LD5O - 6 weeks to go!
It’s coming together nicely. Leeds/Dortmund 50, an arts festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the twinning of Leeds and Dortmund (Germany), will kick off on Sept 30th .
It will feature 2 visiting Dortmund writers, 10 writing exchanges between writers from our two cities, over 40 writers from West Yorkshire writing brand new work for the festival, 5 digital conversations between Leeds and Dortmund language students, a choir concert, and a series of interviews with people who have taken part in past exchanges and made lifelong connections through the twinning relationship.
In all there will be 25 separate events in LD50 spread over 2 weeks. Most of them will be broadcast Live from Chapel FM Arts Centre on East Leeds FM so that listeners in Germany, indeed all over the world, can listen in and participate. We can’t bring loads of people over here from Dortmund, but with the help of Tech we can do the next best thing.
Leeds City Council and Leeds 2023 have been instrumental in making this festival happen and we will be joined during the festival by official visitors from Dortmund who will attend the climax of our first week, on the afternoon of Saturday 5th October at Chapel FM.
By the beginning of September, we will publish a full schedule of events on this website and that of Chapel FM. Please tell as many people as you can about the festival. Many of the Live events will be in our fabulous radio theatre, a converted Methodist Chapel in East Leeds, and can be attended for free.
In the meantime, we will be posting a series of entries here about different festival events, as well as ongoingly publishing new work created by writers involved in the project. Thanks for reading this, and keep watching the website.