16-25 Nov 2018

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Sat 19 – Sun 20 Nov, Four sessions daily at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm


This is am outdoor walking tour around the city so please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Playbox 01 is accessible but is limited in size. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have special access requirements.


Sovereign Square, LS1 4DA

Where to build the walls that protect us is an opportunity to imagine a future LEEDS - your city of Leeds. Architects or planners might call it a ‘charrette’ - an intensive, collaborative enquiry that seeks to solve a complex design issue. This playful exercise won’t get distracted by Utopian visions, or worry too much about logistics. But, with one eye on the persistent fiscal crisis and the challenges of climate change, and the other on our dreams, let’s look at Leeds and envisage it afresh.

Small groups will walk and talk with selected city experts and model four possible future cities. Each model will have a different theme:  "climate and terrain’, ‘buildings and the life between them’, ‘industry and commerce’, and ‘mobility and communications’. 

Stephen will accompanied by artist Matt Fletcher and will be joined on the walks by

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council Ward member for Kirkstall and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability who was involved in the clean-up in Kirkstall following last December's floods in a very hands-on way. Lucinda will bring her experience to the Climate and Terrain walk. 

Tom Forth works to bring data alive - even the driest of economic statistics and is a leading advocate on re-thinking the economy of the north of England. Tom brings a unique insight into how Leeds might grasp its future on the Industry and Commerce walk.

Rob Greenland, is a social entrepreneur whose most recent project was forming a team to launch Leeds Community Homes just last month. Several years ago, Rob gave up car ownership and follows the developing transport strategy with a critical eye. He adds his perspective to the Mobility and Communications walk.

Architect Simon Baker founded Leeds-based Group Ginger Architects - a practice offering an accessible and engaging design which focuses on place, identity and distinction. Based close to the Leeds waterfront and a contributor to projects to rethink this space, Simon offers his urban design and architectural expertise on the Buildings and the Life Between Them walk. Expect to discover zombie spaces a well as potent plots!

Each themed walk followed is by model making to form four possible future cities in Playful Anywhere's Playbox01 shipping container. 

So come for a short walk, join the conversation and contribute to the model-making. Or just drop by and watch the city emerge.


Originally Commissioned by Kaleider and supported by Arts Council England 

Presented with support from Playful Anywhere and Leeds City Council. 





CompassFestival Welcome

  • Fri 16 Nov

    Crowd of Favours


Closed Forum PresentsThe Journey

  • Fri 16 – Sun 25 Nov

    Geeks Room CIC

Available throughout the festival. Artist Talk 23 Nov, 6pm, Geeks Room CIC Unit 32, 3 Bramley Shopping Centre

Etheridge & PersighettiPublic House

  • Fri 16 – Sun 25 Nov

    Crowd of Favours

Launch event: Fri 16 Nov, 7pm
Beer Glasses available throughout the festival, along Kirkgate

Rosana Cade, Charlie Cauchi and Claire NolanWalking : Holding

  • Sat 17 Nov

    Leeds Art Gallery

Film screening, 3pm | (45mins followed by Q&A)

Jack TanFour Legs Good

  • Sat 17 – Sat 24 Nov

    Leeds Town Hall

Exhibition 17-24 Nov
Day of live court hearings Sat 24 Nov, 1pm-6.30pm

ScotteeWould like to meet

  • Sat 17 – Sun 25 Nov

    St. Peter’s Mount

Open all day

Image of voting box in City Square

Redhawk LogisticaMeasures of Us

  • Seacroft | Beeston | Gipton | Bramley | Holbeck | Woodhouse | Leeds City Square

Neighbourhood Voting: Mon 19 – Fri 23 Nov
City Centre Exhibition: Sat 24 Nov, 12pm - 7pm. Artist talk 4pm, FREE

Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen Steam of Life

  • Thu 22 Nov

    North Star Coffee Roastery

Doors and food 6.30pm. Film screening 7pm (80mins)

Sarah Caputo & Brenda Unwin1000 Handshakes

  • Thu 22 – Sat 24 Nov

    Leeds City Bus Station

10am-7pm, FREE

Debbie Kent & Alisa OlevaThe Demolition Project

  • Fri 23 – Sat 24 Nov

    Leeds Kirkgate Market

10am - 4pm, Artist talk Sat 24 Nov, 4pm

Bethany WellsWarmth

  • Fri 23 – Sun 25 Nov

    Leeds Dock (outside Primal Gym)

1pm-9pm | Bring your own towel or borrow one of ours. Changing rooms, lockers and showers are available., FREE

French & MottersheadWaterborne

  • Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov

    Leeds Dock

Hourly sailings between 12-8pm

Diverse ActionsCritical Writing Workshop

  • Sun 25 Nov

    Live Art Bistro


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