Monday, 28 May 2012
Caption: The Breeze International Youth Festival returns this week
A night of comedy is on the menu as the Breeze International Youth Festival returns to Leeds this week featuring a brand new event.
Now in its 17th year, the biggest arts festival for young people in West Yorkshire sees a range of events and activities taking place at locations across the city centre over 12 days from Wednesday 30 May to Sunday 10 June.
Organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team working with organisations such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Phoenix Dance and Leeds Grand Theatre, the festival showcases new work developed by young people for young people including workshops, exhibitions and performances.
New for this year is an under-19s comedy night to be held at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 1 June. With comedy nights often being held in bars making them difficult for young people to access, this event has been specifically designed with that in mind offering the chance to see some cutting-edge stand-up in a different environment. For any budding comedians there will be a workshop before the show where young people will get a chance to learn stand-up skills and try them out.
This year’s festival programme has again been co-ordinated by the Breeze Festival Management Team, a group of young people who meet regularly to look at all aspects of event management and marketing.
Returning favourites include BIYF Live! on Briggate on the June 2 with an open-air stage and live music, dance and art activities. The management team attended the Amp Awards at the O2 Academy and along with overall winners Aftermath, they have chosen Apathetic Excuse as the ‘Breeze Choice’ band to perform at the event. On the evening of Saturday 9 June the attention switches to The Carriageworks, with performances of music and dance by young people from Rodillian School, Dazl (recently seen on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire) and Ascendance Rep.
Activities and workshops will be taking place every day during the festival covering music, dance, art, theatre, film and comedy, with the majority free or discounted for those with a Breezecard.
Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:
“The Breeze International Youth Festival is one of the highlight events of the year for young people in Leeds and provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the young talent we have in the city as well as offering the chance to try new things. This year’s festival is sure to be another fun event.”
For the full programme of festival events and activities, and also details of how to book tickets, visit the website at www.breezeleeds.org/biyf.
Notes to editors:
Breeze International Youth Festival is run by Leeds City Council’s arts development team. The Arts Development team create opportunities for people to take part in the cultural life of their city, leading the way through the arts.
• Event photographs are available on request. Please contact Mo Rowlands
• Press reviewers and photographers are welcome to attend the festival. If you would like to cover the festival, please contact Mo Rowlands in advance to arrange appropriate access.
• To help festivalgoers plan their week, Leeds City Council has produced a full colour brochure, containing information about all the projects, a full schedule of events, a map and venue, discounts and booking information. A downloadable programme are available at www.breezeleeds.org/BIYF
For media enquiries please contact
Mo Rowlands , Leeds City Council arts development team, 0113 2476419
Posted by Leeds City Council press office at 11:14