Discover Leeds Opera Story

Leeds Opera Story:  Discover over 250 years of opera history in Leeds with The Leeds Opera Story!


Curated by Northern Opera Group as part of the Leeds Opera Festival 2020 (more news to come about that later)

In a series of documentary films available on YouTube, explore the origins of the opera, unearth some of the long forgotten theatres of Leeds, and even confront the age-old question, ‘what is an opera’?

The 4 films can be viewed here

The Leeds Opera Story is produced by Northern Opera Group ( and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Leeds Inspired.

Richard II. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. FREE online

Richard II – the Bard’s great Play of England from the 2019 Globe Season.

Online Family History for Beginners Workshops from Leeds Libraries

Free workshops until the end of September.
Wednesdays 2.00 – 3.30pm. 5th August, 19th August, 2nd September, 16th September, 30th September is now free for all Leeds Libraries users, so there has never been a better time to begin your family history research. A live and interactive version of the popular Family History workshop, for a friendly introduction to key concepts and resources for complete beginners, all delivered online!
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Free but booking required – attendees will receive an email on the morning of the session with more details and a link for accessing the workshop.
To book:
You can also arrange a one to one telephone conversation with one of the librarians if you need some additional help re researching your family history. More details and booking here

Do you want to take part in a writing activity from Leeds Playhouse – Ghost Light Monologue

Leeds Playhouse invite you to take part in a free-writing activity – details below from the Playhouse Engagement team:

A single ghost light in the centre of Quarry Theatre stage

“Inspired by photographer Helen Murray’s exhibition, Our Empty Theatres, we want you to respond to the image of the ghost light in the Quarry Theatre. All you have to do is write a 5-line monologue that begins with the phrase: “When I get back…” using a freewriting technique.

What is Freewriting?

Freewriting is a method where you write down your thoughts as they arise, with no interruptions or corrections and it’s a great way to focus the flow of your ideas. Try spending five minutes writing down your response to the image without stopping – you can read some tips below to help you get started.

  • Find your favourite spot where you’re most comfortable.
  • Some of the writers we work with love playing some music or popping the TV on – one even likes to listen to white noise
  • Don’t be afraid to repeat words and phrases
  • Forget all the rules about spelling or grammar
  • Most importantly – have fun

We would love to see what you come up with, so please send your monologue to us by 7 August and we’ll find a way to share them.”

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Live at the Virtual Square – today

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Music:Leeds:Leeds and Millennium Square present Live in the Virtual Square, a live streaming all day showcase, celebrating artists from the region.

After a successful day in 2019 at Millennium Square, this year’s event will be held online. Featuring artists chosen through the Music:Leeds Launchpad programme, plus some special guests!

(in three words each)

AGI – melodically unique electro-pop

Chanté Amour – socially conscious RnB

Dilettante – art rock collective

Fehlt – Nascent post-punk

Green Gardens – emotionally charged art-rock

In The Morning Lights – Narrative based alt-pop

James Welsh – complex, luminous electronica

joegarratt – electronic synth-pop

Louisa Kate Music (Chapel FM Arts Centre selected artist) – versatile Roots musician

Mamilah – Introspective nu-soul

Marsicans – harmony laden indie

Happy Yorkshire Day to You!!

This year’s official Yorkshire Day (1st August) celebrations were due to be taking place in Rotherham, but due to coronavirus, a virtual event will be taking place online instead. The event will be streamed online and will feature a variety of entertainment including local poets and storytellers.

You can watch it on the facebook page (it’s a public page so you should still be able to see it if you don’t have a facebook account)

Or if you feel like marking the day with a bit of traditional Yorkshire Parkin – Leeds Cookery School have shared their special parkin recipe for the day (we know it’s meant to be cooked on bonfire night but it looks good anyway)


More sport returns this weekend – Super League and County Cricket

County Cricket returns tomorrow, Sat 1st Aug, but it will be without fans after the government decided it was too risky to go ahead with a pilot plan to allow a small number of fans to attend.  It is hoped that the pilot might be able to go ahead after August 15th.

Yorkshire’s first fixture is against Durham 1st – 4th August – starting at 11am

Yorkshire County Cricket Club - Wikipedia

Rugby Super League also returns this weekend – with Leeds Rhinos playing their first match, against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday at 6.30pm

Leeds Rhinos - Wikipedia

Spectacular Cirque du Soleil

You’re invited to a 60-minute special, featuring some of the best live show moments of ‘La Nou’a, ‘Varekai and Quidam! Rediscover these fan-favorite shows and enjoy mind-blowing acrobatics from the comfort of your home! For the whole family to enjoy!

Available to watch until further notice

Leeds in sculpture – a virtual tour with Leeds Civic Trust – 29th July

A virtual tour of the city of Leeds through its sculpture, statues and ornamentation: the city’s representation in physical form

Originally planned as a new supper walk for the Trust, this walk has suddenly become very topical. Join Civic Trust Director Martin Hamilton as he takes you on a virtual tour round some of the city’s statues, sculptures and monuments.

Wednesday 29th July 7pm-8pm.  Register on Eventbrite for a place

Highlights include:

• The City Square statues

• War memorials – how we remember casualties of war

• 20th and 21st century sculpture, including work by Moore, Armitage and Scott

• Ornamentation and decoration – including the work of sculptor Catherine Mawer

This will also be an opportunity to consider who and what we represent in sculptural form and why these choices are made.