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Leeds wants talent

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-01-22

Leeds Jewish Festival

Leeds Jewish Festival

The annual Leeds Jewish Festival is on the look out for performers to take part at its 2007 event in September.

Taking place from September 2 to September 6 at the Carriageworks Theatre, the festival is hoping to attract talent from not just the UK but also around the world.

Last year, a record audience of 4000 people attended a diverse range of programming including music, drama and comedy.

"In the past acts have not only been home-grown, such as Los Desterrados and the musical Sophie Tuckers One Night Stand, London, but also come from the USA, Canada, Israel and Latvia. The level of talent has been amazing," said festival director Ellie Ruhan. "This year, we would very much like to showcase more drama as this always proves extremely popular."

While performers are not paid, Ruhan said those accepted to be on the billing will free accommodation and can offer help towards travel expenses. According to Ruhan, being at the festival can also help performers raise their profile and sell their material.

"The festival has for some acts been a great stepping stone for them and we always encourage artistes to sell their CDs and DVDs, using our stage as a platform to promote themselves.”

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