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What's on in South Bank: February 2018

We might be reaching the stage where we wonder if winter is ever going to draw to a close, but there's plenty going on in South Bank this month to keep you going. From exhibitions and theatre to nights out and pub quizzes, here are our highlights for the month ahead. There should even be enough to get you through to Spring.


February sees three new exhibitions arrive at The Tetley. Mahbub Jokhio's In The City Of Lost Times explores public spaces with a private dimension through photography, focusing on graveyards in Pakistan. Mahbub sees these as spaces where the living and the dead can co-exist, and where everyday activity can often be brighter in contrast to its surroundings.

Madiha Aijaz's These Silences Are All The Words again focuses on their home country of Pakistan, and uses photography and film to explore the public libraries of Karachi. These are showcases of the changing landscape of Karachi, Pakistan's most diverse city ethnically, religiously and linguistically.

Finally, an exhibition is crossed with a functioning publishing studio with The House That Heals The Soul. The exhibition features work from an array of international artists and collectives and will allow the public the unique opportunity to contribute to the exhibition, which will grow throughout its stay.

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Slunglow's Holbeck Underground Ballroom hosts The Death Show, a journey of discovery, contemplation and courage by Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck, who carried out research that included an artists' residency at an undertaker's, spending time with hospice patients and training as celebrants. The show raises why we as a society should be more open in discussing death, and promises to bring thought-provoking themes to one of the country's best theatre spaces.

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Northern Monk Brewing Co.'s weekly Wednesday quiz will be LGBT+ themed throughout the month, in celebration of LGBT+ History Month. Each week the quiz theme will be based on a colour from the Pride flag. The aim is to increase awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, their history, lives and experiences in the wider community. Of course, some of the best beer in the city will be in attendance too.

Now we don't want to encourage too much consumption of the good stuff, but Northern Monk are also hosting a Charity Sports Quiz to raise money for Guide Dogs. This one's on the 22nd of February and will involve 8-10 rounds of sports quiz action, with a £60 entrance fee for teams of up to seven people.

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Duke Studios is one of the best creative workspaces in the country, but also provides regular great additions to the nightlife of Leeds. Their Friday residencies will be running throughout the month from 5-11 with happy hour running until 7. What better to way to start your weekend?

If that doesn't tickle your fancy, the Sheaf Street part of the studios will be hosting Reboot, a night of house, disco, techno and funk on the 10th. This one runs on until the early hours of the morning, and will be a great showcase of the talent residents of Leeds have behind the decks.

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The Royal Armouries is one of the world's largest collections of arms and armour, with the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds hosting a huge percentage of this. However, the museum also hosts some of the most interesting exhibitions in Leeds.

Colonel G.O Spence's excellent watercolour paintings are on display until April, whilst from the 13th of February Warrior Women offers the chance to find out more about the remarkable women who went against the grain and battled their way into the history books.

Also down on Leeds Dock, Leeds Lock hosts an immersive storytelling of the history of the city's canal networks from Canal and River Trust. Performances run throughout the night on the 2nd.

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Finally, Leeds College of Building are hosting a number of open days this month. These are the best way to see the college in action, meet their team, tour the workshops, speak to students and learn more about the courses and facilities available. More detailed taster days take place on the 14th and 15th. Here, year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students can take part in practical activities including plumbing, brickwork and electrical, to assist them in deciding which course is right for them.

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