What’s On in Yorkshire this November

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This is a FOREST

Until 26 November

Moda, Leeds

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This is a Forest

Multi-media exhibition ‘This is a FOREST’ at New York House in Quarry Hill, Leeds, will showcase new work by award-winning Yorkshire-based interactive arts studio, Invisible Flock, collaborating with five UK and international artists from the Arctic Circle to the Brazilian Amazon. Through sculpture, film, ceramics and installation, ‘This is a FOREST’, which is part of LEEDS 2023, tells the story of the artists’ journey across sites in Leeds in an attempt to reclaim a part of the city as a forest.



Florian Gadsby

4 November –25 February, 2024

YSP Centre 

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Florian Gadsby

This winter, Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents a new body of work by world-renowned ceramic artist and social media sensation, Florian Gadsby. By My Hands at YSP is a

celebration of this incredible young artist’s journey from apprentice to worldwide acclaim.

It features new and tried-and-tested shapes, angled and simple forms, and beautiful pots coated in iron fired numerous times. 



Mark Thomas

8-9 November

Stephen Joseph, Scarborough

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Prepare to be taken on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth and stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him. England & Son was written specifically for Mark by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards. With some deep, dark laughs – and some deep, dark love – along the way, this is a one-man play based on characters from Mark’s own childhood as well as Ed’s personal experience in jail.



Christmas Markets

Throughout November

The Piece Hall

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The season gets off to a cracker of a start in November with the ever-popular Christmas Markets. Running from Friday through to Sunday on the last three weekends of the month, there will be musical entertainment and late-night opening. There will be 50 stalls of the very best local artisan products and produce to browse, while enjoying a mulled wine or hot chocolate, with special seasonal treats and offers for shoppers at the cafes, bars and restaurants. In the run up to the big day, The Piece Hall will open late every Thursday for extended shopping time at its treasure trove of high-quality independent shops and boutiques.



Smart Works Ball

15 November

The Marriott Leeds

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Fashion as a Force for Good Ball in Leeds

Smart Works Leeds, the charity that dresses and coaches unemployed women for job and interview success, hosts a fundraising ball and awards ceremony to celebrate its 4th anniversary and the best of Yorkshire fashion. Guests are encouraged to dress in pre-loved, confidence-boosting outfits, and the awards will honour supporting businesses alongside fashion designers, influencers, stylists and retail outlets that support their communities and show sustainability awareness.



Simon Reeve

18 November

Sheffield City Hall

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Simon Reeve – To The Ends of The Earth

This new show will see the adventurer aim to inspire audiences to embark on more journeys and make the most of their chances to have wild experiences in the great outdoors. With behind-the-scenes footage and stunning imagery, Simon will share surprising and thrilling stories, deeper thoughts and hearty laughs. Simon has been hailed as ‘British television’s most adventurous traveller’. His travels have taken him to more than 130 countries, across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world.


Smorgasbord for the senses

The Being Human Festival returns across the UK, with Yorkshire hosting special events

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Pink Floyd

Dive into cheese riots, explore artificial intelligence, unravel supernatural tales, and immerse yourself in some of the 220+ free events taking place during Being Human Festival 2023 this November. The full programme includes a huge variety of eclectic experiences in venues including museums, libraries, converted fish factories and bombed-out churches across the UK from 9-18 November. 

The underlying theme of this year’s festival is “Rhyme or Reason”, within which other themes are explored, including the culture of food, mental health, creative writing and water. The latter includes opportunities to write eco-poetry aboard a canal cruise on the seldom-seen waterways of Sheffield.

Other local events include a unique event at Chapel FM.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s seminal album Dark Side of the Moon. Go along to this radio workshop on 12 November to help create material for an upcoming broadcast on Chapel FM. Discover and rediscover the music and lyrics of Dark Side of the Moon and gain new perspectives and contexts to the album from a range of research and creative practice. 

This workshop is open to all and will particularly appeal to those interested in Pink Floyd, rock music, broadcast radio, writing and issues of neurodiversity and mental health. Suitable for ages 18 and over. Chapel FM is a community radio station based in East Leeds.  

See more Yorkshire listings at beinghumanfestival.org

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