In September 2018 the first WORLD ON OUR DOORSTEP festival of world music was held in Chapel Allerton in Leeds.see photographs and lineup for world on our doorstep 2018
Celebrating the musical heritage and diversity of Leeds, featuring the range and breadth of the music of our area, including Caribbean; Asian; Eastern European; Irish; Yorkshire and more.
The festival embraced traditional music that continues in Leeds, as well as representing the fusion of influences and contemporary forms that have grown into a unique melting pot of sound and song.
The festival also offered several workshops based at The Methodist Centre, allowing opportunities for participants of all levels, to sample new musical forms such as gypsy jazz guitar; African and Asian drumming; singing and vocal harmony from Brazil and India; plus belly dance, circle dance and South American dancing, with all the sessions being led by professional artists.
The weekend featured concerts at Seven Arts, Inkwell Arts and The Polish Catholic Centre and ‘pop-up gigs’ all weekend at Alley Cats Bar; kicking off on the evening of Friday 28th September with a truly diverse launch event at The Polish Catholic Centre; featuring Garforth Brass Band, Dudley Nesbitt's Calypso Band and Leeds' acclaimed Polish collective 'From East To East'.
The weekend concerts featured local musical legends such as RnB duo Tila and Tavelah; Christella Litras (Carnival Messiah/Caution! Collective); renowned Bollywood singer Sumana Basu; soul and gospel from Cleve Freckleton and more; as well as a wealth of young exciting talent. The festival was supported by The Irish Arts foundation, South Asian Arts UK, Black Music Festival (Black Health Initiative) and JazzLeeds in partnership with Seven Arts, The Polish Catholic Centre, Inkwell Arts, Alley Cats Bar and MEWL Music.
We want to be able to make this a regular annual event in Chapel Allerton.
We need to raise funds to ensure that the festival can happen in 2019; and so that we can offer musicians, technicians, volunteers and music lovers a well supported and successful festival.