The Leeds Feast (Part II)
Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (GMT)
Imagine the heart of our city, alive – not just with the noise of commerce, but really alive.
Alive with a wide range of people meeting, talking, sharing food, playing games together, singing and making music – and much more...
This free gathering is for EVERYONE: of all ages and backgrounds, from every corner of the city and beyond.
The first-ever Leeds Midsummer Feast happened on Sunday 23rd June on Briggate: parky, modest, but pleasant...
And now, linking with the fab Leeds Skyride, there will be a second Feast on Millennium Square on Sunday 7th July. (Also the day of the Wimbledon mens final, due to be on the big screen there.)
Just bring yourself down - along with some or all of the following, if possible:
Food or drinks to share. We especially recommend tea and cake!
Cushions, rugs, picnic chairs, etc to sit on.
Songs to sing, and musical instruments to play. (Buskers, artists, choirs, circus skills folk etc especially welcome.)
Games and activities to enjoy with others (eg frisbees, knitting, garden games likes giant jenga, chalk to create a hopscotch space, chess, etc).
Maybe things you're passionate about and want to discuss with others (although obviously please don’t get preachy).
An openness to meet new folk and have a laugh.
… And owt else that you think will make for a nice time for everyone! (As long as it's legal, mobile, and ideally participatory.) This gathering is nowt except what we all bring and make of it!
Likewise, it's up to all of us to spread the word. Invite your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family. Organisations are invited to send invites out around their mailing lists. Facebook is handy for this kinda thing. And look for #LeedsFeast on Twitter.
The small print
This isn't a new idea: there've been community 'feasts' all around the city for centuries. But there aren't many opportunities for the city community to really gather as one. So Millennium Square is a perfect big space (with lots of sunlight, unlike Briggate!) for us to do so - specially on a Sunday afternoon, when precious little else is going on in town.
Note that there's no single organisation or person behind it – although lots of people have expressed support and enthusiasm. The idea is that we all publicise, form and host it together. On the day, just turn up, start hanging out with people, and let's see what happens.
Is this legal and responsible? Yes and yes. The European Court of Human Rights (!) guarantees us the right to free assembly. Out of courtesy, the Council, Highways and Police are being informed – but as long as we don’t break the law, we’ve been reassured that we're free to assemble.
Relevant laws are... Obstruction of the highway (we'll need to be sure to give the odd delivery van the right of way); public order (no rioting please); and criminal damage (we really need to respect the space).
Please note that although it's not against the law to drink alcohol on Millennium Square, it is a 'DPPO' so you can potentially be asked by the police to stop drinking and give up your drinks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_in_public#England_and_Wales. (It then becomes an offence if you continue to do so.) You have been warned!
There are other practicalities to consider: eg please bring only plastic cups and bottles, not glass; and please no hard balls (eg cricket balls) for the games. We'll also want to ensure there's zero litter left afterwards.
We’re confident that’s all well within our collective powers. But input on any of this would be great: please feel free to throw your ideas onto Twitter via the #LeedsFeast hashtag.
This is a totally free event. If you want to sell stuff (eg food), you'll need to talk with the Council in the normal way.
When & Where
The people of Leeds
There's no single organisation or person behind this. The idea is that we all publicise, form and host it together. Thanks in advance for helping to make it happen!