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Transform 17

“Urgent and of the moment.”
— YORKSHIRE POST

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, to 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,the world premiere of The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor and new work by Grace Surman and Selina Thompson.

Transform 17 presented UK premieres by El Conde de Torrefiel, machina eX and Florentina Holzinger & Vincent RiebeekLive 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
“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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