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Encounters Festivals

Our Encounters festivals unite people from all walks of life, bringing together a community of activists, to share food, conversation, workshops and performance here in Leeds. Our next festival will be on the 29th Feb & 1st Mar 2020.

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About Encounters Festivals

Wieke Eringa, Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance, talks to us about our Encounters Festivals:

Yorkshire Dance is building a community of activists – from all walks of life – around performances that address some of the big questions of our age.

Encounters will bring together inspiring dance artists with a diverse crowd to share food, conversation, participation and performance in Leeds. We’re welcoming everyone – those who don’t normally come to performances as well as those who frequently do.

We believe dance can make the world a better place. We know it can create deep connections between different sorts of people drawn together by seeing, and talking about, the kinds of works you’ll experience at Encounters.

We know the challenge is huge, and that Encounters is small, so each edition will focus on a particular element of a bigger theme.

We invite you to join us in sparking new thinking, new conversation and new connectivity.

Follow us @yorkshiredance and search #EncountersLeeds to find out more.


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