Events

Girl Gang Leeds Presents: ‘Skate Kitchen’ (Crystal Moselle, 2018) + After-screening Skateboarding Session

As part of Scalarama film festival, Girl Gang Leeds presents a screening of Crystal Moselle’s ‘Skate Kitchen’ (2018) followed by an (optional!) skateboarding workshop.

The event aims to spotlight the representation of women and people of marginalised genders in skateboarding – so whether you’re a skating pro or simply have a passing interest, this event is for you!

Inspired by the real life, all-girl skate collective in Brooklyn NY, ‘Skate Kitchen’ tells the story of Camille, a teenaged skateboarder who becomes friends with a group of fellow women skaters, cruising the streets of Brooklyn while attempting to navigate life.

Girl Gang Leeds will be joined by:
– Rollin’ With The Girls (RWTG) – a Leeds-based collective of female skateboarders
– Leeds Girls Can – the regional branch of a nationwide campaign advocating the presence and visibility of women in sports
– Artist Erin Brier whose photographic work has foregrounded women skateboarders.

Please note that to ensure a safe space for workshop practice, this event is exclusive to women and people of marginalised genders.

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Accessibility information:

At LS-TEN skate park access ramps are available and ready for use. There is a disability lift from the ground floor to the first floor and fully equipped disabled toilets. Parking is available at LS-Ten. Assistance dogs are welcome.

For any further information please contact LS-TEN at hello@ls-ten.org or drop Girl Gang Leeds an email at girlgangleeds@gmail.com

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We expect everyone to be able to have a good time at our events. We won’t tolerate harassment or abuse of any kind, and we work closely with our venues to maintain a safe environment for all.

If you see or experience something that needs to be reported – please talk to us or a member of staff. We’re working hard to create safe, empowering spaces and we value your contribution to our positive community!

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GIRL GANG Leeds is a creative community working to celebrate and uplift people in Leeds by creating fun, safe and empowering spaces for women and non-binary people.

We put on parties, workshops, meetups, exhibitions and more, and are always seeking new collaborations.

Girl Gang Leeds is a sister community with Girl Gang Edinburgh, Girl Gang Manchester and Girl Gang Sheffield.

The Help – Free Film Night in The Bistro

Come along and watch the inspiring film, The Help at The Bistro, Blackburne House.

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Tickets are free, but you can donate any amount you wish – and by doing this, you are directly helping educate women at Blackburne House. We are a charity who’s primary aim is to educate and train women (some disadvantaged) to change their lives.

We do ask that you buy one soft or alcoholic beverage – and a delicious supper menu will be available to purchase.

AV Club: Kusama: Infinity – Scalarama

Many people recognise Yayoi Kusama’s bold work, but do you know the woman behind the art?

Kusama: Infinity is the fascinating story of the queen of polka dots, Yayoi Kusama, one of the most popular artists in the world today. The film traces Kusama’s trajectory from a conservative upbringing in Japan to battling sexism and racism in 1960s NYC to her unstoppable rise to international fame.

2018 | USA | 80 mins | Cert. 12A

 Language: English and Japanese with subtitles

Director: Heather Lenz

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV8jx5UPCRA

Tickets are £3 (plus 83p booking fee) and can be purchased online through Eventbrite or on the door. Nobody will be turned away because of lack of funds.

Doors will open at 6 pm, the film will start at 6:30 pm.

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Accessibility information:

There are two ways to enter the front of the building, one option is through the big glass doors across the front of the building, if it’s a warmer day they will be pushed open or on cooler days the panel of the doors with a handle can be opened. These doors have a frame to step over, which is approx 7cm high.

The second option is through the yellow door to the right of the glass doors, this door is always propped open during the day. There is one step at this entrance, or a portable ramp is available. Once through the entrance, you take a left to get into Sheaf St, through a self-closing door and down a slight ramp.

The bar itself is on the ground floor, is full height and has no lowered section. There are toilets in the event space where the screening will be held, they are for people of all genders, this room includes urinals and cubicles. There is also a single cubicle toilet back through the self-closing door mentioned previously, then through a second self-closing door, there is one step down through this door, then another step up into the toilet cubicle. A wheelchair-accessible toilet is available on request with vertical and horizontal grab rails around the toilet and a pull cord alarm. 

There will be folding chairs, with backs, available to sit on during the screening, or if you’d like to arrange a space for a wheelchair, please get in touch.

Parking is available on Sheaf Street and is free of charge after 6 pm.

Assistance dogs are allowed.

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If you have any questions you can contact Sheaf St at hello@sheafst.com.

This screening is part of Scalarama Leeds. Scalarama is a celebration of cinema, for everyone, by everyone, everywhere, taking place every September. Find out more about Scalarama here: https://scalarama.com

Rafiki

Inspired by Ugandan Author Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize-winning short storyJambula Tree, Wanuri Kahiu’s acclaimed Rafiki (meaning ‘friend’ in Swahili) is a tender love story about the blossoming romance between two young women amid familial, societal and political pressures.

In Nairobi, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) is helping her father campaign for a local election when she meets and befriends Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), the daughter of his rival. As their relationship deepens, so too do the stakes, forcing them to choose between openness and secrecy, happiness and safety.