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Cafe Economique – Gender, Care and the Economy


When: Tuesday 4th April at 19:30.

Where: Seven Artspace, 31 Harrogate Road, LS7 3PD.

What: Dr Sarah Marie-Hall, University of Manchester and a member of the Women’s Budget Group discusses Gender, Care and the Economy.

Dr Sarah Marie-Hall is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. Her research lies in the field of geographical feminist political economy: understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experiences and cultural differences. In particular, she has a longstanding interest in how economic change, such as austerity, is felt, understood and absorbed within everyday practices and relationships. Sarah sits on the Management Committee of the Women’s Budget Group, and the Committee of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.

‘Drawing on feminist theories around the ethics and politics of care, in this talk I explore gendered responsibilities, familial and personal relationships, and the role of social infrastructure in neoliberal economies. More specifically, I discuss the ways in which female members of families and communities are bearing the heavy burden of recent and deep cuts to public spending and welfare in the UK; that austerity is a socially uneven process and condition. Using findings from two years of ethnographic research with community groups and families in Greater Manchester, as well as through my engagement with the Women’s Budget Group, I explore how managing the fall-out from austere policies, whether it be managing budgets, performing care-work, or providing emotional support, in families, communities and everyday encounters, is very much a gendered responsibility. I close with a consideration of the gendered politics of carrying out this fieldwork as a female researcher, and the burdens/responsibilities this might also present.’

The event is £4 on the door. For more information please visit the Seven Arts website.

Left Bank Cinema: We Are Many


When: Thursday April 27th at 19:00

Where: Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Rd, Leeds LS6 1LJ

What: We Are Many is the story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world. On February 15th, 2003, millions of people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world to try to avert the war against Iraq. Many were protesting for the first time ever.

This bold documentary charts the birth and growth of the new people power movement. “The scales fell from people’s eyes,” says director Amir Amirani. “Up until then, they still had a faith in politics: that there would come a point at which the politicians would have to listen. The realisation that this was not the case was a huge moment.”

The film features testimony from a unique cast of direct participants, including organizers, activists, high-profile figures, and of course the public.

Presented in partnership with disrUPt, a project run by academics at Leeds Beckett University.

Amir Amirani / UK / 2014 / 110 mins
Certificate 12

For Tickets for the event please go to the Left Bank website.

Tidal Presents: Comedy Poetry and Protest with Francesca Martinez


When: Friday 28th April at 19:00 – 23:00

Where: Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union, LS2 9JZ.

What: TIDAL are teaming up with Leeds University Union to put on a showcase of fierce and creative responses to social and environmental injustice.

This fundraiser is also a warm up event for the day long activist gathering ‘EDUCATE AGITATE ORGANISE’, taking place at Leeds Beckett Student Union, Leslie Silver Building on Saturday the 29th of April. Click here for more details.


We are extremely excited to bring together radical, creative, agitators and performers:

Francesca is a wobbly* comedian, disability rights activist, environmental activist, writer and speaker who has toured internationally with sell-out runs at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. From 2003 to 2008, Francesca toured her hit Edinburgh solo shows ‘I’mperfect’ and ‘In Deep’ around the UK. From 2011 to 2013, her 50 date tour of Australia and 67 date tour of the UK and Ireland with What The *** Is Normal?! gained a nomination for Best Comedian at the Perth Fringe, won her the Edinburgh Fringe Media Network Award 2011 and a nomination for Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2013. Her best-selling book, also called What The **** Is Normal?!, was published by Random House in 2014. Nominated Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards 2015, and runner up in the Bread & Roses Book Award 2015, the book has garnered rave reviews from critics and the public alike. In 2016 she supported Frankie Boyle on tour and was commissioned to write and perform a new comedy show: Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto. * Oh yeah, she has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.

Four Poets, Four Chairs, One Microphone. Four poets face the audience; in turn they step up to the mic to perform their poems. A cross between a poetic super-group and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’, the show is fast paced and never the same twice. Formed by Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott in the summer of 2013. The Firm has performed over 200 shows since that night and are now regarded as one of the finest spoken word organisations in the UK.

‘Some poetry reaches out and touches you: Sai’s poetry stretches out and grabs you’ – Benjamin Zephaniah.
Sai Murray is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, graphic designer of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. Sai is also an educator, and has helped develop several art-activist initiatives and is a founding poet facilitator/mentor on Platform’s youth arts and campaigning program: Voices that Shake! At Comedy Poetry and Protest, he will proudly be performing alongside Tasmia, a participant of this course.

Kristina is a poet and co-founder of two Shipley institutions – the Feminist Zealots and Rhubarb @ the Trinangle, a monthly poetry and prose night. Both indulge in her passion for craftivism with a Yorkshire flavour.

An exciting new Feminist Spoken word collective from Dewsbury.



/TAMI PIEN (Elemental)/
Tami studies and DJs in Leeds, while also organising club nights through Elemental Leeds, which brings together artists driven for community and environmental sustainability.


To make the event accessible to everyone we have a sliding scale of ticket prices:
*£12 solidarity ticket (this ticket will help us offer free tickets to those unable to pay in money)*

*£10 standard ticket (If earning a decent wage and are no longer a student in school or college)*

*£5 concessions ticket (If you are under 18, in full time education, on a low wage or an OAP)*

*£0 payment in kind (If you can’t pay our ticket prices in money, you can promise to help out on the night or bring a cake we can sell in the interval to help cover our costs. Please contact to arrange)*

Accompanied children are very welcome to attend, but be aware that performances may contain some swearing.

To get a ticket click here.

Educate, Agitate, Organise

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When: Saturday 29th April 2017 10:30 – 17:30.

Where: Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, LS1 3HE.

What: 2016 was a year of profound change and political uncertainties, with a fairer and more sustainable world seeming ever more distant.

In response to this Leeds Beckett Students’ Union in partnership with Tidal and Leeds for Change (and supported by War on Want) are organising a public event where people can explore ideas, politics, and action for a progressive, sustainable, social future.

This is following on from past Summat events and run in a similar way. However Tidal will be having a different role this year. Tidal have passed the organisational baton this year and instead are going to be focusing all our attention on putting on a series amazing workshops and panels.

Tidal and Leeds for Change will be putting on different streams of panels and workshops, the Real Junk Food Project will be providing food, there will be a marketplace and an opening plenary.

We are mega excited to be hosting such a variety of workshops this year. Here is a sneak peak at the workshops coming up:
An Intro to Permaculture; how to overhaul urban food systems and create a new sustainable land management system // Another Food System is Possible // How do we tackle Air Pollution in Leeds? // Climate Justice // Handling Conflict // Challenging Stigma around Mental Health // What is Disability – Body or Society? // White Allyship, Power and Privilege // Bridges not Borders; Building a World Where No One is Illegal // Exploring Power // What’s going on in Rojava? // Migration Conversations // Resisting Border Controls in the University // Creating Strategies for Housing and Benefits Campaigners // Co-housing, a New Approach to the Housing Crisis // Hacking the Housing Crisis // What is a Social Strike? // Post Brexit Trade; Dodgy Deals in the Dark // Overcoming the Power of Student Debt // The Basic Income; a remedy for uncertainty and inequality in Post-Brexit Britain // Gauging & ‘Power Mapping’ Your Support // Spiritual Activism // Community Organising // Design Thinking as a Tool for Activism // Protecting Protest in Private Spaces // An Intro to Basic Blockading // Public Speaking // Blogging for Change // Is Non-violent Direct Action still Relevant? // Community Food Walk // Hypnosis as a tool for self care // Trauma in Activism and Embedded Solidarity //…And many more!

(If you have applied to run a workshop please remember to fill in and return the Speaker Form to Leeds Beckett Student Union – so that we can announce who will be running all these amazing sessions)

The Event is FREE! For a ticket please visit the Leeds Beckett SU website.

Cafe Economique - Rethinking the Housing Crisis


When: Tuesday 2nd May at 19:30

Where: Seven Artspace, 31 Harrogate Road, LS7 3PD.

What: “Rethinking the Housing Crisis: from Market Failure to the Rentier City” – Dr Stuart Hodkinson, University of Leeds.

Dr Stuart Hodkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Urban Geography at the University of Leeds. His work focuses on the political economy and lived experiences of neoliberal housing policies in the UK. He has conducted research on the history of council housing privatisation, the Private Finance Initiative, the Bedroom Tax and the rise of Global Corporate Landlords. This talk is a synopsis of a book he is writing on the UK housing crisis.


The UK is currently in the grip of a housing crisis marked by rampant unaffordability with London its epicenter. Dominant political, media and academic narratives overwhelmingly frame this housing crisis primarily as one of market failure with a focus on boosting supply. But what is this a crisis of? Who is it a crisis for? Where is the crisis being felt? And how did we get here? By answering these questions within an historical context, the speaker will argue that rather than market failure, the housing crisis represents the desired outcome of a long-term neoliberal project aimed at building the rentier city that can be increasingly found across the world.

For more information please visit the Seven Arts website.

Chris T-T 20th Anniversary Best Of Tour Live At All Hallows

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When: Friday 5th May from 19:45–23:00.

Where: All Hallows Church, 24 Regent Terrace, Leeds, LS6 1NP.

What: Chris T-T is a Brighton based singer song writer but he used to live just around the corner from All Hallows back in his student days. Chris’s work has ranged from the deeply political protest album “9 red songs” to the introspective “Love Is Not Rescue”, the beautifully odd “Disobedience” (an album of A A Milne poetry set to music) And his latest album 9 Green Songs! a collection of radical songs, with a dark ecological flavour. Returning to Live At All Hallows’ for the first time since 2013, Chris is one of our favourite people and we are looking forward to a wonderful celebration of 20 years of music!

English alt/folk singer-songwriter Chris T-T has been one of the UK’s most consistently critically acclaimed artists for two decades, without ever bothering the charts, nor compromising his radical, psychedelic songs. In recent years he’s become a significant songwriting influence for a generation of UK singers.

Based in Brighton but restlessly mobile, Chris has released 10 solo albums and clocked up more than 2,200 shows around the world, touring with the likes of Ben Folds, Frank Turner, British Sea Power, The National, Elbow, Bellowhead, Franz Nicolay (Hold Steady), Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson and many others.

Chris has been a piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Frank Turner and Jim Bob (Carter USM). He has performed at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals; on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square; and in 2011 took a one-man show of A.A. Milne’s 1920s children’s poetry to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He has composed music on commission for The World Health Organisation, Natural History Museum and Halloween Society – and wrote the theme to British horror film The Outer Darknessfor BloodyCuts Films.

The new Chris T-T solo album 9 Green Songs (released 3rd June, 2016 on Xtra Mile Recordings) is a collection of radical songs, with a dark ecological flavour.

Chris writes for Dark Mountain,, Louder Than War, New Public Thinkers and others – and for several years wrote a weekly arts column for the UK’s only Socialist daily newspaper The Morning Star. He writes a popular, sometimes controversial blog.

He has spoken at TEDx, Brighton Digital Festival, Louder Than Words, Boring Conference, Great Escape Convention and many others. He has completed artist residencies at Leeds Beckett University, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Arts Residency Thailand.

Summer 2016, Chris was the inaugural Creative Fellow for Great Britain’s National Trust at The Workhouse in Southwell.

In his home town of Brighton, Chris hosts weekly late night folk radio show Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire on Juice 107.2 (FM / DAB in Sussex, UK) – archived to stream worldwide via

One of the great underground artists of our time.
JON SNOW (Channel 4 News)

Outstanding, indispensable genius. Chris T-T is a modern-day William Blake. Songs so unfettered they never had moorings to slip.
SUNDAY TIMES (Top 5 Album Of The Year, twice)

Fantastic. Tells tales of political and moral dilemma with the grace and fluency of a modern-day Pablo Neruda.

There’s no pomp about Chris T-T’s sound. Its modesty would undermine his talent if it weren’t for the brilliance of his lyrics and the subtle quality of his music. Folk has almost become a dirty word but Chris writes songs that affirm its relevance – he has the ability to touch one’s soul. Chris T-T is a folk singer and he’s brilliant.

The genius that is Chris T-T. Wonderful stuff.

A man we can trust with our lives. If Chris was standing for London Mayor I’d vote for him.

Just brilliant.

Makes me laugh, inspires me and gives me pause for thought. An exceptional songwriter.

The finest English folk singer for 20 years.

Very beautiful songs.
CAROLINE LUCAS MP (UK’s only Green Party Member of Parliament)

He’s an institution: an unsung national gem of a songwriter.

The genius in Chris T-T’s songwriting is his ability to humanise even the most outlandish conceits, until they seem instead like brilliant ideas nobody else would’ve come up with.

Darkness looms beneath the humour as songs return to themes of social and mental breakdown. Inventive, widescreen arrangements. A seductive brand of 21st century English psychedelia.

Soapbox preachers such as Frank Turner and Jon McClure might seem to be saturating the protest song market but Chris T–T has something extra to offer. When he’s not championing social justice in familiar fashion, he’s exploring relationship dynamics with warmth and intelligence. Still, when Chris goes back to his ranty roots he’s most inspiring. Fighting talk, just when we most need it.

Very, very brilliant.
Rolling Stone

Genuine hairs on the back of the neck stuff. An incredible voice, heartbreaking, soaring and compelling all in one. Both a surprise and a joy to listen to: Chris T–T pulls something special out of the bag and brings it all to the table. Stunning from start to finish.

One of the most consistently fascinating artists of the past decade. The album challenges through intimacy. Starkly majestic, the title track is sung with a simplicity and truth that would put the likes of Radiohead to shame. This is the stuff of a rare and enduring talent.

A powerful enough performance to silence a rammed Acoustic Tent into flabbergasted awe. Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs, luckily we found the best one. And cor, this guy can sing! Fantastic. He goes off to rapturous applause.
DROWNED IN SOUND (live review)

Tickets £10 advance, more on the door, available at this link and also at Jumbo Records.

I Am Not Your Negro: with panel hosted by Leeds Tidal

I am not your negro

When: Saturday 6th May from 15:00 to 18:30

Where: Hyde Park Picture House, LS6 1JD.

What: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and rich archival material, to produce a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Following this screening on Saturday 6th May, Leeds Tidal will be hosting a discussion panel with Black Lives Matter UK, to discuss current race relations in light of the uncomfortable histories retold in the film. This event is part of Educate, Agitate, Organise an activist gathering at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union on the 29th of April – more info & tickets here.

There are additional standalone screenings of this film on Friday 5th and Wednesday 10th May at 7pm.


DIRECTOR: Raoul Peck
DETAILS: France/United States, 2017, 93mins, certificate TBC
DOC FEAT: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett
TICKETS: Normal ticket prices apply.

Visit the Hyde Park Picture House website here.