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Leeds International Festival Guide

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The UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation returns for its second year. Here’s what you need to know:

What’s Leeds International Festival then?

Leeds International Festival also referred to as L18, is a fifteen day festival with 19 events and 26 speakers taking place in Leeds city centre from 28 April – 12 May. The first festival took place in 2017, it was a huge success and brought 17,000 people into the city. Check out the trailer for a better idea of what’s going down:

Where’s it on?

There are loads of great venues scattered across the city centre that the festival will use over the two week period, stretching as far as the Brudenell Social Club.

Andrew Cooper, Chair of Leeds International Festival and Chief Executive of LeedsBID said: “this festival aims to encapsulate all that is great about Leeds, providing the opportunity for business and cultural organisations to collaborate on showcasing the city’s strengths to audiences from near and far.”

What’s on?

It’s a programme of compelling speakers, original performances and discussion that celebrates innovations in science, music, interactive media and world culture. Here are just some of the exciting events you can get tickets for right now:


Three great speakers will come together at the festival, to discuss the issues with living in an ‘attention economy’ whereby technology is essential but easily addictive

Sex, Love and Artificial Intelligence

One of the UK’s foremost experts on human sexuality and technology, Dr Kate Devlin, will explore the history of sex and tech, and the potentially troubling conjunctions of where artificial intelligence, robotics and sex and love meet today.

Astronauts required, no experience necessary

This event is a chat with three space experts Helen Sharman CMG OBE, who was the first Briton to go to space, alongside Bas Lansdorp (CEO and co-founder of the Mars ONE mission, which is planning a one – way journey to populate Mars in the next decade) as well as BBC TV presenter Dallas Campbell.

Live At Leeds music festival 

Check out the first wave of acts announced below:

I want in! Leeds International Festival sounds great I want tickets.

Brilliant. We’ve got you covered, head over to ticketweb.co.uk/l18 for the full list of events and links to get tickets.

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