The second Headingley Festival of Ideas took place in October 2015 with 19 different events plus 2 art exhibitions. The events were attended by almost 750 people.
The theme this year was ‘change’, which stimulated a wide range of exciting activities. Highlights included:
Planning & Organising
Volunteers on the Festival committee put the programme together with many events organised and run by local people . We are proud of our association with Headingley Litfest, Cafe Sci and Leeds Salon for their collaboration with us.The Festival is now an independent group affiliated to the Headingley Development Trust.
The Festival was publicised in local newsletters, North Leeds Life and mostly by leaflets and a well designed programme distributed by volunteers at Headingley Market and in local shops and venues. Information was also provided on a Festival page hosted by HDT, a Facebook page and Twitter account. Another success was the distribution of hundreds of drinks mats using the same design colours and logo.
We are grateful to again receive funding from local Councillors and some generous donations from local businesses and organisations. A grant from St Chad’s Small Grants Fund helped enormously and we also held collections at many events with people giving generously. Together with a raffle and refreshment sales, all combined to add up to a total income of £1,725
Expenditure on publicity, programmes, venues and refreshments totalled £1,177 leaving a healthy balance of £548 to put into reserves for the next Festival!
We are very grateful to all our sponsors for generous donations.
To Pizza Express,Sainsbury’s, Salvo’s, Morrison’s, Pizza Express, Hyde Park Cinema and a number of individuals for donating prizes
And to William H Brown for printing and distributing leaflets.
Particular thanks go to all the local organisations that organised Festival events, Bryn Abbot of Kitzo for the programme design, and all the committee members that worked so hard to mount and develop this exciting new event in the Headingley calendar.
Headingley Festival of Ideas 2015
34 Arndale Centre, LS6 2UE Bare Coffee
Weetwood Lane, LS16 5LX
HEARTPh 0113 275 4548
Headingley Parish Hall
New Headingley Club
St Michael’s Church
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HAMMOND & COOMBS DENTAL CARE
58 Stainbeck Rd., LS7 2PW ART & THE SECRET GARDEN CAFE
6 Weetwood Lane, LS16 5LS
THE FANCY DRESS EXPERIENCE
Morrisons M Local
William H Brown Estate Agents
|Sat 3||Heart||1-5pm||Creating a Sustainable Headingley|
|7-9pm||Changing Headingley: for better or worse?|
|Tue 6||Left Bank
||7-7.45pm||The Glass Cyphers Installation Preview – Exhibition open to public Oct 8 – 10th|
|Tues 6||Heart||till 17 Oct||Art Exhibition|
|Wed 7||Arcadia||7.30-9pm||Philosophy in Pubs|
|Thu 8||Library||7-9pm||Local Poets for Change|
|Thu 8||Heart||7.30-9pm||Drama Workshop: King Lear & Change|
|Fri 9||New Headingley Club||7-8.30pm||Sound Tracks to Change|
|Fri 9||Heart||7.30–9.30pm||Leeds, Changes for Good
- Free, but booking recommended. See listing
|Sun 11||St Michael’s
|11am-1pm||Daoist Art of Lishi|
|Mon 12||New Headingley Club||7.30pm||Cafe Scientifique: Health Freaks on Trial:
Changing views of Home Remedies
|Tue 13||Headingley Library||7-8.30pm||A Woman Without a Number|
|Wed 14||Bare Coffee||7-9pm||Taste and Morals: coffee event|
|Thu 15||Costa Coffee||7.30–9.30pm||Speaking to Persuade: The Ancient Art of Rhetoric|
|Fri 16||St Michael’s Church||7pm||Subversive Peacemakers|
|Fri 16||Cafe Lento||8pm||Music at Lento’s|
- Ticketed event. See listing for details
|Sat 17||Heart||1-5pm||Apple Day|
|Sat 17||New Headingley Club||2-4pm||Comic Power|
Changing Headingley: for better or worse?
7pm / Headingley
Open meeting on the Forum proposals for Headingley Neighbourhood Plan
Headingley has changed radically over the years since its rural beginnings – and mostly due to outside influences. It’s still changing now. Can Headingley community influence the way we change in the future? We think so. Join us if you have a view!
A summary of proposals will be available before the event here.
Art Installation Preview
7-7.45pm / Left Bank
The Glass Cyphers
A new collaboration between film maker/digital artist Paul Miller and glass artist Griet Beyaert.
During a seven week project they will experiment combining intricate glass sculptures with the innovative technique of projection mapping, transforming Left banks interior with a collection of seemingly self-contained, floating light-spaces.
Paul and Griet will be talking/demonstrating their work in progress.
The finished work will be shown on 8, 9 & 10 Oct.
6–17 October / HEART
Whilst enjoying the other events taking
You’ll be met by a wide range of work ranging from Illustration to Jewellery Design, it really is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate these skilled, talented artists in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Call Heart Reception beforehand to check the room is available for viewing the exhibition.
Creating a Sustainable Headingley
1-5pm / HEART
Many people and groups in Headingley are already working to tackle the impact of Climate Change, develop local and sustainable food projects, campaign on fossil fuels, improve the local environment and much more. Can we do more if we work together? This Open Space style workshop is for everyone who wants to share their experience and contribute to taking action together in Headingley to tackle Climate Change?
Participants will set the agenda, focusing on the question: How can we best collaborate to change Headingley into a powerful, resilient and sustainable community?
Facilitated by Tony Hermann from Leeds Carbon Conversations
Tickets are free but limited, so please book: here
Philosophy in Pubs
7.30pm / Arcadia
‘Blue funks and red lines – identifying mood swings in Recent British politics’
With John Douglas
As political rhetoric often overwhelms political principle most people may be in a “blue funk” about election results. Furthermore few people believe politicians claiming that there are “red lines” that they will not cross.
John Douglas addresses the relationship between rhetoric and principle in British politics.
Local Poets for Change
7.15-9pm / Headingley Library
Ten exciting poets with exciting new ideas!
Well known poets Helen More, James Nash, Linda Marshall, Becky Cherriman and others will be reading their work on the theme of ‘Change’. Come to be inspired and expand your mind!
7.30pm / HEART
‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!’
Taking a speech from King Lear (Act 3, scene 2), David Robertson of Theatre of the Dales leads a workshop looking at the impact of extreme Change for Lear from a fool of a tyrant, through a mental maelstrom, to a man of compassion and grace.
Sound Tracks to Change
7-8.30pm / New Headingley Club
Songs can provide a ‘soundtrack’ to personal, social and political change. Change can create strong emotions – fear, hope, confusion – which music both expresses and provokes.
These different aspects of change are represented in a set of songs performed by Lawnswood School Community Choir.
Leeds, Changes for Good
How refugees have changed Leeds, and how Leeds has changed them.
7.30-9.30pm / HEART
An evening of discussion and story-telling, hosted by Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network.
The legacy left by different waves of migration is a thriving economy and rich cultural heritage. But Leeds has not always been a place of welcome or sanctuary. We will be joined by refugees, volunteers, activists, politicians and local residents, all sharing their stories
Tickets are free but limited, so please book: bit.ly/leedschangedforgood
11am – 1pm / Headingely Parish Hall
Come and experience the Daoist Arts of Lishi and discover for yourself how the theory of Yin and Yang could help you change your thoughts, feelings and actions so you feel better on the inside and flow gracefully with the external changes of life. This highly interactive session will give you practical lessons that will transform how you respond to change physically, mentally and emotionally.
7.30pm / New Headingley Club
Health Freaks on Trial: Changing views of Home Remedies
Speaker: Martin Bland, Professor of Health Statistics, University of York
In 2013, Channel 4 broadcast “Health Freaks”, a series of six programs on some rather bizarre home remedies. Martin was advisor and statistical analyst for four clinical trials in this series. He will be talking about how this came about and describing each of the trials, their sometimes surprising results and his seconds of televisual fame.
The Woman Without A Number
7-8.30pm / New Headingley Libray
Ilby Knil survived the Holocaust after helping the Resistance in Hungary, being caught and tortured and transported to Auschwitz. She did not speak of these experiences for more than half a century.
Now, after her husband’s death and at the age of 91 she feels the need to explore how we might stop the continuing murder and genocide that are still happening. Her book, The Woman Without A Number, is a testament to resilience and courage. Come and hear Ilby, a most remarkable woman, tell her story, followed by discussion of what society needs to change.
Taste and Morals:
A Participatory Coffee Event
7-9pm / Bare Coffee
Coffee seems to have overtaken tea as England’s favourite drink, and Bare Coffee is one of Headingley’s most exciting new coffee joints. (You can get tea there too!) But are we always drinking something that is ethically sound? And what about the taste? Come talk about the ethics and aesthetics of coffee with Dr Aaron Meskin, a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. Tasting included!
Use Your Voice for Change
7.30-9.30pm / Costa Coffee
Speaking to Persuade: The Ancient Art of Rhetoric
Everyone has ideas to contribute. But sometimes it’s difficult to get yourself heard, let alone make you speech engaging, persuasive and memorable. Speaking to Persuade is an interactive session on techniques for effective public speaking; with opportunity to practice communicating ideas.
Run by Jane Oakshott MBE
7pm / St. Michael’s Church
Oh What a Lovely War-Resistance!
Discover the stories of people courageous enough to resist the First World War’s recruitment campaigns and conscription. 100 years ago, who in Headingley opposed the war and why did they do it? What kinds of politics, what kinds of patriotism, what kinds of faith did they have? Clive Barrett, Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford, gives an illustrated presentation on the conscientious objectors of the First World War, interspersed with examples of the music that inspired them. Come and sing along to songs of courage and conscience. With help from the choir of St Michael’s Church.
Music at Lento’s
8pm / Cafe Lento
‘My particular love is jazz and running alongside is my fascination with world music. Hence, for this event I have chosen a group of musicians who encompass both strands. When jazz musicians play they often use a phrase ‘to call the changes’.
The band is called ‘Manjula’ and they play Latin, Indian and Mauritian strains of music.
Jazz at Heart
8-10.30pm / HEART (Shire Oak Room)
Jazz-at-Heart presents ‘Musical changes: an illustrated history’. Following the huge success of our two previous talks/recitals by pianist Sam Watts, this talk will be presented by another excellent young musician, Matt Anderson, who will illustrate his talk with live renditions of the music of a range of periods.
Tickets from HEART £8
Further details on
1-5pm / HEART
A fun day for all the family with a variety of events, including:
Apple pressing, morris dancing, discussion workshop, children’s entertainment, live music, tombola and refreshments. Find out about making your own cider and creating a bee friendly garden.
2-4pm / New Headingley Club
An amazing and unique opportunity to learn how to make Comics that challenge social issues and change the world!
We are the UK sister group of World Comics based in India. We are all trained by Sharad Sharma, founder of World Comics, and through using his taught methodology and inspiring concept we will show you not only how to create a powerful comic but also teach you how your comic will be used as a tool to create positive social change in your community. Join us for a taster session during this year’s Festival of Ideas!
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