Planet Leeds Street Festival Returns

Planet Leeds Festival is back this weekend and organisers are hoping to make it bigger and better this year.

The free annual street festival will feature performers from diverse cultures and communities across Leeds. The festival kicks off on Briggate on Saturday, June 16 between 11am and 4pm. There will also be a stage at Kirkgate Market  between 10am and 3pm.

Ed Carlisle, event organiser, said: “As well as celebrating Leeds’ diversity, the free festival also aims to help ‘reclaim’ the city centre. Many people are frustrated that the city centre isn’t family-friendly, isn’t a civic space – and is only good for shopping. So, by taking place in the very heart of the city (Briggate), Planet Leeds seeks to revitalise the city centre, bringing different people together to enjoy themselves at a vibrant, community-led event – without needing to spend a penny.”

Leeds is the most culturally plural UK city (that is, it has more cultures and ethnicities living alongside one another) outside of London. “Yet too often, we don’t get the opportunity to see, enjoy and appreciate that diversity. Together, we can make a more mixed, connected and vibrant city,” he adds.

Previous festivals have featured: Iranian guitarists, homeless theatre groups, belly-dance, Congolese drummers, Chapeltown poets and hip-hop artists, Irish and Indian dance.

For further information visit www.planetleeds.org.uk or follow on Twitter: @PlanetLeeds.