Leeds for Change Presents... Summat New!


Join us for the launch of Leeds for Change!

Over 20 Workshops | Guest speaker panels | Art | Film | Music | Food | Kids Space | Comedy

Get connected, share skills and join in action for change, with a day of guest speaker panels, workshops hosted by groups from Leeds and further afield, films, singing and lots in between for all ages!

In the evening, we will be celebrating with dinner cooked by The Real Junk Food Project, music courtesy of Summat New’s own workshop choir, and comedy from some exciting guests.

We are delighted to be working with The Economic Justice Project. Check them out.

You can now get yourself registered!

The evening tickets have already sold out, but we’ve got plenty of day tickets left that you can book on eventbrite.

Can you spare £3?

We are also looking to raise the last £1367 we need for Summat New from you! If everyone coming to the event donated just £3 we’d be sorted! You can now get your donation doubled by using Tidal’s Local Giving page. But the catch is that once the match funding pot is empty, that’s it, no more donations will be doubled. So get there quick and donate a few pounds!

Want to know more? You can read a shortened version of the full programme online, and here are a few extracts…

Guest Speakers Include;

  • Paul Mason – Channel 4 Economics Editor, prolific author and digital media guru
  • Pragna Patel – Founder of Southall Black Sisters, activist and listed in the Guardian’s 100 Top Women
  • Clara Osagiede – RMT representative, powerful living wage campaigner for London Underground cleaners
  • Eleanor Lisney – Sisters of Frida, a Disabled Women’s Cooperative
  • Tina Louise Rothery – community activist on extreme energy
  • Representatives from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty – campaign group fighting austerity measures



We will have 26 workshops to introduce new ideas and campaigns, share skills and resources, and connect individuals and groups from around the city and beyond. These include sessions from Reclaim The Power, Urban Sprawl, White Rose Ladies Speakers, Leeds Cycling Campaign, Hannah Directory and Leeds Quakers… See the full list in our programme.

The Market Place

As well as workshops to introduce groups to participants we will also have a marketplace of 40 stalls in the foyer of LUU. Come here to meet community groups, campaigning organisations and other people who do things that we think create positive change in Leeds.


We will have FREE childcare available for children aged 3 and over. Run by experienced volunteers, you will be able to use this facility for up to two hours during the day. We will also have workshops available for children to get involved with, in this space, from Leeds DEC, Woodcraft Folk and a Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate doing an interactive dance performance.

Choir workshop

From 2pm to 4pm, Isolde Freeth-Hale will be leading a workshop for singers of all ages and abilities to come along and sing! The group will be learning two songs, which will then be performed in the evening, alongside other choirs from Leeds. If you are interested in getting involved in this, we will be announcing what songs the group will be learning a couple of weeks before.


In collaboration with the Leeds Radical Film Network and Leeds International Film Festival, we are showing two hours of films from around the world about fighting back, resisting injustice and standing up for equality.


From 7pm, we will have a pay-as-you-feel dinner from The Real Junk Food Project, music from the Summat New workshop choir and other choirs from around Leeds, and comedy from Chris Coltrane. This is all FREE, but you will need to ensure you register, as there are limited places for dinner.

How can you help with Summat New?

1. Tell everyone! Join the facebook event for updates, share it, tweet about it, email people and help us distribute flyers and posters. Get in touch for printed materials.

2. The event is FREE to attend, but donations towards running costs can be made through LocalGiving. If you make a donation on or after Tuesday 14th October then your money will be DOUBLED!

3. Volunteer on the day

With 1000 people expected to come through the Summat New doors and 26 carefully timed workshops, you can see that we’ll need a bit of help! We’re looking for a bunch of volunteers to help out on the day, so have a read about the different roles and how to apply.

Read more…

Now, have you decided you’re coming? Then get yourself registered!! It’s free and only takes a few minutes.

Supported by…

There are so many people who are generously giving their time, money, resources and expertise to this event, but just to name a few:

The AMAZING and generous Gary Hanna who has crafted the logo and all the beautiful design that you see on this page, facebook, twitter and in leaflets and posters. You should check out his website of beautiful design.

All the wonderful volunteers helping in the run up to the event and you superb people volunteering on the day. Thank you!

Some excellent funders who are helping us pay for all this, including Leeds Inspired/Leeds City Council (funding the arts activities), Leeds TUC, Lush (as part of a Tidal grant for the Skills and Support network) and the Economic Justice Project. Thank you.