TSOTA’s Top 5: Yorkshire Festivals of 2014

By December 14, 2014

Art & Photography. Leeds.

Image: Vertical Cinema as part of Leeds International Film Festival


Leading up to Christmas, the TSOTA Team have been compiling some December Top 5s. This week we gave you…



1. Leeds Big Bookend

Big Bookend

Held on 7th & 8th June 2014, this was the 3rd Big Bookend festival. Over 60 writers, poets & performers took part with the legendary headliner – Alan Bennett!

Read our article on The Big Bookend Festival.

Visit their website or follow Big Bookend on Twitter @BigBookend or Facebook.

Watch this video about this year’s festival:


2. NEXUS Festival


From September 12th-14th, over 150 artists descended upon Leeds City Centre for the first ever NEXUS Art Festival – incorporating art, performance and music.

Read our article on NEXUS Festival.

Visit their website or follow Nexus Festival on Twitter @NEXUS_Leeds.


3. Settle Storytelling Festival

Settle Storytelling

On October 10th, 11th & 12th, the 5th Settle Storytelling Festival descended upon the small rural Yorkshire town of Settle. This year’s festival saw over 50 artists from 5 continents.

Read our interview with Sita Brand, founder and director of Settle Storytelling Festival.

Visit their website or follow Settle Storytelling Festival on Twitter @settlestories.

Watch this video about this year’s festival:



4. LIFF 28


November 5th – 20th 2014 saw the 28th Leeds International Film Festival return to venues across Leeds. The festival once again covered independent films, foreign film and some Hollywood classics covering a manner of all genres. Also included were ‘vertical cinema’ events and marathon screenings.

Read some of our reviews of films screened at this year’s festival.

Visit their website or follow Leeds International Film Festival on Twitter @leedsfilmfest or on Facebook.


5. Compass Live Art Festival

Invisible Flock

From November 13th – 23rd 2014, Compass Live Art Festival returned for its 2nd year. The festival brought a collection of 20 extraordinary performances, installations and artworks to unusual venues across Leeds, challenging conventions of theatre, performance and exhibition, defying categorisation and captivating new audiences.

Read our feature about Compass Live Art Festival

Visit their website or follow Compass Live Art on Twitter @CompassLiveArt or on Facebook.


Other suggestions:

  • High & Lonesome Festival@HighandLonesome | Read our interview with the creators of High & Lonesome.
  • No|Gloss Film Festival@noglossfilmfest |      Read our feature about No Gloss Film Festival.


Who would be in your Top 5? Tweet us @TSOTArts


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