International festival announces Generation Future

The fourth Leeds International Festival launched has launched its full programme, featuring 29 Events and 45 Speakers.

Spanning industries and sectors, the festival’s theme Generation Future showcase talent from an incredibly innovative and diverse line-up drawn from communities across Leeds, the UK, and the globe.

Some of the high profile events include:

Living in a Future City with George Clarke
This panel will look at the need for cities to change to successfully accommodate tomorrow’s citizens. Focusing on transport, the natural environment, urban infrastructure and services. Hosted George Clarke it will feature a panel of experts putting forward their vision for future urban spaces.

A Generation to Cool the Earth
Compéred by TV presenter and wildlife enthusiast Michaela Strachan, this event features 4 incredible talks: from co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Roger Hallam, professional musician and bioacoustician Bernie Krause, global food activist and physicist Dr Vandana Shiva, and carbon footprinting expert and author Mike Berners-Lee. They will discuss seed sovereignty and food futures, positive citizenship, the sounds of ecosystems and how we can all make impactful changes.

Gemma Holsgrove, Leeds International Festival Executive commented: “Leeds International Festival has been growing each year since its inception in 2017. Our fourth year sees an even more extraordinary lineup of artists, speakers and innovators all responding to our theme Generation Future in their own individual way. I’m really looking forward to seeing Leeds host such an incredible array of talent this May and hope that some of the conversations, performances, workshops and performances challenge, educate and inspire audiences to make their own positive changes to our increasingly complex and interconnected world.”

Alongside the panel and speaker events the festival will also feature five premieres; Requardt & Rosenberg’s intriguing secret performance, Selina Thompson’s political roundtable ‘Oh God! Not Another One!’, fabulous apoca-disco ‘The End is Queer: A Doomsday Disco’, and family-friendly ‘Future Fairness. As well as a host of live performances from Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance, I Like Trains – in their first hometown gig in three years, and NYX electronic drone choir.

The festival is brought to the city by LeedsBID and supported by key partners including the LEP, The Tetley, Vastint and Bruntwood. This year it will run for 10 days from 30 April until 9 May and take in 13 venues, with tickets on sale from 14 February.