2017

Where it all began

How it all began…
Way back in the mists of time – well, the summer of 1977 actually – a small group of like-minded people decided the market town of Leek should do more to to shout about the wealth of artistic and cultural talent its people possessed.

Thus was born Leek Arts Festival and into the world it came, kicking and struggling, for a week of events including a piano recital, a generous helping of folk music and a concert by Leek Choral Society.

So well received was Leek’s inaugural arts festival that within a few short years it was expanded – first to two weeks and then to cover the whole of May each year with a programme of more than 40 events.

Artists to have delighted Leek audiences over the years have included famous choirs and brass bands such as the Morriston Orpheus Choir and the Black Dyke Mills Band; members of the Halle Orchestra, Humphrey Littleton, Helen Shapiro, George Melly, Steve Gibbons, Climax Blues Band and, of course, the ever popular Fairport Convention.
And the programme now encompasses a whole range of non-music events including the Moorlands Open Arts Exhibition, poetry and prose, film and photography.Homegrown talent – including Demon and Hunter – have also featured heavily in the programme and the festival has provided a solid foundation for many artists and bands from across the UK and beyond who have subsequently gone on to greater things.

Despite various financial hiccups, the enthusiastic band of volunteers who make Leek Arts Festival happen each year, put their heart and soul into assembling the programme and trying – successfully, so far – to ensure it at least breaks even.

And a shortage of funding is often not the only headache to be overcome. In April 2012, just 10 days before the festival was due to get under way, we were informed that The Swan – the central venue for festival events for more than 30 years – was to close with immediate effect.

That particular crisis was solved by the actions of the Foxlowe Arts Centre trustees who stepped in and offered their facilities to a festival committee desperate for a new home.

As things turned out, the move to the Foxlowe proved more successful than either party could have imagined, with improved audiences at festival events and prodigious bar takings for the arts centre.

The Foxlowe Arts Centre is now the official home of Leek Arts Festival and we look forward to a long and happy relationship in the years to come.

Upcoming Events
Apr
29
Sat
8:30 pm Richard Digance Golden Anniversa... @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Richard Digance Golden Anniversa... @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm
Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | Leek | United Kingdom
Richard is a BAFTA Nominated  entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic[...]
Apr
30
Sun
7:00 pm The Situation Presents Louis Bar... @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
The Situation Presents Louis Bar... @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm
The Situation Presents Louis Barabbas plus support from John Dhali @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | Leek | United Kingdom
The Situation in collaboration with Leek Blues Americana present Louis Barabbas at The Foxlowe Arts Centre Former mime-artist and street-sweeper Louis Barabbas is a writer, performer and label director, best known for caustic love songs[...]
May
2
Tue
7:45 pm Cinema – Moonlight (15) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Cinema – Moonlight (15) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 2 @ 7:45 pm
Cinema - Moonlight (15) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Moonlight (15) Foxlowe Films will be showing films every Tuesday evening during the Arts Festival 2017. All screenings will start at 7.45 and cost £5.00 per ticket. For full details of dates etc visit www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk
May
3
Wed
7:00 pm History in the Making – Leek May... @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
History in the Making – Leek May... @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 3 @ 7:00 pm
History in the Making - Leek Mayor's Charity film show presented by Gerald Mee @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | Leek | United Kingdom
A film show by local historian Gerald Mee in aid of the Leek Mayor’s Charity Fund. All proceeds to the Mayor’s Charity Fund (event annually sponsored by Foxlowe Arts Centre) For further details call Julie[...]
May
4
Thu
7:30 pm Mark Olly presents: Mysteries of... @ Quaker Meeting House
Mark Olly presents: Mysteries of... @ Quaker Meeting House
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Mark Olly presents: Mysteries of Alderley Edge @ Quaker Meeting House | Overton Bank | England | United Kingdom
A talk on one of the most magical and mysterious sites in the North West including mines, caves, burials, landscape, mysteries and legends.
8:30 pm Leek’s Secret Comedy Club @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Leek’s Secret Comedy Club @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 4 @ 8:30 pm
Leek's Secret Comedy Club @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | Leek | United Kingdom
With Alan Hudson, Julian Deane, Jay Islam and compere Lou Conran Tickets available from The Foxlowe or online Doors open 60 minutes before performance begins  
May
5
Fri
8:00 pm Sound of the Sirens @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sound of the Sirens @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 5 @ 8:00 pm
Sound of the Sirens @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | Leek | United Kingdom
”…they are as tight as a drum, it doesn’t get much better than this” Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Sound of the Sirens are a foot-stomping, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their[...]
May
6
Sat
10:00 am Leek Open Studios
Leek Open Studios
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek Open Studios @ Leek | England | United Kingdom
Explore and be inspired by meeting some of Leek’s talented artists and makers in their studios and other creative spaces around the centre of Leek. Pick up a map from the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Spout[...]
2:00 pm The Situation’s 6th Birthday Bash @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
The Situation’s 6th Birthday Bash @ Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Situation's 6th Birthday Bash @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | Leek | United Kingdom
  The best local indie/alternative music on the current scene. All day event with The Gurus, 10 O’Clock Chemical, Mouses, Thieves Asylum, The Torch, Lumer, 1000 Wolves, Stu Whiston and more. Child friendly U15s free[...]
7:30 pm Wetley Rocks Male Voice Choir in... @ Trinity Church
Wetley Rocks Male Voice Choir in... @ Trinity Church
May 6 @ 7:30 pm
Wetley Rocks Male Voice Choir in concert with Audley Ladies Choir @ Trinity Church | England | United Kingdom
Wetley Rock Male Voice Choir in concert with Audley Ladies Choir Tickets £7 from Town Crier Newsagents, Derby Street, Leek Westwood Road Post Office Leek Phone 01538 388024 Or pay on the door