âUnder the Paving Stones, The Beach' is a festival of art featuring artists from across the UK. This one-off festival in the Chapeltown area of Leeds will offer a fun, engaging and thought provoking programme of arts activities.
The free events will include exhibitions, book launches, public discussion, games and parties. Working in partnership with local landlords and businesses expect to see art in a variety of spaces, from internet-based and billboard projects, to gardens, cafes and disused buildings which have been dusted down and reopened especially for the occasion.
âUnder the paving stones, the beach' is a translation of the Situationist International slogan âsous les pavés, la plage' used during the protests of May '68 in Paris. The slogan refers to both the practice of lifting paving stones by rioters to use against police in demonstration but also the possibility of imagining the city beyond what is obvious in our current social and urban organisation. Both ideas are relevant in Chapeltown, a place known both for its incredible but often overlooked multicultural and archeological importance as well as its very well documented social problems and violent past.
Organiser: East Street Arts - A Leeds based contemporary arts organization. Their mission is to support artists and makers by providing affordable studio spaces, tailored professional development and creative programmes. For more information on the artists involved and specific events, please visit
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