BIG UP FEST 23 comes to The Tetley this weekend

In the wilds and winding streets of West Yorkshire, a diverse ecology of community arts and social change is thriving and flourishing, creating and instigating.

This work can sometimes be overlooked, which is where BIG UP steps in and plugs in the amp. By building networks between creatives, social change-makers and audiences, the aim is to make the voices of change too loud to ignore. BIG UP festival isn’t a place for passive audiences but a call for action!

BIG UP festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday (4-5 November 2023) at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ.

The event is part of The Tetley’s Community Takeover programme, unfolding across November and December 2023.

  • Big Up Album Showcase w/Henny Hurtz
  • Transparency solo theatre show about growing up northern, working class and trans.
  • Hell Bus immersive installation
  • Geraldine Connor Foundation Youth Rewilding Project
  • Pyramid of Arts Exhibition
  • Brighten Our Streets: Art Activism for all with Sarah Priestly
  • Freedom for Girls Workshop
  • Radical Reading Room & Author Talks [Pluto Press]
  • BFD Working Class Creative Takeover w/Kirsty Taylor
  • DJ School UK DJ Sets
  • Hello Hip Hop Breakin’ and Graffiti Workshop
  • Vandal Factory: Live Podcast on Arts and Activism
  • Leeds Community Music Collective

The Tetley’s exhibitions programme ended on 22 October, and the building will now open for a joyous programme of performances, events and gallery takeovers that celebrates the principles, partnerships and connections that The Tetley has fostered through its participation programme over the last ten years.

BIG UP FEST 23 has been gifted by Together For Peace there will be free cash giveaway for attendees of the festival.

Click here for the BIG UP FEST 23 website.


This post was written by Tami Pein

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