Celebrating Campus Live

Over the course of the Autumn term, Campus Live showcased the amazing talents of the University's students, staff and partners, celebrating the community here at Leeds.

Performers at campus live

Campus was brought to life by a wide range of activities and performances – from song and dance to arts and crafts.

10 weeks, 83 events, 24 brilliant staff shows, 20 fantastic student performances, 20 tonnes of sand, 19 blocks of ice, 10 amazing partner and alumni events, and 61 hours to paint a giant mural!

Beech Grove plaza became home to a cacophony of musical acts. Many genres of music had their moment in the spotlight over the 10 weeks, including the pop-rock CautHaus Band in October and the festive treat of the Songsmiths, who helped bring Campus Live to a close on Wednesday 14 December with A Capella Christmas numbers.

Alongside the music, there was also time for DJ sets, drawing sessions and fire eaters blazing a trail outside the Great Hall.

The inventive Print and Mail team even offered the chance for people to get their faces printed on biscuits.

Reflecting on Campus Live’s first year, Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said: “We’ve had 83 events over 10 weeks: students, staff, musical performances, theatre performances... The highlight of Campus Live for me was watching students and staff of this institution engage, get excited, have some joy and fun.”

In amongst all the events, a new mural was unveiled in the Tetley Gardens. Depicting a futuristic vision of the city of Leeds, the mural looks at how Leeds can meet its goal of becoming a net zero emitter of carbon.

You can watch a video of the mural being painted by artist James McKay.

Campus Live came together thanks to the efforts of colleagues, students and interns who organised it all. It also would not have happened without the enthusiastic participation of everyone who got involved.

Watch a video of the highlights to see just some of what went on.

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