Leeds International Festival ‘to get even bigger’

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Leeds International Festival will be even bigger and more ambitious in 2018, according to organisers.

The first-ever LIF took place earlier this year and proved a huge success with 35 events from music, film and technology taking place over nine days across various city venues.

Attractions included performances by the Pigeon 
Detectives and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man as well as the premiere 
of a new film about Leeds United.

Individuals, groups and organisations now have the opportunity to help shape the 2018 programme with an open call to submit ideas on new content for next year’s event.

LIF secured the backing of big industry names, collaborating with Sky, BBC and Screen Yorkshire as well as many major city centre retailers and venues which stepped forward to host events.

Plans are now in the pipeline for the 2018 spectacle, which is scheduled to run over an extended two-week period, from April 28 until May 12, 2018.

Andrew Cooper, Chair of LIF and Chief Executive of LeedsBID, said: “LIF17 was a huge success, showing the creative talent and cultural diversity Leeds has to offer the world.

“The unique and innovative approach we took in creating LIF17 delivered a broad, eclectic mix of events from high art, to family friendly to some of the most innovative tech speakers in the world and the biggest names in British music this year.

“From such a strong start we now want to build LIF18 to be even bigger, even better and bring more profile, engagement and success to our great city.”

To find out more, visit the website at leedsinternationalfestival.com.