Leeds International Festival, which will take place from April 22nd-30th, will focus on three main strands: Tech, Music and Moving Image and showcase the best of what Leeds has to offer.
This year’s tech strand will celebrate future trends and the evolution of technology in Leeds. Innovative events include “Empowering Women with Tech”, a one-day conference featuring female industry leaders as diverse as Lauren Laverne, Susie Bubble and Emmy Lovell, VP of Digital for Warner Music Group.
The festival will also feature the Leeds Digital Job Fair, the launch of an exciting new experience from Tick Tock Unlock at Trinity Leeds, a huge Hey! Conference, conversations about Cyber Security and a brand-new family event called “Make, Believe – Inventing the Tech of the Future.”
Highlights of the Tech strand of the Festival include:
- “How 2016 Became the Year of the Hack – Cyber Security and what the future holds” with Dr Jessica Barker and Gary Hibberd
- “Empowering Women with Tech” one-day conference, featuring talks including Lauren Laverne, Susie Bubble, Debbie Wossack OBE and Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
- “A Day of Games” hosted by Games Republic
- “Reasons to be excited about the future of Technology” with TechCrunch’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Butcher
- “Make, Believe – inventing the tech of the future”
- “Tech Off”
Moving Image leads with a specially commissioned film about Leeds United with narration from former players Vinnie Jones and Gordon Strachan, world premiering (check) at a city centre location.
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man headlines the music strand, Live at Leeds, and a whole host of music events will happen across the week featuring acts like Wire, White Lies, Maximo Park, Pigeon Detectives, Temples and Nubiyan Twist.
Alongside music, moving image and technology, the festival will provide fashion and food-related fringe events, linking into new cultural projects like Fashion in Leeds and Leeds Indie Food.
Andrew Cooper, Chair of Leeds International Festival and LeedsBID Chief Executive, said: “There is an ambition in the city to showcase all that is great about Leeds, nationally and internationally. The LeedsBID’s business plan highlights the need to help raise the city’s profile by identifying gaps and opportunities to bring new exciting signature events to the city’s calendar, working collaboratively with businesses and organisations on delivery, and maximising investment and driving footfall. This year’s festival is hopefully the start of a showpiece annual event for Leeds – the foundation for a bigger and even more ambitious LIF in 2018.”