Countdown to packed programme for Staff Festival 2019

Final preparations are being made ahead of this year’s exciting instalment of the hugely popular Staff Festival.

Colleagues enjoying the carnival atmosphere at Staff Festival 2018

Staff Festival 2018

A packed programme has been finalised, featuring food and drink, workshops, fairground rides, stalls and live music for all ages.

All colleagues, family and friends are invited to join us on campus from 3-7pm on Friday 28 June for what promises to be a hugely entertaining afternoon of activities and attractions.

Following feedback from last year’s event, the dodgems will be making a welcome return alongside the ever-popular Ferris wheel. And among the exciting new attractions for 2019 will be inflatable climbing, a surf simulator, Sumo suits, a gladiator game and a giant version of Hungry Hippos!

Children will be entertained by a miniature railway, ride-on cars, a bouncy castle, face painters and candyfloss, as well as an arts and crafts workshop for youngsters aged 11+ with the Rocket Mobile Studio.

One of the many popular workshops held during last year’s Staff Festival. June 2019One of the many popular workshops held during last year's Staff Festival 

Other wonderful workshops include making Festival streamers, free-hand body art, fresh flower button-hold making, a DJ school, aromatherapy, cocktail making, paper quilling and beer tasting with Leeds Brewery. Places are filling up fast for those workshops requiring advance booking. Visit the LOGIK Centre (with the relevant fee) by noon on Thursday 27 June to sign up.

Mouth-watering food and drink stalls will be selling a tempting range of tasty treats, including a hog roast, desserts, pancakes, pretzels, brownies, olives, fish and chips, curry, ice cream, cocktails, gin, beer and West African cuisine. Tasty vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

Panjumby, who will be performing at Staff Festival 2019. June 2019Panjumby, who will be performing at Staff Festival 2019 

Live entertainment line-up 

Live entertainment will also take place on the main Festival stage, featuring the University and LUU staff choirs. The line-up is completed by indie band Jabbawoki, Fruity DJ and Panjumby, who evoke the musical landscapes of Latin America with a wondrous repertoire of modern jazz, contemporary calypso, soca and classic Latin tunes from Brazil, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Jo Westerman, LOGIK Centre Manager and Festival project manager, said: “The Staff Festival is one of the ways in which we say thank you for all the hard work you do to make Leeds the success it is.

“Let’s join together this Friday to give thanks for a job well done and to celebrate our achievements with colleagues, family and friends with an afternoon filled with entertainment, fun and laughter.”

Festival facilities and services 

The Festival will take place in and around the Refectory, University Precinct and University Road. Please be aware there will be increased levels of noise and traffic on the day. Although the festival officially opens at 3pm and ends at 7pm, disruptions may be caused outside of these hours for the event setup and pack down. Disabled access will be available throughout the site.

The Festival team has arranged for parking to be available to all staff on site from 1pm in the orange zone car parks. Spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed. See the Parking at Leeds web page for details of how to register your car.

All proceeds from the Festival, including the popular tombola stall, go to this year’s chosen charity, SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support).

See the Staff Festival webpage for full details and future updates.

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