Come and make some art at Beeston Festival

With less than three weeks to go to the 2015 Beeston Festival, sponsored by Unity Homes & Enterprise, everything is in place for another memorable day of fun activities, music and food.

Poster2015 yellowCross Flatts Park will be transformed on Saturday 6 June between 12-5pm. As well as the usual mix of live music, dance, sport, children’s activities, a bazaar full of stalls and a fun fair, this year’s event will have an accent on art.

British Art Show 8 is coming to Leeds in October 2015 and to celebrate the festival organisers have teamed up with a range of arts organisations to bring some fun activities to the park.

Pyramid of Arts will invite you to help them build woollen cobwebs amongst the trees; Basement Arts will be showing the short films made by Beeston residents with help from Leeds Beckett University; Andrew and Toby from East Street Arts, currently living on the Garnets, will be inviting you to help design a totem pole for the park.

Meanwhile dry land swimming team Yorkshire Life Aquatic who will help festival goers create a “birds-eye’ view display to celebrate and send a hopeful message for people using words, patterns and dry land swimming. The results will be captured on camera by a small quadricopter drone.

Staff from The Tetley art gallery will be helping festival goers create a sculpture on the day, whilst elsewhere in the park another graffiti mural will be created on the wall of the Watsonian Pavilion.

On the sporting front there will be wrestling displays and Leeds Roller Dolls. There will be plenty to get involved with from football rugby and cricket through to golf and table tennis. Or perhaps you’d like to try The Works’ BMX track, or the climbing wall?

In the Bazaar, you can browse amongst the hundred stalls offering food, plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac and information. Throw in cream teas, live music and donkey rides and it’s looking like another great day of fun.

As well as Unity Homes and Enterprise, the festival is sponsored by Leeds Federated Housing, Unison and Citu; and receives financial support from the Inner South Community Committee and from the Councillors of Beeston & Holbeck and City & Hunslet wards.

For more information go to www.beestonfestival.org.uk, www.facebook.com/beestonfestival, or follow them on Twitter @BeestonFestival.

This post first appeared on South Leeds Life.

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