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The flood is coming...


Photo credit: Tom Arber

The weekend we have been building towards is nearly upon us and signs of the coming of OverWorlds & UnderWorlds are springing up around our city, in particular a giant tree with a ship wrecked boat emerging up from Briggate.  With this as an example, I am looking forward to the city being full of activities from 5pm this Friday to 5pm this Sunday, 18th – 20th May.

Here are a few of the different stories already emerging about this free event for young to the old:

Last Sunday saw the long awaited Wykebeck Art Trail, part of an education programme that has been funded by Leeds Canvas. The Long Way Home Art Trail came about through a project Space2 have been working on with the inhabitants of Seacroft and Gipton, along with Yorkshire Dance and various local artists. Taking inspiration from the Quay Brothers ideas for Leeds, in particular the theme of flow, they used the trail as on opportunity to reimagine and rediscover their home of East Leeds. Watch Emma Goodway from Space2, Kate Ferris Neely from Yorkshire Dance and sound artist Kevin Hickson explain.

Our own Opera North Children’s Chorus has been hard at work in preparation for the weekend, I’ve seen them wandering through the building in mysterious black cloaks. From 7-13 years old, they create an impressive mass and passers-by in Leeds will certainly feel their presence when they erupt from the County Arcade on Friday. We managed to get a sneak peak into rehearsals to discover a bit more.

Northern Ballet’s Daniel de Andrade has been choreographing dance for the event to Gavin Bryars’ music, specially commissioned for OverWorlds & UnderWorlds. Creating dance for the Dark Arches, such an unusual space, has forced de Andrade and the dancers from Northern Ballet to approach the choreography in a radical and exciting way. Watch Daniel de Andrade explain what you can expect from their contribution to the weekend.

OverWorlds & UnderWorlds is a three day free multi-venue event – with live performances of dance, film, sculpture and music flooding the street of Leeds city centre. Join us at Briggate, County Arcade or in the Dark Arches and collect a map on arrival.

Dates & Times

Friday 18th May 5-9pm

County Arcade Performances at 5pm and 7pm, the Arches are open between 5pm and 9pm.

Saturday 19th May 2-9pm

County Arcade Performances at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm, the Arches are open between 4pm and 9pm.

Sunday May 20th 2-5pm

County Arcade Performance at 2pm and 3.15pm, the Arches are open between 2pm and 5pm.

Remember, whatever your plans this weekend, make time to watch Leeds reimagine itself through OverWorlds & UnderWorlds.

Keep informed by following @OW_UW, #owuw and you can also watch the event live at www.overworldsandunderworlds.com


Hannah Stockton

Press & PR Assistant 


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