Leeds international Festival

3 things to look forward to at Leeds International Festival

Leeds International Festival is coming up, and with so many great events it can be hard to decide what to attend. Here’s our guide to three of the most interesting.

Leeds International Festival is usually a time for exciting, interesting and innovative events, and this year is no different. With more than a fortnight of films, plays and interactive experiences planned, there’ll certainly be plenty for you to do. But how do you choose which events to attend, if you can’t make every single one?

You’ve probably already got a good idea of what you want to see and do, but just in case, here’s our pick of the best Leeds International Festival has to offer. These three events showcase everything that makes the festival great, with a blend of art, culture and tech. Starting with…

Sex Robots
Tuesday May 1st, 18:00-21:30.

Hyde Park Picture House

There’s plenty to be said about the ethics of technology, and what to do when AI starts to become so advanced it can feasibly count as human. Unsurprisingly, one of the most controversial areas of discussion is sex. While it might be uncomfortable to think about, it’s incredibly important in a world where we could soon have a technological replacement for human contact.

This is what Dr Kate Devlin, senior lecturer at Goldsmiths University and an expert in the combination of sexuality and technology, is here to talk about. Her lecture will be followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated film ‘Lars and the Real Girl’, starring Ryan Gosling as a man who begins a romantic relationship with a realistic sex doll.

Empowering Women with Science & Tech
Thursday May 3rd, 10:00-18:00.

Leeds Dock

Science and technology is becoming an increasingly diverse field, yet women’s voices are so often under-represented. To combat this, the International Festival is hosting this all-day conference featuring lectures and panels from a range of female role models working in a variety of STEM roles. The aim is to inspire both this and the next generation of women to flex their scientific muscles and get involved in this exciting area.

Some of the speakers include nanochemist Dr Suze Kundu, Belinda Parmar OBE –
CEO of The Empathy Business -and neuroscientist Dr Sophie Scott. The event will be hosted by acclaimed presenter and author June Sarpong MBE.

Salomé with live score
Saturday May 12th, 19:45

Howard Assembly Rooms

In 1923, the release of Salomé was controversial and not hugely successful. The silent film was beset by rumours of scandalous parties featuring the star actress, and it was shunned by the major studios of the time. However, it has since become appreciated as a work of surreal art, blending Art Nouveau stylings with the glamour of golden-age Hollywood and a beauty that is hard to define at times.

This showing of the silent film is accompanied by a live score, performed by Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux. She has been praised for her otherworldly voice and a minimalist blend of electronic music and classical guitar playing, making her a perfect fit for this hauntingly beautiful, exotic movie telling the sensual story of the stepdaughter of the Biblical King Herod.

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