2006 I Love West Leeds

2006 Round-up

A real festival atmosphere was created in West Leeds in July with the arrival of the second I Love West Leeds Festival. For 8 days residents and visitors were spoilt for choice as to which event to attend.

Festival highlights included…

The Marvellous Armley Tea Dance brought together the young, old and the retro crowd to share pimms, sandwiches and an extraordinary amount of cake! Live music, posh frocks and dapper chaps and fantastic array of 1950's aprons transformed Interplays Headquarters on Armley Ridge Rd for a delightful Saturday afternoon party that kept on going into the night.

Deep Waters brought together 10 dancers and a boat full of musicians for a travelling performance along the Leeds-Liverpool canal. The audience gathered at Armley Mills Museum to walk and watch as ball gowned dancers performed on bridges and locks. By 3.30pm the spectacle had reached Newlay Locks for a beautiful finale. The audience had walked all the way even though they had to walk back!

Drive-In Movies combined a giant screen hung from a crane with festival radio technology to bring classic films to Pudsey. Grease, Bollywood and Hitchcock brought residents from all over west Leeds together to experience the Drive-In.

Ice cream and popcorn served to the cars added to the occasion and all attending left feedback demanding more!

The Ironmongers of Illusion was a smash hit at the festival. Bramley Ironmongers & DIY successfully operated as hardware shop and art gallery at the same time. 3D images of shop stock meant an interactive shopping experience that not only brought festival goers into the shop but also took the festival to regular shop goers. Check out the exhibition at Boffin Projects.

Festival Day in Bramley Park featured a turn out of thousands on a scorching hot Saturday. 15 garden sheds decorated and inhabited by 15 artists aroused curiosity, provided endless entertainment and the pub shed even provided refreshments! Live music was provided by bands from West Leeds and a choir from Bramley Primary School who are located just across the park. Festival Stalls, acrobats, inflatables, willow weavers, theatrical make-up artists and workshops completed the line up and a fantastic time was had by all.