The directors that brought you our opening ceremony - The Awakening - invite you to a very special closing show, The Gifting. With original music by Rash Dash, and design by Keith Khan, this is a rare theatre experience.
Drawing from the magic of the darker winter nights and the dawning of a new year. The Gifting is a story-telling ceremony in which the past collides with the present and welcomes in the future.
Gather outside Leeds' very own film studios, Versa Studios in Holbeck. Put on headphones and enter into a surprising world to experience 12 stories inspired by the Year of Culture. A final event that promises beauty, joy and hope in equal measure.
You won't want to miss it!
A unique event with beauty, song and stories at its heart. Something special and unforgettable to end the year. Gather outside Leeds’ very own movie studios - Versa Studios in Holbeck, put on headphones and enter the large, cavernous space to experience twelve individual stories inspired by the Year of Culture told through performance, dance, song and illusion. You’ll be guided on this journey by Khorin Khorin Gurav; an experience which will live long in the memory.
We cannot wait to see you there.
Alan Lane, co-director of The Gifting and Artistic Director of Slung Low appeared on Sanchez Payne's show on BBC Radio Leeds on 5 October to discuss The Gifting.
You can read the transcript and find our more about The Gifting now.
The Gifting is, in part, inspired by Northern Dreaming. Northern Dreaming is a free book published by LEEDS 2023 and the British Library that will be gifted to every child in Leeds born in 2023. The book is a collection of poetry and stories by 18 early career and published writers. The book is available to collect, for free, from various locations in Leeds, including from all Leeds libraries.
As our final celebration of this wonderful year it feels like an appropriate time to look back on 2023.
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