Welcome to I Love West Leeds Arts Festival 2014

I Love West Leeds Grand Depart

Saturday 14 June 2014
1pm - 4.30pm
Charlie Cake Park, Town St, Armley


I Love West Leeds Festival is making its own grand depart after 10 years of making mischief in west Leeds and so we'd like you to come join us in charming Charlie Cake Park for an afternoon of fun and guaranteed sunshine. Bring your picnic rug and enjoy a relaxed afternoon of activities and performances to wave goodbye to the festival.

Festival house band the Citizens Orchestra will be knocking out foot tapping tunes from inside Little Dome, the magical coloured inflatable tent, there will be a performance of Before The Leaves Fall - A moving and spirited one man show about life during World War One for a Leeds soldier delivering letters in the trenches from his trusted bicycle Bessie. And there will be cake too. Did we say that already? Definitely cake, hopefully in the shape of a shed.

Early birds have a good chance of snaffling a commemorative 2005-2014 Festival Poster…

Spread the word and see you there!



Previously at I Love West Leeds...

Swim-Along-Cinema is back!
Sun 27 Oct 2013

There's something strange at Bramley Baths..Who you gonna call?


That's right, we rang Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Sigourney Weaver to let them know about a few ghostly apparitions spotted by staff at the 109 year old bathhouse, and they said - no problem, we'll be over to sort it out on Sunday 27 October.


So roll up your towel in your proton backpack for a one-night-only screening of Ghostbusters (PG). You can watch while you swim, or from the dry - tickets are available for both but hurry up, they're already flying out the door (and we're not 100% sure whether this is to do with poltergeist or not).

Expect lots of spooky fun and audience participation. (oh and P.S. there's a little bit of bad language in the film but it's rated a PG. Under 16's should bring a parent with them - just for the company!)

Ghostbusters (PG)

Sunday 27 October at Bramley Baths

7.30pm (Doors Open 7.00pm)

Dry seats or swim tickets available: Adults £5.00 / Children £3.00

Box Office: By phone - 0113 214 6000. In person at Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, LS13 3PS (Open 8.30am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8.30-1.30pm Sat and 9.30-12.30pm Sun). No reservations as capacity is limited.

The haunted tuck shop'll be open all evening for snacks.

Outdoor Cinema!
Friday 1st Nov 2013
















Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Oompa Loompa doompadee doo
I've got another puzzle for you

Bertha the big screen will be popping up at Charlie Cake park (top of Armley Town Street) with the original Gene Wilder technicolour tastic wonky world of Wonka.

So....bring your chair, blanket and bobble hat and we'll provide the hot chocolate*.

(sounds like a terrible deal doesn't it?)



The Swim-Along-Cinema!

See a full set of fantastic photos of the event from Lizzie Coombes - here

Bramley Baths was once again the place to be as we presented the swim-along-cinema.

Two films were screened in the pool, with speakers streaming the soundtrack under and over the water, the audience relaxed in the warm water or stretched out on the even warmer balcony.

For Softies at heart we screened Finding Nemo.

And then for the brave and the foolish we'll be showed the original, all time classic JAWS (oh yes).

The film screenings were part of Bramley Baths open day on Saturday 23rd March.
Bramley Baths is now in community ownership and the Festival is proud to support them.

Thanks to - Bramley Community First for funding our event. Anything Audio for fantastic sound and endless patience with our quest for ever more bonkers events. Bramley Baths staff and volunteers for being a joy to work with. Logistik for the loan of two splendid lighthouses. Slung Low for lending us a van to move the lighthouses!

Press coverage for Swim-Along-Cinema...

Yorkshire Evening Post, Guardian, BBC Radio Leeds, Metro, Orange, Time Magazine Online, CBC Radio


Get Stuffed! went to Light Night

We took our exhibition and our animals to Light Night on Friday 5 October.

We thought they might be popular but were quite astounded when 2000 people came to see them (we were clever at counting see, we had one of them handy little clickers on the door).

As a special treat for visitors on the night we enlisted the help of Lord Whitney and of Giles Smith. Giles runs the adventurebooth.com a pop up photobooth which he used to take portraits of people with their favourite exhibit.

The results are delightful, a snapshot of Leeds playing out and having fun.

See all the photos in out Get Stuffed! Flickr set

Visit our Get stuffed! page for more information and photos about the original project.


Water Music: Submerged

Watch the BBC Look North piece by Olivia Richwald about Submerged

Read the article on Guardian Northerner about the project

An underwater exhibition by Lizzie Coombes.

500 people of all ages visited Bramley Baths in their swimming gear to see an exhibition of photographs by Lizzie Coombes displayed underwater. Watch a timelapse film of the event.

We are proud to have worked with Friends of Bramley Baths on this event. FoBB will be taking over the Baths when it moves into community ownership in the new year, we are already planning our next adventures together.

Project Background

In 2011 The I Love West Leeds Festival held a very unusual classical music concert. Marooned on a stage in the middle of Bramley Baths, the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra played Handel's Water Music whilst the audience swam round them. Photographer Lizzie Coombes captured an incredible series of photographs throughout the day. Through Lizzie's eyes we see the whole day, from underwater images of how a stage is built in a swimming pool right through to the concert itself. Featured on Look North, the BBC news and in the Guardian Newspaper, Water Music put the I Love West Leeds Festival and Bramley Baths into the national spotlight.


Roving Cinema

The I Love West Leeds Festival big inflatable movie screen takes to the road with free outdoor film screenings for everyone to enjoy.

Bertha the Big Screen is the cutest outdoor movie screen in Yorkshire.
She is 5 metres wide and as you can see from the picture is much taller than Paul (who is the tallest member of the festival team).

Wrap up warm, wear a woolly hat and bring something to sit on.
The autumn nights are drawing in but the fun does not have to stop.
Did we say it's free? Its FREE!

The Woman in Black (12A)

Daniel Radcliffe sheds his Harry Potter imagine in this spine chilling classic remake. A huge hit at the cinema, this British made film is the perfect choice for a screening dark autumn night…. Better bring a cushion to this one, to hide behind.

Sat 27 Oct
Raynville Road Park, Raynville Road, LS12 2TF

School of Rock! (PG)

Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, a failed rock star fired from his own band. Dewey pretends to be a school teacher to earn some money but things get out of hand when he enters his class band into a Battle of the Bands competition. This screening will be introduced by a performance from a young band from Rock School, Armleys own School of Rock!

Sun 28 Oct
4.30pm band 5.15pm film*
Charlie Cake Park, Armley Town Street, LS12 3QX

*don't forget the clocks will have gone back on Saturday night



Home Tweet Home

An interactive family art trail in Pudsey Park.
15 identical wooden bird boxes have been painted, decorated, pulled apart and played with by artists from near and far. Take a stroll in the sunshine around the paths and flowerbeds of Pudsey Park and seek out all the boxes*

Look out for the birdbox marble run which you can operate yourself, the miniature bird room complete with bookshelves and wood burning stove and the Tweetomatic which dispenses snippets of birdsong.

For more information on Home Tweet Home including details of all the artists visit the Home Tweet Home page.

Mon 29 to Wed 31 October
Pudsey Park, Church Lane, LS28 7RF
10 - 4pm daily

*a lot of the boxes will be in the trees but we might be sneaky and hide a few to make it more fun



ILWL: You said...

'one of the most amazing experiences of my life'

'Mum, whats that man doing in our caf?'

'..absolutely brilliant - stirring, moving, sweaty'

'The most randomly genius thing i will experience all year'


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