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Festival programme released

The programme for the festival has been released today (17 May 2016).

BFBrochure2016Reverse03It’s currently with the printers and copies will be distributed via schools and other communities venues, but you can download it here and now (file is 3.6 Mb):

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The programme has details of the live music on our two stages: the Main stage with Leeds Music Trust and the Cloth Cat Stage, as well as the dance, martial arts and clown acts in the Arena.

A handy map will help you navigate Cross Flatts Park so you don’t miss anything from the 100 stalls in the Bazaar to the children’s activities, sports and fun fair.

BF 2016 site map

A world of music on the main stage

Our line up of live music acts on the main stage will take us all around the globe from the Caribbean to the Ukraine via India, Cuba and Africa.

Headlining the 2016 festival will be The Ukrainians – Britain’s, if not the world’s, foremost Cossack folk-punk ensemble. Emerging out of the 80s indie band The Wedding Present, The Ukrainians blend fierce alternative folk pop with a smattering of trad tunes thrown in amongst Smiths and Velvet Underground covers (sung in Ukrainian).

“This is POP and it blows your trousers off!” NME

Ukrainians

Leeds-based 7 piece Salsa and Cuban band Tarantismo bring you the spirit and sound of legendary Cuban artists with a generous serving of Salsa flavours.

An energetic musical set up bringing the best in roots reggae, pop, soul, r&b and blues. Get ready to shake off your worries because, as Bob Marley said “Every little thing is gonna be alright” when Mojah are performing for you.

Highly acclaimed singer Sumana Basu will perform songs ranging from Hindi classics to the latest Bollywood sizzlers.

Getting the show under way are Leeds’ own Silver Steel Sparrows, bringing their steel pan lilt to classic pop songs.

You can find videos of all our acts on the What’s On 2016 page.

Unity Homes & Enterprise sponsor Beeston Festival

Unity Homes & Enterprise has been announced as the main sponsor for this year’s Beeston Festival which takes place on Saturday 4 June in Cross Flatts Park.

Preparations are well under way for the big day which will feature live music from The Ukrainians; food from around the world; dance in the arena; sports, inflatables, arts and crafts; a fun fair; and of course dozens of stalls in the bazaar.

Ali Akbor, Unity’s Chief Executive said:

“Unity Homes and Enterprise has an historic association with Beeston Festival and we are proud to be lead sponsor once again.

“The event has become a highlight in the Leeds summer calendar and, alongside local residents, attracts many people from outside the area to celebrate what is best about Beeston.

“Unity owns a significant number of homes in the area with 18 new houses also under construction and others in the pipeline.

“We are strongly committed to Beeston and, through our support for the Festival, want to play the fullest possible part to promote the many cultural and community attractions it has to offer.”

Beeston Festival has also received funding from the Inner South Community Committee; Beeston & Holbeck councillors; City & Hunslet councillors; the BIG Lottery Fund; and Sport Relief Community Cash.

This post first appeared on South Leeds Life.