome to come and experience something they will not be used to in retail.
“The building will be transformed into a showroom with art and live performance.”
Among arts and crafts on display will be hand crafted jewellery, photography and sculpture.
There will be a pop-up cinema from Chronovision and exhibitions and galleries featured at the event will include Basement Arts Project, Leeds Art Party and Arts & Minds Network Artists.
The Showcase Spectacular will run from 10am to midnight tomorrow and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.
For more information about this weekend’s free event, go to www.showcasespectacular.com.'