By David Mackie
Chapeltown Arts Festival will kick off tonight with a spoken word workshop by poet Saju Iqbal Ahmed at Inkwell, and conclude on Sunday with ‘LAB in a Van’ – a series of pop-up cabaret pieces performed from the back of a transit van at locations all over Chapeltown.
Hip-hop masterclasses, improvisational theatre and an African tie dye workshop will all feature as part of this year’s festival in Leeds, which runs from now until July 12.
Started last year, the annual festival is designed to celebrate the creativity and talent of the Chapeltown area and promote a wide range of performers and encourages residents to participate and engage with the acts.
For all artists, writers and actors, established and emerging, the festival is an opportunity to showcase new work or to show work for the first time.