Leeds 2023: Children's Day Reimagined
"It has been 60 years since the last Children’s Day took place in Leeds’ famous Roundhay Park. Drawing inspiration from this part of the city’s heritage, LEEDS 2023 has been working with artists and children from the city to reimagine Children’s Day for Leeds’ Year of Culture. The event, designed by, with and for children, will be a joyful celebration of the children of Leeds and will take place in Soldiers Field in Roundhay Park over the course of Friday 14th July.
More than 1,000 children from around 20 primary schools across Leeds have been preparing for ‘Children’s Day: Reimagined’ for weeks, creatively led by arts organisation Fevered Sleep in collaboration with Young Creatives (eleven 8-14 year olds from across Leeds), award winning British singer and composer, Emily Levy, and York-based textile artist Ingrid Bale.
The children will come together for the first time on 14th July when their combined work will create an epic artistic installation of 1,000 banners that express their dreams, hopes, demands, refusals, fierce joy and wild hope. This snapshot of statements from Leeds children in 2023 will form a striking backdrop to an evening of live performances, food and film, including the first collective performance of a new song, to an anticipated audience of thousands of family, friends and the general public.
A programme of films will be shown, commissioned and chosen by Young Creatives and by Fevered Sleep, including a film created by Leeds-based Studio Bokehgo.
At its height the original Children’s Day was attended by around 90,000 school children and families in Roundhay Park. Fevered Sleep and the Young Creatives have picked up that mantle and totally reimagined the day with children at the front and centre."