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Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

From the end of June until September Yorkshire turns its focus towards sculpture and all its avenues. Yorkshire Sculpture International is a celebration of sculpture that lasts a hundred days and displays works in Leeds, Wakefield and beyond. Free to the public many incredible works will be viewable all around Yorkshire from the town centers to the open air fields where larger than life characters, abstractions and shapes can captivate a new audience. With an impressive list of artists contributing work and with the festival heading to schools and universities to spread the excitement and help future sculptors, this festival...

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Top Leeds Vegan Spots

Yorkshire holds a mix of different environments from sea side locations to small villages amongst the fields. On its more contemporary side however are its urban havens such as the student heavy city of Leeds. Rife with a young and multicultural crowd leads is home to shop-til-you-drop markets and shopping centers, an impressive music laden nightlife and all the things in between. It comes as no surprise then that this place was keen to get aboard the green train and wrangle in the Vegan crowd. Whether you like the movement or not, as far as food goes its better for...

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The Many Genres of Yorkshire Music

Yorkshire is known for its impressive countryside, its industrial history and its diversity of culture. It should come as no surprise then that the musicians raised here bring with them an impressive mix of genres and styles. Though many may associate British music with the indie-turned Britpop bands of the 90s, the set of stars coming out of Yorkshire help to shake up that notion. Here are some of the acts that hail from the north. Artic Monkeys – Indie/Pop Though they do fit the confines of a typical band outlet, the Artic Monkeys provided a different sound from the...

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Contemporary Art in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a big history in industry, that is no secret. As soon as you drive into it the grey stone buildings are all washed with the smoke of yesteryear and the streets look weathered themselves. But not everything here is a relic of the past, contemporary art has a rising scene in Yorkshire and is home to several fantastic locations to enjoy modern works, here are just a few. Sunny Bank Mills Though it may appear a little tattered and out of date from the outside, this former industrial mill has been completely renovated on the interior. Stepping inside...

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Four Yorkshire News Stories (January 2019)

Yorkshire Rugby League World Cup Venues Confirmed In a great piece of sporting news that is sure to bring much joy and excitement to our county, the Rugby League International Federation has announced that no less than six locations in Yorkshire will play host to matches in their 2021 World Cup. Doncaster, Kirklees, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York were all successful in their bids – with Leeds hosting two semi finals over the three-week-long event. Although the final will still be held at London’s 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium, the rights to the rest of the matches are a big boon...

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More Poetry Masters

Yorkshire is blessed with so many esteemed poets that a part two to our previous article was required to cover more of the best thought-provoking verse writers in any depth. Here are short biographies of the collections and poems which are often included in anthologies of Yorkshire poetry. Tony Harrison Born in Leeds, Tony reached peak fame in the mid-eighties when his Selected Poems and ‘V’ were published. Some of his poetry and theatre productions rile against class divide in society as well as in the arts, and has been described by critics as ‘angry’ yet unmistakably powerful. Tony Harrison...

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Alan Bennett’s Finest Works

Alan Bennett was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and is one of the county’s (and the country’s) greatest living playwrights. Covering decades of success in screenwriting, the writer’s work is on the national English curriculum and is studied in Universities across the land. In this article we discuss the plays which have given him most acclaim. The Lady in the Van Made into a film production in 2015, The Lady in the Van is based on the true story of an elderly lady by the name Miss Shepherd who lived in a campervan in Alan Bennett’s driveway for 15 years until...

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Sheffield’s First Muslim Mayor

Magid Magid has become a global celebrity since being announced as Lord Mayor of Sheffield in May 2018. A Somalian refugee who arrived in Sheffield in 1996, Magid Magid is the first black, first Muslim and youngest Mayor of Sheffield. Appearances on international television have made him known around the world and this fame has got millions talking about Sheffield. The mayor has been bold in his new position, having already banned Donald Trump from entering Sheffield and squatting on the bannister of the town hall stairs for his official mayor photo. These are controversial moves which divide the people...

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3 Yorkshire News Stories You Might Have Missed (December)

This one comes bit early this month, as we’ll all be out of the office next week having some much-needed downtime over the festive period. Yes, you heard that right – even online content writers need a break sometimes! However, no matter what time of year it is the news does not stop rolling. And there have been quite a few interesting things happening around Yorkshire in this December that you might want to know about. Here are just three of them! Kaiser Chiefs to Open Art Exhibition in York We’ve reported on the success millions-selling Leeds-based band before on...

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Christmas Events in Yorkshire (2018)

Yorkshire is a fantastically diverse county, filled with glorious scenery, crumbling castles, stately homes, vibrant cultural city centres and more. Many of these places look even more beautiful with a bit of snow or they might just put on premium events in December. So, get out and about this festive season and explore the best this county has to offer, with our guide to the most exciting Christmas events in the Yorkshire area. Stately Homes & Gardens Every December, dozens of Yorkshire’s largest and most impressive manor houses, deck themselves out for Christmas and open their doors to the public....

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