World On Our Doorstep Festival 2019
September 27 @ 7:30 pm - September 29 @ 11:00 pm
World On Our Doorstep is a festival celebrating the diverse musical heritage in Leeds. It features a cross section of music happening in our area, including Caribbean, Asian, African, European, Irish, Yorkshire and more. The festival embraces the traditional and the contemporary; and various fusion styles of music, that continue to flourish in Leeds. It takes place from Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September.
The festival is based in Chapel Allerton, bringing North Leeds communities together with a melting pot of music performances and interactive workshops. The way in which the festival is curated encourages people to visit venues that they might not normally, as well as presenting styles of music that might not ordinarily take place in these venues. Venues that are part of the festival are as follows: The Woods (tbc), Seven Arts, Alley Cats Bar, Inkwell Arts and The Polish Catholic Centre. Alley Cats Bar hosts a weekend of ‘pop-up’ gigs, which offers opportunities for emerging performers to play, plus ‘jam sessions’ which will encourage disparate music styles to coexist. Dance, drum and singing workshops will take place at Seven Arts, for larger audiences; whilst Inkwell will see smaller intimate workshops. The public are invited try out new music/dance experiences such as belly dancing, Flamenco dancing, Moroccan drumming, Irish guitar accompaniment (DADGAD tuning), harmony singing, Japanese Koto, music production and more.
Over the three days, there will be four featured concerts at the Polish Catholic Centre and Seven Arts, which will showcase local talent in a professional environment. There will also be Sunday afternoon jazz concerts at Seven Arts and Inkwell. We offer volunteering opportunities in Event Management, Front of House Management, Promotion and Sound Engineering Assistance. The festival is run in partnership with a number of voluntary/charitable organisations. These are South Asian Arts UK, Black Health Initiative, JazzLeeds, Muzikantes Festivale, MUSIC:LEEDS and Irish Arts Foundation. We aim to increasingly widen the network of partners to include more local community organisations and to ensure that there is maximum involvement by the local community. Having run the project in 2018 for the first time, we are confident that with funding we can produce an even better festival. The festival had a lot of local support and again we be increasing awareness of the festival through printed/social media, local radio, TV and press. We will be offering a ‘taster’ summer event at Inkwell which will publicise the festival and encourage wider participation from performers, volunteers and audience. We have also hosted an exhibition of photographs, at Inkwell Arts, from last years’ festival. This Exhibition will remain on display for six weeks and will be featured at Seven Arts for the month of September in the run-up to this years’ festival. We are already working hard to promote the festival through social media, press contact and initial printed publicity. We aim to have the first significant publicity run ready for distribution by July and have volunteers on board to help with distribution and promotion. We have set up a website, Facebook, Instagram and twitter accounts to aid this. The festival will be advertised as part of regular publicity from all partners and will be featured in their in-house and online publicity. In addition we will produce high quality programmes and posters for distribution throughout the local area and Leeds City Centre. Our management group meet regularly to progress the festival; and it is our expectation that the festival becomes a regular annual event. We will continue to meet regularly to learn from our experiences and use this information to improve festival arrangements going forward into the years ahead.
This “festival of local music from around the world” is relevant, celebratory and encourages inclusiveness in an accessible joyful way.