Yorkshire is ready to celebrate the arts this autumn – and Yorkshire’s arts community has not disappointed.
From films and theatre to music and literature, there are Yorkshire arts events to satisfy all interests. Here is our round-up of the top 6 unmissable autumn arts events in Yorkshire – which will you be attending?
Top 6 unmissable Yorkshire arts events for autumn 2021
1. Sheffield Showcase, Sheffield
2nd – 5th September
This four-day extravaganza features over a dozen Sheffield arts and culture groups who have joined together to create a diverse programme of events held at various locations across the city. Soothe away stress with jazz or chamber music, explore thought-provoking themes through a socio-political comedy, and introduce children to the beloved bard with a slapstick performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream – complete with lightsabres – performed by the Rubbish Shakespeare Company. Check out the full Sheffield Showcase line-up.
2. 80s Classical, Leeds
Friday 10th September
The long-awaited return of this 80s music event following its sold-out world premiere in 2019 and cancellation last year. Various 80s icons are returning to Leeds on Friday 10th September to perform an open-air symphonic spectacular in Millennium Square with the 60-piece orchestra of Opera North. Performers include Jimmy Somerville, Brit Award-winning duo Go West and Yorkshire’s John Parr. Book your tickets now before it sells out!
3. Ilkley Literature Festival, Ilkley
1st – 17th October
Ilkley Lit Fest is back with another world-class line-up of authors, poets and playwrights, performing and describing the journey behind their celebrated literary works. The diverse schedule also celebrates pictorial creativity in the form of film and visual arts events. The festival is operating online as well as physically, with live-streamed and digital-only sessions running alongside the in-person experiences and workshops. Browse the full ILF line-up.
4. Widescreen Weekend, Bradford
7th – 10th October
This year sees the 25th anniversary of the Widescreen Weekend, held at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. This popular festival celebrates the past, present and future of film with screened restorations and ‘rediscoveries’, and ties into the museum’s current Sound Season exhibition which showcases cinema technologies and the sensational scores of the legendary composer, Ennio Morricone. Showings include Spartacus (1960), Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and family-friendly Missing Link. Find out more.
5. York Theatre Royal, York
30th September – 2nd October, 19th – 23rd October
York Theatre Royal has some fantastic high-profile shows in October 2021. Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell reaffirms his masterful storytelling ability with an evocative exploration of the human heart through the working-class nightlife of 1930s London. West End hit production of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle’s celebrated The Hound of the Baskervilles, performed by the award-winning Original Theatre Company, is a delightfully inventive and farcical twist on the greatest detective story of all time. Book tickets here.
6. Coastal Sculpture Collection, East Riding of Yorkshire
Yorkshire-born artist and sculptor, Emma Stothard, has spent the last year working with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Coast BID to create the Coastal Sculpture Collection, a series of inspiration pieces that will be displayed along the Yorkshire coastline including Flamborough, Whitby and Scarborough. The first to be installed is the ‘Spurn Butterfly’ at Spurn Point – an exquisite 8ft butterfly created out of copper and bronze wire that signifies the vital coastal conservation work of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. More to be revealed soon.