Entertainment & Culture

Happy 50th Birthday to the Leeds West Indian Carnival!

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They say that some things get better with age, which is definitely the case for The Leeds West Indian Carnival. Yesterday, the people of Leeds saw an explosion of colour on the streets in celebration of its 50th year in the running.

Return of the Bike: Leeds Motorcycle Social 2017

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he dust has settled. The passing of hundreds of bikes kicked it into the air above Canal Mills, where it mixed with the fragrance of spicy food and the metallic tang of fresh exhaust fumes, and was held there by an updraft of voices, laughter and music throughout the weekend.

Leeds Parties with Pride

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Every year, Leeds Pride just seems to be getting bigger and better. 2017 is home to a generation with the knowledge and acceptance of everyone, which makes for perfect participations in this celebration of love, unity, diversity and togetherness, and what a treat it was.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal: Life In The Slow Lane

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In places, the Leeds and Liverpool canal is stunning. For artists, introverts or people who just want to get away for a while, it’s like nowhere else. You can choose to be in the thick of it, or to float ambient in parts where mobile phone signal hasn’t yet been discovered.

Write what you know

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“Next time I’m in London, we should definitely meet up.” Awkward pause on my end. Then, I blurt out the horrific, earth shattering truth.  The audible gasp from them. Then the inevitable: “Wait…What…you live in LEEDS?”

Leeds West Indian Carnival: a mad idea that work

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Despite the explosion of colour, music and pageantry, the Leeds West Indian Carnival started from fairly humble beginnings. In 1967, the idea formed from a group of West Indian Students studying at the University of Leeds, who decided they would channel their homesickness into something special. They would celebrate all that made their culture so vibrant, but bring it whirling and screaming to their new stomping ground in Yorkshire.

Leeds Street Style: Sneaker Heads

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When you think of street style, Leeds springs to mind as being a front runner due to its urban nature and quirky characteristics, which is reflected by city residents in their attire – well, with their footwear in particular. What we have found is that no matter the gender, style or age, Leeds is full of absolute Sneaker Heads.

5 places to visit in Leeds this Yorkshire Day

Categories: Entertainment & Culture, Food & Drink

Ey up! Even though most of us celebrate being from the best county in the UK every day of the year, Tuesday the 1st August marks the official Yorkshire Day. To celebrate the day in proper Yorkshire style, we have rounded up some places in Leeds city with events to get you in the Yorkshire spirit!

Leeds loves Unity: Hyde Park Unity Day

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As another year goes on, we are blessed with another Unity Day at Hyde Park. Our friend Nigel (@unevenedits) headed along to capture some sweet moments for us from the much-loved festival that took place on 22nd July.

Leeds Kirkgate Market Moments

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Leeds Kirkgate Market is definitely one of the most interesting and diverse places to visit in our city. A place you can visit and gain a different insight each time you go. Our friends @leyla.rose and @luuuluuuk have captured some of their favourite market moments, just for your viewing pleasure.

It’s a colourful life: In Colourful Company making Leeds brighter

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In Colourful Company’ started rather out of the blue. It became from a need for something that would bring people together, creative people, who like myself, often interact with others online.

Leeds Tattoo Life

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In the past decade, tattoos have developed from a dubious regret to a desirable art. Its reputation of outlaws and outcasts has been surpassed by artists and aesthetics, as tattoos have spread increasingly into mainstream popularity.  

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Leeds fashion: Mind the fashion gap

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Join us at Independent Leeds where we discuss the Leeds fashion scene in this article focusing on The Fashion in Leeds platform.

Athena Rising: Leeds Street Art

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Independent Leeds sees the remarkable unfolding of the UK’s tallest mural ‘Athena Rising’ created by street artists extraordinaire @nomad.clan through the eyes of Craig Fletcher (@ash_focal_fade).

Stompin’ For Simon

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Simon on the Streets is an independent charity whose focus is to help improve the lives of people sleeping on the streets of West Yorkshire. Reliant on fundraising to continue and increase their incredible work, four guys from Leeds FD Arena have been doing just that with a series of ‘Stomps’.

For the love of Leeds

Categories: Entertainment & Culture, Music & Nightlife

Ashley Kollakowski (Belgrave Music Hall, Headrow House, Whitelocks, Turks Head) moved to Leeds over two decades ago. Since then he has seen the city grow and places come and go.

Street Chic in Leeds

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Independent Leeds takes at look at street chic in Leeds and the different clothing stereotypes of people in our city.

Leeds Eye View: Abbey and Sid

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Abbey Aaron and her dog Sid take a photo tour around Leeds to meet other dogs with their humans.