Transform 17

“Urgent and of the moment.”
Yorkshire Post
Wellness, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Transform 17

Transform 17 was our boldest festival yet, and our very first citywide, international edition. Coursing through theatres, arts venues and outdoor spaces, Transform 17 took place across eight Leeds venues and explored everything from activism,  community collaboration, the digital age, gender politics, and the future of Europe.

The festival featured the world premiere of major outdoor show The Darkest Corners by RashDash, alongside new works and projects by Javaad Alipoor, Grace Surman and Selina Thompson.
Transform 17 also presented UK premieres by international artists El Conde de Torrefiel, machina eX and Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek. Live Art Bistro were commissioned to create our closing party, Eurotopia, an audio visual spectacle. Each day there were conversations, events and celebrations at our Festival Centre and across the city.

“Offers an alternative take on what theatre can do.”
Culture Vulture
Festival Centre, Studio 24, Transform 17
Festival Centre, Studio 24, Transform 17
Opening Night Party, Transform 17
Wellness, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Transform 17
Wellness, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Transform 17
Wellness, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Transform 17
The Darkest Corners, RashDash, Transform 17
The Darkest Corners, RashDash, Transform 17
The Darkest Corners, RashDash, Transform 17
The Believers are but Brothers, Javaad Alipoor, Transform 17
The Believers are but Brothers, Javaad Alipoor, Transform 17
Mother Load, Grace Surman, Transform 17
Guerrilla, El Conde de Torrefiel, Transform 17
Guerrilla, El Conde de Torrefiel, Transform 17
Lessons of Leaking, machina eX, Transform 17
The Missy Elliott Project, Selina Thompson, Transform 17
FK Alexander at Eurotopia, Live Art Bistro, Transform 17
Holzinger & Riebeek at Eurotopia, Live Art Bistro, Transform 17
“Celebrate the Transform Festival’s outward-looking, forward-thinking and variegated offering this year.”
British Theatre Guide

Transform 17 was produced by Transform, in partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse and citywide organisations. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Leeds 2023, Leeds BID, Foyle Foundation, Goethe-Institut and Leeds Beckett Performing Arts

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