Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Tea dance of memories in Civic Hall

A tea dance is being hosted for people with dementia and their carers and loved ones this week in Civic Hall.

Leeds City Council and the Alzheimer’s Society are hosting the Tea Dance of Memories in Civic Hall on Friday 24 September, with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jim McKenna opening the event at 12 noon.

The opening will be followed by a buffet lunch and then dancing. There will be live music throughout the afternoon provided by Terry Wadkin, and prizes for the best dressed couple, the best dancers and many more.

Dancing is a fantastic social activity for people living with dementia and their loved ones. By dancing to music that is familiar to them, people living with dementia are able to experience rich emotional and cognitive reactions making them feel calm and relaxed.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Jim McKenna said:
“This event is a great opportunity for people suffering with dementia to have fun dancing and spending time with family, friends and carers.

“Dancing is a fantastic way for people with dementia to relax and enjoy themselves, due to the experiences and reactions they feel from music.

I hope everyone who attends has a fantastic time, and I look forward to seeing who gets crowned best dressed and best dancer.”

Lisa McAvan, dementia support manager for the Leeds Alzheimer’s Society said:

"The Tea Dance of Memories is the first of its type to be organised and funded by Leeds City Council and the Leeds Alzheimer's Society. It has been an ambitious project that we have jointly undertaken. We hope the tea dance will be a great success and recreate many happy memories for all who attend."


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Party without pollution winners ride off with their prizes

Children and young people who went to this year’s Breeze on Tour not only had great fun trying out the new inflatables, they also demonstrated their green credentials by taking part in two eco-competitions.

The children who took on the green challenges are being rewarded for their efforts at a special prize-giving ceremony today (Wednesday 22 September).

Attendees at the ‘Party without Pollution’ were invited to take part in two competitions to encourage them to think more about eco-friendly modes of transport and the impact transport has on the environment.

The winners of the ‘CO2 hunt’ will receive their prizes at a special ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall today. The three winners will each receive a scooter. Entrants went on a transport treasure hunt around the Breeze events, to identify the amount of CO2 emissions for each mode of transport.

The winners were:
Louis Detchon, 5, Manston St James Primary School;
Daniel Harvisty, 10, Victoria Primary School and;
Oliver Perrin, 8, Westgate Primary School

Winners of the CO2 hunt will be awarded their scooters by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jim McKenna and the Lady Mayoress, Cllr Andrea McKenna at the Blue Room in Leeds Civic Hall.

Over a thousand children also designed bright and interesting bikes with lights, flowers reflectors etc. in the ‘bling a bike’ competition. Reminding them that the bike is a fun and eco-friendly way to get to out and about around the city as well as to school. Each winning child got a £10 High Street gift voucher.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member responsible for development, including transport policy, said:
“Children are becoming much more aware of the impact our daily lives have on the environment. These competitions are a great way to show children that reducing the amount of CO2 being released can be easy and fun, just by changing they mode of transport they use.”

As well as taking part the competitions revellers at the ‘party without pollution’ found out just how much energy is needed to power the essential ingredients for any party - sound system, games console, TV and lights, by hooking them up to three bike generators. The party-goers had to keep pedaling to provide a constant supply of energy.

Councillor Judith Blake executive member responsible for children’s services said:“Breeze on tour this year really had something for everyone. These competitions and the ‘party without pollution’ were fun to take part in but also helped the children think more about what they can do to be more eco-friendly.”

Leeds City Council’s travelwise team also attended the Breeze on Tour events to give advice on cycle and walking routes, and car sharing across the city.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Expression Arts Festival 2010

Saturday 25 September, 12noon - 4pm
David Young Community Academy, Bishop's Way, Seacroft, LS14 6NU
Admission free

Saturday 25 September sees the launch of the second instalment of the vibrant Seacroft community Expression Arts Festival, at the David Young Community Academy. Featuring an array of exciting activities, ranging from dance studios, open mics, junk percussion and live bands through to circus, stilt walkers and cheerleading workshops Expression Arts Festival promises to be a jam-packed day for children and young people in the local area

Supported by Find Your Talent, Seacroft Manston Children and Young Peoples Partnership, and organised by Space2, the event is a culmination of six months of rehearsals, workshops and creative learning in and around the Seacroft and Manston areas. Three hundred local young people have taken part in the preparations for Expression Arts Festival.

Based around the concept of ‘HMS Expression’ the nautical-themed festival will hold a ship’s crew and pirates and stowaways causing mischief. So visitors will be invited to come aboard, pick up their passports and explore the ships:

· ‘Theatre Space’ – The Elastic Band Orchestra, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of The Worm Collector , Parklands Dance, Seacroft Film Factory’s premiere, East Leeds Youth Theatre, and Connect Housing’s Junk Percussion Orchestra and many more will be performing.

· ‘Canteen’ – Leeds performance poet Michelle Scally Clarke and Stella Litras will host West Yorkshire Playhouse’s ‘First Cut is the Deepest’ open mic sessions featuring young people from the Seacroft area.

· ‘Dance Studio’ – check out DAZL’s cheerleading squad, and pilates workshops.

· Wicker-making sessions and Leeds’ Children’s Circus outside throughout the day.

· Market stalls, a smoothie-making bicycle, interactive stalls, and a visual arts exhibition.

· East Leeds FM radio broadcasting live all day.

Throughout the festival, Seacroft Film Factory will film a documentary of the day, hosting a Big Brother style diary room in a garden shed, as well as showing their films in the Seacroft Film Factory cinema .

From 7-10pm East Leeds FM will host 'Next Generation', a live music event where local up and coming band Hope and Social will play alongside some of the best emerging bands from around Leeds. Tickets are £3 each and are available from Jumbo or Crash Records (50p booking fee) or . No tickets available on the door. Age 11 – 18

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive board member for leisure commented:
“This vibrant art festival is an exciting event that will inspire young people across the Seacroft and Manston areas of East Leeds. As the programme has been developed by children and young people through workshops and schools in the local area, it will display the wide range of creativity and performing skills that our young people have to offer.”

Festival manager Emma Tregidden, of Space2, said:
“Expression Arts Festival gives children and young people from Seacroft and Manston the chance to create showcase their artwork, dance, music, drama and films that they have been working so hard on since June with a range of artists. Expression Arts Festival day is a fantastic opportunity for all ages to celebrate this work, and also have a go at a wide range of artistic and creative activities, and have a fun and exciting day out”

For media enquiries please contact:Sally Brown, PR Consultant, Space2 on 07950 870864 or email

Notes to editors:
Free Parking plus the Expression shuttle minibus will be running from 11.45am to 4pm, see signs for pick up points in Seacroft Manston.

Event Partners: Space2, Seacroft Manston Children & Young Peoples Partnership, Leeds City Council , West Yorkshire Playhouse Touring Company, Children’s University, Breeze Leeds, NHS Leeds, ELFM, David Young Community Academy

Full line-up of acts:
East Leeds FM
Hope and Social
First Cut Open Mic with Michelle Scally Clarke
Worm Collector
Junk Percussion
Stilt Walkers
Elastic Band Orchestra
Mini Cinema featuring premier of Seacroft Film Factory’s films
East Leeds Youth Theatre
DAZL Cheerleading
Dance Studio
Children’s University
Wicker Making
Leeds Children’s Circus
Interactive Stalls
Smoothie Making Bicycles
Big Brother Diary Shed
East Feast Open Mic

Additional Information:

Find Your Talent was a national programme that offered children and young people regular involvement with arts and culture both in and out of school. It looked at ways of helping young people discover new things, express themselves, develop a passion and make the most of their talent. This included music, art, film, theatre, dance, digital media and exploring libraries, museums and heritage.

Leeds was one of ten Find Your Talent pathfinder areas in England and was selected from over 140 initial applications. It aimed to develop new partnerships between the arts, education, heritage, voluntary and youth sectors and provided cultural opportunities for young people aged 0-19 across the city.

For information on the Find Your Talent pathfinder visit; or

Space2 Leeds is a not for profit organisation using creativity and community involvement to effect positive change and improve outcomes for deprived communities and vulnerable individuals. This is achieved through a combination of creative approaches to current provision; adding projects that are person-centred, using the arts as a focus for increasing self-esteem and community cohesion; driving new and local partnerships.

For further information contact Emma Tregidden or Dawn Fuller on 0113 200 7077 or visit

The David Young Community Academy is developing a brand new community hub. Opening in October 2011, this hub will provide high quality performance space, exhibition facilities, a home for the Children’s University as well as for Army Cadets, Air Force Cadets and a Scout Troop. It will also become an operational base for a number of frontline community services such as the police, health advisory services, youth services and social care to provide quick, easy and personal access to these vital local services.

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Masterplan launched for redevelopment of Leeds’ southern gateway

Leeds City Council are asking the public for their views on a proposed masterplan for the southern gateway of the city centre which could provide over 20,000 new jobs and a new city centre park.

The Draft Leeds South Bank Planning Statement was approved by the council’s executive board in July and has now been published for official public consultation.

Over the past year, the council has been working with landowners to develop a long term vision for the area south of the river, which is an important ‘gateway’ to Leeds and a prime location for regeneration, business investment and job creation.

Now people have until the 13 October 2010 to comment on the proposals before a further report is presented to the council’s executive board on the outcome of the consultation. A final version of the Draft Leeds South Bank Planning Statement will then be produced and adopted later this year as planning guidance for all future development in that part of the city.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member responsible for city development, said:

“It is expected that this area of the city centre, from Victoria Lane to Crown Point Road, is likely to change significantly in the next few years and we want to make sure it does so in a way which creates jobs, attracts investment and builds an attractive environment for all the people of Leeds.

“At the heart of the proposal is the creation of a new city centre park which would be a fantastic new green space for residents and visitors.

“We want the public and all interested parties to look at these proposals and tell us what they think - the public’s involvement is crucial to the success of such an important document. “

The full planning statement is available from the council's development enquiry centre, at the Leonardo Building, on 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD, or people can contact tel: 0113 2224409 and request a copy or email

It is also available on the council’s website at and then search for "South Bank" or use the following link:

For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602