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Quarry Hill Festival Photo Opportunity

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Press release date 
Mon 27 Jun 2011

Spend the day at the FREE Quarry Hill Festival

Photo Opportunity:
Tuesday 28 June 2011 at 11am
Outside BBC Yorkshire, Quarry Hill, with festival performers including artists in costume from SAA-UK and musicians from Leeds College of Music

Leeds’ cultural quarter is buzzing with excitement as its most prominent organisations put together the finishing touches to the Quarry Hill Festival, which takes place this Saturday 2 July, 10am-6pm. More than half the tickets for this FREE arts festival are already booked, so to avoid disappointment be sure to book for your favourite activities through the West Yorkshire Playhouse, on the festival page at www.wyp.org.uk, though there will be some availability on the day.

Tours of the BBC are filling up fast, while would-be thespians should act quickly if they want to catch one of the last few places on the ‘Acting with Accents’ and ‘Stage-Fighting’ workshops at West Yorkshire Playhouse: the ‘Acting Masterclass’ is already sold out. Dance is also proving popular, with limited availability for Northern Ballet’s family workshops and Yorkshire Dance’s Bollywood class.

The programme is full of high-profile performers and experts sharing their talents with the public for free. They include the renowned hip-hop dancer Caramel from A1 Off, who has worked with artists including the Black-Eyed Peas and Whitney Houston, and will be coming up from London to lead a workshop at The Dance Studio Leeds. With all this and more on offer, and the long-awaited summer weather breaking through, Quarry Hill Festival will be the hottest ticket in town.

There will be plenty for everyone to get involved with at the Quarry Hill Festival, and the streets will be buzzing with activity. Lined with an ArtsMix market and food stalls, there will be buskers and dancers performing on the streets, and children’s activities including an art stall and face painting.

The atmosphere will really reflect the vibrant community in the Quarry Hill area. As Paul Ellison, manager of The Wardrobe said, “I’m really looking forward to the excitement on the street…there’s going to be a good vibe, and it’s going to be great for families and people who are interested in arts in the city.”

Entry to the Quarry Hill Festival is free. Although there will be tickets available on the day, booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. For bookings and further information, contact West Yorkshire Playhouse box office, either online via the Quarry Hill Festival page at www.wyp.org.uk, or by phoning 0113 213 7700.