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Young at Arts

The LEAF Partnership - Leeds Grand Theatre & City Varieties, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Phoenix Dance Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Yorkshire Dance - presents
Young at Arts

Young at Arts is a two-year project, part of Time to Shine, a six-year programme delivered by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through Big Lottery Fund Ageing Better.

Time To Shine takes a city-wide approach to addressing the social isolation of older people. The LEAF partnership’s Young at Arts will create social opportunities through culture and the arts.

In autumn 2016, we are particularly keen to work with men’s groups around the city. Writer Peter Spafford wants to hear your stories about ‘home’ which he’ll turn into a live show to which all contributing groups will be invited. Find the details here.

Forthcoming Events

Silver Screen Dance
Saturday 29 October
12 noon – 3.30pm
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Details here

Make a Film in a Weekend
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November
10.30am – 5.00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Details here

Weekly Activities

Three Months in Richmond Hill
movement and dance for ages 55+ with Yorkshire Dance
Mondays, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
12 September – 19 December 2016
Richmond Hill Community Centre, Long Close Lane, LS9 8NP
Details here

Three Months in Morley
singing and dancing for ages 55+ with Opera North & Phoenix Dance Theatre
Mondays, 10.00am – 12 noon
19 September – 5 December 2016
(no sessions 24 or 31 October)
Morley Town Hall
Details here

Our programmes of regular activity at Halcyon Court Care Home in Headingley will begin again in October.


The six arts organisations in the LEAF partnership have a wealth of experience of working with older adults, and throughout autumn 2015 and spring 2016 they have been running a series of programmes across the city for anyone aged 55 or over.


Big Lottery Fund