Festival Week 27 Aug - 2 Sept 2018


Festival Weekend 31 Aug - 2 Sept 2018


Welcome to the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival!

The Chapel Allerton Arts Festival is a week of events in and around Chapel Allerton followed by a weekend of live music in street, craft ales, family activities, stalls and a wide range of food

Planning for the 21st Chapel Allerton Arts Festival is well under way. Keep an eye on this site or follow us on facebook and twitter for all the latest news

Be seen, be there, be known for your support. Opportunities to sponsor the Festival are now open. More details here about sponsorship packages. Contact us if you are interested.

Calling local artists and makers.  Now’s the time to apply for a stall at our annual arts market on Well Lane. Click here for more details

Do you want to be part of the action? Volunteer stewards make the festival happen. Come and greet festival-goers at the gates and help them enjoy the event. You are free to choose a time that suits you. Apply here

After the success of the CAAF Choir last year we're doing it again. This year, our rehearsals start on July 30th. As before, they are every Monday evening from 7pm - 9pm, until the Saturday of the festival, where we shall perform! Unlike previous years, we are rehearsing at THE MUSTARD POT, which is a lovely pub in the centre of Chapel Allerton, full of tasty tipples for those inclined to have a drink..! The costs are £30 (or £25 for unwaged) for the whole ‘term’, and access to the all important dropbox! Click here for more details

Applications from bands to perform on the main stage are now being taken. Find out more

We are a charity and rely partly on donations to fund the event. If you'd like to help us out, we'd be very grateful. Thank you very much for your support.


No paypal account? You can still donate here

The Village Jazz & Folk Roots Fringe 2018 - Moving beyond the (Regent) Street !

Chapel Allerton Festival have been successful in securing Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants to support the 2018 Festival. This year we are introducing new Fringe Themed mini- festival activities within the wider community to run alongside the main festival weekend. In addition to the short film festival on Monday 27th August, there will be a poetry festival at Seven Arts on Tuesday 28 August, an arts trail in Gledhow Valley Woods (Monday 27th August - Sunday 2nd September) a village jazz festival (Thursday 30 Aug – Sunday 2 Sept), Ukulele workshop (Thursday 30 August) and a folk roots festival fringe (Thursday 30th August- Saturday 1st September). After last years success we are extending the artist cafe run on Saturday 1st September.

This is an exciting development for the Festival in our aim to spread the activities and fun throughout the whole of Chapel Allerton not just Regent Street. We will be working in partnership with local arts venues and businesses who will be hosting these new events. We want to extend the community coverage of festival activities and provide new artistic experiences for the local people in the area. Further details will become available on the website as we build up the programme for the new “Fringe” activities. So watch this space !

Festival Weekend Lineup

Thinking of performing at the festival? Click here to apply


Main Stage

Details to follow

Village Jazz Festival

Lloyd Plays Peterson (School of Philosophy) 7.30-8.30pm

Festival Jazz Jam (School of Philosophy)  9-10pm


Main Stage

Details to follow

Village Jazz Festival

Masterclass with Julian Arguelles (Seven Arts) 5.30-6.30pm

Julian Arguelles Quartet (Seven Arts) 8-11pm

Supported by Alie Higgins and "Tiptoe"


Main Stage (Village Jazz Festival)

North Leeds Jazz Orchestra 12pm

Atlantic Crossover 1.15pm

Ancient Infinity Orchestra 2.30pm

Sueli Gil's Africa-Brasil 3.45pm

Blues Rock Band "Who Knows" 5-6pm

Festival Week Events

Events will be taking place throughout the week, starting on Bank Holiday Monday. Keep an eye on this page, twitter and/or facebook for more details.

All Week 27 August - 2 September

Art Hunt

Art Hunt in Gledhow Valley Woods during the week leading up to the main festival. 3-5 pieces of original artwork, inspired by the woods, will be hidden in the woods each day with clues (posted on Twitter and Instagram). Each piece can be kept by the person who finds it.

Monday 27 August

Short Film Festival 19:30 at Seven

An evening of films of all genres encouraging local filmmakers of all backgrounds and disciplines. Do you have a film to enter? If so, click here for more details and the application form

Tuesday 28 August

Spoken Word 19:30 at Seven

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival presents an evening of poetry featuring Owen Lowery, Ian Duhig, Niall Campbell and Kath Osgerby. Click here for details and ticket info

Meet the Author - Christine Barrow 19:00 - 20:00 at the Library

Christine Barrow will be joining us at Chapel Allerton Library to discuss her short story collection ‘Black Dogs and the Colour Yellow’. Christine lived in the Caribbean for 50 years before retiring as Professor Emerita at the University of the West Indies. She returned to Britain and now has her work published by Peepal Tree Press.
Free event, booking necessary. Please visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

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Wednesday 29 August

Meet the Author - Robert Welbourn 19:00 - 20:00 at Chapel Allerton Library

Join us at Chapel Allerton Library for a talk by Leeds author Robert Welbourn on his debut novel ‘Ideal Angels’, a book about love in the social media age. How much can one person change you? How much can one person be your downfall?
Free event, booking essential. Visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

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Thursday 30 August

Writing Workshop with James Oddy 19:00 - 20:00 at Chapel Allerton Library

Join Guardian Sports Book of the Year 2017 winner James Oddy to sharpen your non-fiction writing skills. Learn techniques on pitching to editors and publishers, and report on recorded sports footage as if you were right there at ringside!

Free event, booking necessary. To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

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Ukelele Workshop at the School of Philosophy

Come and join the new Chapel Allerton Ukulele Group and perform at this year's festival!!

Have fun singing and playing your favourite songs, making new friends and developing your musical and performance skills.
We welcome anyone to join and can assist members at any level - from complete beginner to experienced player and play a wide variety of music, from folk, gospel and blues to more modern pop songs.

Give it a try at our Ukulele workshop on the 30th August at the School of Philosophy, with the chance to perform at the festival on the Saturday!

Contact Simon Robinson on 07904589620 or email simon_j_robinson@icloud.com for more details.

Friday 31 August

Picnic in the Park

1-4pm on Thursday 30th with craft activities and parachute games for young children. "After Hours" 20's style Gatsby swing band, playing jazz, jive & electro swing will be performing alongside the picnic 1.30 to 3.30 as part of Leeds City Council's Bands in the Park programme.

Sunday 2 September

The Land of Nod

Rock gods of comedy sletch shows - The Land of Nod - return as part of Chapel Allerton Arts Festival. Expect tales of deviance, ancient Greece and supermarket loyalty.

The acclaimed show starts at 8pm. £8 or £5 unwaged

"All comedy sketch groups should take notes from this fantastic show" - edfringe (5 stars)


Activities for all ages will be taking place on Saturday in the Methodist Hall and in the Street Performance Space on Well Lane

Methodist Hall

Details of events to follow

Street Performance Space on Well Lane


Hayley Byrne gets kids dancing in the street

12 noon


The first ever public performance of the Chapel Allerton Festival ukulele band, formed during festival week.


Cafe Run

1pm Feathers McGraw

1.30pm April Avenue

2pm Laura Potts

3pm Ella Playford

Tiff the Juggler

Street entertainer and juggling dynamo Matthew Tiffany


Chapel Allerton Methodist Church on Well Lane

Stainbeck Arts Club Annual Exhibition and Sale

Saturday 1 September, 10am-5pm. Free entry


Browse over 75 stalls reflecting nearly 60 different artists, craftspeople, local groups and national charities.
Contact us if you are interested in a non-food stall or a food concession

The Bar

The Festival Bar will be serving up some of Leeds' best local craft ales, as well as Pimms, wine and soft drinks. It's the place to buy drinks as profits help fund the festival

Classic Car Show

Last year we held a pilot Classic Car Show, with 9 vehicles of various ages right back to 1925. The event was so popular that we are running another show this year, with over 25 wonderful vehicles already promised.

Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

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