Things to keep an eye out for this month
It’s a new month, it’s officially spring, and we’ve got our monthly suggestions of things to do in our Leeds Brewery pubs and the city centre this April.
This is one for the creatives; it’s time to celebrate the fifth year of Leeds Print Festival from 2nd-9th April which showcases traditional and contemporary print process through type and image. The exhibition lasts for a week and is held at Munro House, a gallery attached to Cafe 164 just onwards from Leeds city bus stop. The event consists of a programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and performances covering all print techniques and practices. You will see a selection of unique contemporary print works from regional, national and international artists and designers.
Whether you want to get involved in the print workshops or just fancy a browse, we recommend heading over and taking a look. There are two of our pubs in the area so while you’re out and about why not pop in and say hello at either Crowd of Favours, just off Kirkgate, or Lamb & Flag, neighbour to Leeds Minster. Both of these pubs also showcase different artworks; Crowd of Favours display work by local artists and have a regularly changing wall installation, and the Lamb & Flag have collaborated with The Gallery at Munro House to exhibit a selection of work by up and coming artists, graduates and art students in a rolling exhibition programme. Surely you’ll be feeling peckish after soaking up all of the talent - why not grab one of our fish butties and a pint of Leeds Pale while you’re there.
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Duke of York there is a comedy club, a chance to showcase local talent in a relaxed environment. The next comedy night will take place on Tuesday 19th April and will feature acts such as The Mad Bishop and The Bear, Callum Scott, Peter Bread, Rivka Uttley and Dom Hodgson. It is a free event, so everyone is welcome to come and have a laugh and enjoy a pint.
If you head to Crowd of Favours on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm you can watch films projected in their very own private cinema. Every month is a different theme/genre of film and you can have your say on what you want to watch, keep an eye out on twitter @CrowdofFavours for film announcements. You'll also be provided with free popcorn!
There’s always something on at the City Varieties Music Hall and this month in no exception. Whether you fancy joining four piece British vocal band G4 on their Back For Good UK tour, want to be tickled by a bit of stand up comedy from Joe Lycett, Katherine Ryan or Mark Watson, watch a unique production about legendary band Joy Division and the city of Manchester, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.
Next door to the City Varieties is our very own Leeds Brewery pub, The White Swan, offering a pre theatre food menu from 5-9pm, all you have to do is show your valid theatre tickets to enjoy a delicious homemade meal before you head to a show.
There are a couple of exhibitions on at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, located up by the Leeds City Art Gallery, that are taking place during April and could be worth a visit. The first is the Solo Ceramic Showcase by artist and maker Gin Durham; an enchanting collection of animal ceramics inspired by folklore, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Gin Durham has been established in ceramics since graduating in 2011 and finds it an exciting and rewarding material to work in. She has always been fascinated by these kinds of stories and hopes her work can provoke similar stories and associations in the mind of the viewer.
The second is Another Life, an exhibition of jewellery, sculptures and wall hangings created by artists who use upcycling and reuse materials to produce beautiful contemporary craft pieces. Featuring collections by Joanne Tinker, Bryony Rose and Jennifer Collier and jewellery by Lindsey Mann, Kathleen Smith and Sabira Silcock to name just a few. It’s a very inspiring and thought provoking exhibition; definitely worth popping in if you are at that end of town.
These are just a few of the suggestions we have lined up for you this month, but wherever you decide to go, you’re always welcome in a Leeds Brewery pub. And as summer is fast approaching, there might even be an opportunity to sit in one of our beer gardens. LB