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Courtesy Big Up Fest

Big Up festival of art and social change

  • Sat 4 & Sun 5 Nov
  • The Tetley
  • Pay What You Can

In the wilds and winding streets of West Yorkshire, a diverse ecology of community arts and social change work is thriving and flourishing, creating and instigating.

This work can sometimes be overlooked, which is where BIG UP steps in and plugs in the amp.

In building networks between creatives, social change-makers and audiences, the aim is to make the voices of change too loud to ignore.

This is not just a one-off event, but the culmination of months of meaningful development and community building, with regeneration, resilience and resurgence at its core.

Line up

Saturday 4 November


Big Up Opening Ceremony and Exhibition

Vandal Factory Live Podcast: Arts and Activism

Big Up Community Meal

Performance: Leeds Community Poets

Youth Parliament Speech with Geraldine Connor Foundation

DJ School UK Showcase

Leeds Community Music Collective Performance

BIG UP Open Mic

Henny Hurtz Album Launch

Cara-Mia DJ Set

City Workshop

Leeds Community Music Collective

Shirley Cooper Gallery

Breakdancing and Graffiti Workshop with Hello Hip Hop

Gallery 6: BFD Takeover

Working Class Storytelling Workshop (Ages 12+)

Freedom Through Music Lyric Writing Workshop with Rapper KG (Ages 12+)

The Great Rap Debate Workshop (Ages 12+)

Change the Narrative Creative Writing Workshop (ages 12+)

Sunday 5 November


Big Up Conversation: Open Space Technology with Saphra Bennet and Asher Jael


This event is part of The Tetley’s Our Community Takeover programme, unfolding across November and December 2023.

The building will open for a joyous programme of performances, events and gallery takeovers that celebrates the principles, partnerships and connections we have fostered through its participation programme over the last ten years.


  • This event is taking place across our Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor.
  • There are accessible toilets on our Ground and Second Floors.
  • Our lift is located at the rear of our building for access to all floors.
  • Please call us on 0113 320 2323 or email info@thetetley.org if you have any specific questions about access.

Getting here

Please note, there are no onsite parking facilities at The Tetley. Our nearest car park is RCP Parking on Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD.

For more information about visiting The Tetley, click here.