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

The 2018 festival has started! Keep an eye on this site or follow us on facebook and twitter for news on all the events

We are always welcome to offers to steward the weekend activities. 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

Calling local artists and makers.  You can still apply for a stall at our annual arts market on Well Lane. Click here for more details

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


Main Stage

6.15pm Dman & Friends

7.15pm Jabbawoki

8.15pm Sifaka

9.15pm King Zepha

Village Jazz Festival

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

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


Main Stage

12.45pm Little Mistakes

2pm Foxwood Panyard Steel Band

3.15pm Chapel Allerton Festival Community Choir

4.15pm Leeds Samba Unidos do Ritmo

6pm Roundhay Ukelele Group

7pm 8Mana

8pm Electrocity

9pm Chunky Butt Funky

Village Jazz Festival

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

8-11pm Julian Arguelles Quartet (Seven Arts)

Supported by Alie Higgins and "Tiptoe"


Main Stage

10.30am Hymns in the Street (with Churches Together)

12noon North Leeds Jazz Orchestra

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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Little Poetry Workshop for Children 14:00-14:45 at The Little Bookshop

Come along to our 'Little Poems' workshop and have fun reading and writing poetry about nature. The workshop is for 10 children aged 7 - 10. It will be on Wednesday 29 August from 2-2.45. It is a free workshop. For further information contact hello@thelittlebookshopleeds

The Little Bookshop at 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton

Thursday 30 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.

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.

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

Art Doctor Clinic

Come along to the Methodist Centre for your prescription from the Art Doctor Clinic. The Doctors are diagnosing in Chapel Allerton as part of their 2018 Leeds tour, so come and get a creativity boost or some new activities to try out. Energise by writing your own empowering slogans and learning some power stretches, take part in a one-person dance tent, find your inner potential through drawing or relax with some poetry or calming meditation. There’ll be something for all ages… what will your prescription be?

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



Leeds-based gymnastic cheerleaders


Lindy Hopping

Rebecca and Damien turn Well Lane into an outdoor dance hall for their free Lindy Hop class


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

The third CAAF CLASSIC CAR SHOW will take place in the Well Lane car park on Sunday 2nd Sept from 1pm to 4pm. Around 20 wonderful vehicles to drool over, and choose your own favourite in a simple competition, with the prize of a trip out for a pub lunch in the red 1953 MG TD shown in the picture.
Among the other vehicles will be a Ford Mustang, Jensen Interceptor, Morris Oxford Bullnose, Mercedes 420, 1948 Citroen TA, Humber Sceptre, AC Cobra, Vauxhall Cresta, Ford Cortina, Triumph Herald, Riley Elf, Austin A30, MGA and others to be confirmed . . .

Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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