Festival Republic Placements & Volunteering:
This summer students from across the University made films at some major music festivals. After over a decade in partnership, Leeds Beckett and Festival Republic teamed up to offer placements and volunteering opportunities for students at Latitude and Leeds Festivals. This year, the Film Crew Project saw 10 students involved at each festival, here they produced films on site which were broadcast on the big screens at the side of the main stage. Their work was seen by over 100,000 festival goers across the two sites and the feedback from Festival Republic was excellent.
Led by Broadcast Media Technologies lecturer, Ashley Dean, the project has overseen over 100 students work in these teams over the past five years. The placement opportunities allow collaboration between students and staff on many courses, namely Broadcast Media Technologies, Creative Media Technologies, Filmmaking, Graphic Arts and Design and Music Production. Numerous students have gone on to work for Festival Republic and for other festivals as a direct outcome of this project, which continues to grow each year.
Some of the films made have been uploaded by Festival Republic here.
I’m Carnival Happy Exhibition:
Leeds West Indian Carnival, which recently celebrated its 50th year is the oldest West Indian Carnival in Europe. Lizzie Coombes, Senior Lecturer was commissioned to take 500 portraits in pop up photography studios across Leeds, these ranged from The Trinity and White Rose shopping centres, to the Corn Exchange, Leeds Dock, Woodhouse community Centre, The West Indian Centre, day centres and a session in a shipping container on Briggate.
Lizzie shot 647 portraits, each person is wearing one of four specially commissioned headpieces, made for the portraits. Three of the artists are from Leeds and well-known makers in the field of carnival. The portraits were exhibited in bus stops and on railings outside the Reginald Centre in Chapletown. You can see more here.