Leeds International Festival 2019 is proud to now reveal its full programme, with an incredibly broad, diverse, innovative and fascinating line-up. Across many industries and sectors, L19 has insight from a massive spectrum of talent, from communities across Leeds, the UK, and internationally.

New events announced  include Sport 2.0: Every Second Counts, in which sporting legend and Olympic star Amy Williams MBE will discuss the technological innovations in sport which deliver that much sought-after edge, in an event hosted by Professor Greg Whyte OBE (Former Olympian, author and TV presenter).

Dr Almas Ahmed will speak at Facing Brave: Women take on the acid-throwers, an event focussing on the professional women taking on the vicious rise in acid attacks in the UK. Hosted by the Thackray Museum, Dr Ahmed (the inventor of the world’s first acid-proof makeup), will speak alongside Danielle Cornish, an International Women’s Rights expert, and Dr Julie Thornton, a Skin Scientist, in a discussion set to put power back into the victims’ hands.

A bespoke commission for L19, Falling Light is a piece of architecture that comes alive. This immersive art installation, created by design studio Flat-e and with original music by electronic musician Daniel Avery, will be hosted by Leeds’ iconic Corn Exchange.

Other events include the punk poet John Cooper Clarke himself in performance with brand new material, Frank Bruno MBE chatting music and mental health in the Black British community for BlaqueXplosion, and queer iconists Tommy Cash and Yves Tumor fronting anarchic art party JUICEBOX.

This year’s festival sees new CORE and OFF programmes, dividing the line-up between CORE’s internationally-renowned speakers and OFF’s up-and-coming, diverse acts and events – many featuring home-grown talent.

2019 also sees a new location for The Village hub at The Tetley, and a new area called The Discovery Zone (hosting free-to-attend events for all the family) on Briggate.

Leeds International Festival 2019 takes place from 2nd May to 12th May.

Tickets on sale now and available from the Leeds International Festival website – www.leedsinternationalfestival.com

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