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Garforth Arts Festival 2010
Seth Lakeman
Devon-born Lakeman is at the forefront of the folk revival in the UK

It's that time of year again when there seems to be an arts festival on every weekend.

One of the best recent additions to the roster takes place right here in Leeds, or more unusually in its suburbs.

Garforth Arts Festival was born in 2005
as an eight-day celebration of local arts performers mixed with international acts.

Since then the festival has gone from strength to strength and expanded to 13 days of events.

Musically, the highlights of the 2010 festival will be the likes of Seth Lakeman, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and the London Community Gospel Choir.

Mercury Music Prize nominated Seth Lakeman is one of the fastest-rising stars on the folk roots scene. His two albums so far have met with considerable mainstream success and he mixes his folk stylings with a rockier sound.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly aka Sam Duckworth

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is in reality Sam Duckworth. Sam has released three albums of what has been described as an indie/emo fusion.

The London Community Gospel Choir was founded in 1982 for what was supposed to be a one-off concert. Initially 120-strong, these days the LCGC wavers between an octet and a 30-strong choir that performs all over the world.

Dance is well-represented at this year's event as the Phoenix Dance project comes to fruition. Working with over 200 students at Garforth Community College over an eight week period, the result will be a huge en masse dance performance at The Playground Party, on the final day of the festival.

West Yorkshire Youth Dance Festival sees talented school and youth groups representing each of the five districts of West Yorkshire, deliver a varied night of dance genres.

The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company from South Africa will mix their harmonious voices with a vigourous approach to dance in a kaleidoscope of dynamic traditional Zulu culture.

Poetry fans will be delighted to welcome veteran poet and entertainer John Hegley alongside Leeds' own Rommi Smith in events dedicated to the written word.

In addition there's a whole heap of other attractions througout the festival - more details on the Garforth Arts Festival website.

The sixth Garforth Arts Festival takes place from Monday 28 June until Saturday 10 July 2010.





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