On 27th October there’s a family-friendly festival taking place at Open Source Arts, Kirkstall Road, raising money for Women’s Aid. It sounds like it’ll be a fun day, all for a very worthy charity, so I thought I’d share the press release with you:

Stood Together is a community fête run by local music teacher Lizzy Joyce and freelance photographer and designer Chloé Shephard. The family-friendly fête-style festival, held at Open Source Arts on the 27th October, is for everyone.

Lizzy and Chloé want to celebrate Leeds’ creative community and local businesses whilst providing a safe and inclusive space for all.

On the day you can expect musicians such as Lara Jones, Allora and The Big Wheel; stalls from Bearcubs, Lucy Freeman, OK Comics, and food from local businesses. Sensational raffle prizes include: an Audio Technica turntable, items from Anthropologie and vouchers for Hollywood Bowl, Laser Zone, Oxygen Freejumping, Crash Records and many more.

Throughout the day, Stood Together have arranged a number of activities suitable for all ages including a musical story, treasure hunt, pop rockets and creative writing.

All raffle tickets and entry tickets available via instagram and on the door! Suggested entrance donation £3/£10 Family (2 adults and 2 children), nobody turned away for lack of funds.

For more information you can visit the website www.stoodtogetherfestival.co.uk, Instagram and Facebook pages.


Women’s Aid believe everyone has the human right to live in safety and free from violence and abuse. Society has a duty to recognise and defend this right.

Women are the overwhelming majority of victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a violation of women and their children’s human rights. It is the result of an abuse of power and control, and is rooted in the historical status and inequality of women in in society.

Women’s Aid aim to:

  • Empower women who have been affected by domestic abuse to live independent lives free from fear and abuse
  • Keep the voice of the survivor at the heart of everything we do
  • Meet the needs of women and children affected by domestic abuse
  • Provide services run by women that are based on listening to survivors and responding to what they define as their needs
  • Challenge and highlight the disadvantages which result from domestic abuse
  • Support and reflect diversity and promote equality of opportunity
  • Promote cohesive inter-agency responses to domestic abuse and develop partnerships to work towards a society in which domestic abuse is no longer tolerated