One of the UK's biggest celebrations of Jewish culture outside of London is set to take place in early September. The Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival, which runs from 3-7 of the month, promises a total of 25 shows over its five days, with artists from Canada, Israel, Germany, Latvia and the US among those taking part.
This year's festival, once again organised by Makor, the Jewish and Israel Resources Centre in Leeds and the Festival committee is likely to be bigger and better than ever – with highlights set to include the following:
Los Desterrados. The London-based six-piece, who've made a name for themselves on the Jewish music scene with their gypsy and flamenco-inspired music and Spanish/Hebrew/Ladino vocals, will be among the acts performing at the opening night event on Sunday September 3.
Martin Kaye. Another one of the opening night performers, Kaye is a jazz and soul singer from Manchester who recently appeared at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sophie Tucker's One Night Stand. This musical is inspired by the life of the singer and comedian who was one of the biggest stars in the US during the early part of the 20th Century. The show, which recently played at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, features a bunch of classic tunes including My Yiddishe Mama and Shine On Harvest Moon.
Ya'akobi and Leidental. The Tik-Sho-Ret Theatre Company, which performs Jewish and Israeli theatre, will present this show about a love triangle between two men and one woman.
Tel Aviv's Youth Performing Arts Academy. One of the highlights of the opening afternoon will be the performance from this troupe of Israeli youngsters, who'll be showing off their hip-hop and street dance skills.
For more information: www.leedsjewishfestival.com