Events, Excursions, Performances & Workshops

Excursions

Explore medieval sites around the region

Find out more
Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
More

Concerts and Performances

Experience medieval-themed music, drama and storytelling

Find out more
Senior girls choir of Leeds Cathedral holding music
More

Workshops

Discover new craft or research techniques

Find out more
A female delegate sews the spine of her handmade book.
More

Making Leeds Medieval

Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages. Thursday 07 July, 10.30-18.00

More
Late Roman combat display amid the crowds at IMC 2018
More

Every year the IMC runs a varied programme of events, from musical concerts to dramatic performances via craft workshops, film screenings and, of course, Making Leeds Medieval.

More information on the events involved in Making Leeds Medieval, Concerts and Performances, Workshops, and Excursions can be found in this section. In addition to these events, there are also a number of Special Events and Film Screenings available, which are listed below.

The description of each event will explain whether you need to buy a ticket. Tickets can be purchased through the University of Leeds Online Store after registration has opened. Tickets for any events that have not sold out will be available from the Refectory Help Desk during congress week. For free events, you do not have to book in advance unless otherwise stated on these pages.

Fringe Events

Traditional Music Session

Traditional Music Session
Hosted by Alan V. Murray       

Sunday 03 July, 19.00-21.30

Leeds University Union: Common Ground

This event is free of charge.

Several musicians will be playing and singing folk music from (broadly speaking) the Scottish/Irish/English/American traditions on fiddle, pipes, whistle, guitar, and other instruments (playing tunes mostly in D, G, and A concert pitch). Anyone who wants to bring their instrument (including voice) is welcome to come along and join in (sorry, no crumhorns!).

This event is not a concert, but an informal opportunity to meet and play music with other delegates. We invite you to get a drink from the bar, and play, sing, or just listen!

This event is sponsored by LUU Medieval Society. The LUU Medieval Society was formed in 2013 in order to promote a thriving community of medievalists both at the University and in city of Leeds. To learn more about LUU Medieval Society, visit https://engage.luu.org.uk/groups/J7M/medieval-society

The Good Book: Film Screening and Discussion

The Good Book: Film Screening and Discussion
Hosted by Alan Lane and James Philips
Monday 04 July, 19.00-20.30

Stage@leeds: Stage 3

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

The International Medieval Congress is delighted to be hosting a screening of Slung Low’s short film The Good Book. This screening will be followed by a discussion with those involved in the film, including Alan Lane (Artistic Director) and James Philips (Playwright).

The Good Book is set in Leeds in a dystopian near-future on the brink of a civil war between the followers of the new ruler, Queen Bear, or the followers of Galahad, a religiously motived terrorist cell. Laced throughout with Arthurian references, the film focuses on the story of Avalon, a woman with no allegiances to either of the two factions, and her quest to retrieve an artefact from a previous age. Filmed on location in Leeds, The Good Book features performances from professional actors alongside an ensemble cast drawn from local community.

The Good Book was produced by Slung Low, an arts organisation based in Holbeck, Leeds. The company, which was founded in 2000, specialises in making epic productions in non-theatrical spaces, something which is reflected in their base in the Holbeck, the oldest working men’s club in Britain. Slung Low have created an extensive body of work which has featured in a wide variety of settings ranging from local theatres and performance spaces to a national audience via BBC2. During lockdown, Slung Low continued its mission to serve the community by rapidly pivoting to serve as a food bank. In addition to creating their own performances, Slung Low offers an events programme of touring shows, a Community Colleges with courses in everything from Indian cooking to flamenco dancing, as well as their own local football club. To increase accessibility, all of Slung Low’s events are run on a ‘Pay What You Decide’ basis.

To learn more about Slung Low or to support their work, go to www.slunglow.org.

Medieval Society Pub Quiz

Medieval Society Pub Quiz
Hosted by LUU Medieval Society
Monday 04 July, 19.15-21.00

Leeds University Union: Old Bar

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Come and wind down after your first day of sessions with the famous Medieval Society pub quiz!

After two years of virtual quizzes, the LUU Medieval Society is delighted to welcome you back on campus! We invite you to form teams with other IMC delegates to answer questions posed by the Medieval Society quizmaster. Pool knowledge with your colleagues to compete for everlasting glory and a small prize – you may even get a crown! Can you defeat the two-year winning streak of our reigning champion?

The quiz will begin after 19.30 but please arrive early to ensure you get a table, organise your team, and get your best medieval brains on!

The LUU Medieval Society was formed in 2013 in order to promote a thriving community of medievalists both at the University and in city of Leeds. To learn more about LUU Medieval Society, visit https://engage.luu.org.uk/groups/J7M/medieval-society

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night
Hosted by Robin Fishwick
Tuesday 05 July, 20.00-22.00

Emmanuel Centre: Claire Chapel

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Not with an actual microphone (that would be silly!) the IMC Open Mic Night offers a variety of fare from poetry readings to music, song, even, occasionally, dance! In previous years, we have had music from the troubadours, Viking sagas, medieval poetry, and a variety of musical instruments. Medieval contributions are particularly welcome, but it is an opportunity to share anything you always wanted to perform with the international audience the IMC provides. Whether you come to perform or listen, you will find the ambience of the Emmanuel Centre Claire Chapel and emcee Robin Fishwick’s famous spiced fruit punch unforgettable.

Robin Fishwick is the Quaker Chaplain at the Universities Chaplaincy and a supporter of various music nights in Leeds. He is a bit of a singer/songwriter himself and plays a variety of instruments (some of them quite weird!).

The Sheppard Lecture 2022: Kevin Crossley-Holland - There Was An Old Man On The Border

The Sheppard Lecture 2022: Kevin Crossley-Holland – There Was An Old Man On The Border
Hosted by Leeds University Library’s Special Collections
Wednesday 06 July, 18.15-19.15

Parkinson Building: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

This event is free of charge but must be prebooked.

Not only the horror of Ukraine – no, we’re all confronted by borders perhaps as never before: those we share with previous generations (coming to terms with death, for instance) but also desperate contemporary challenges: the environmental endgame, starvation, refugees, terrorist attacks, the abuse of information technology.

No philosopher or social historian, I’m nevertheless aware of how these and other issues have had a bearing on my writing, and my own crossing-places during the last six decades. My first border is one we all share: adolescence. My Arthurian trilogy is set at a time of borders (oracy/literacy, religious absolutism, power and rebellion), so how does its central character, Arthur de Caldicot, intelligent, literate and champing at the bit to join the Fourth Crusade, discover his core beliefs and fears?

My second crossing-place engages with cultural assumption. How can one enter the mindset, blood-tide and words of another individual, culture and time? How can one most truly translate Anglo-Saxon poetry?

My third border, accentuated by living on the fluctuating coast of north Norfolk, examines how the actual and sensory may become a chain of words; how often that chain breaks; how argument and metaphor is informed by image, rhythm and sound. I want to explore the making of poetry and a few of my own attempts at crossing from disorder to order.

Details may be subject to change. Booking is essential. To book, please visit https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1903/events

The exhibition Poem, Story and Scape in the Work of Kevin Crossley-Holland is on display in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery until 20 August 2022.

‘As an Ermine in the Snow’: A Closer Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

‘As an Ermine in the Snow’: A Closer Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Hosted by Michael George Gibson
Wednesday 06 July, 19.30-21.00

Maurice Keyworth Building: 1.31

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem that has been much studied but is perhaps still not well understood. To some it has been apparent that the judgement of the Green Knight on Gawain’s conduct is inadequate.

Drawing on the material for a book to be published next year and called Gomen, Michael George Gibson will make two principal assertions in the matter. He will claim that Gawain fails in all the five points of the ‘truth’ of the Pentangle; and he will show that what is thought to be the ‘combining’ of ‘the beheading game’ with the ‘the exchange of winnings game’ is an ‘illusion’. He holds that the poem’s maker is ‘a trickster and gamester’ who deliberately gave his story a false ending.

The illustrated talk will include recitation of some of the original Middle English text set against Michael’s newly published translation. There may even be a conjuring trick.

Michael George Gibson has spent the last 40 years on the land. As he led a more simple and self-sufficient life, he pursued his interest in English poetry, with particular regard to its rhythms and performance. He has lectured and performed widely at universities and at literary and arts festivals. He has contributed to the Oxford University Woruldhord project. Michael’s illustrated translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is handwritten in honour of the original, as will be Gomen.

Storytelling Circle

Storytelling Circle
Hosted by James Baillie
Wednesday 06 July, 21.00-22.30

Leeds University Union: Common Ground

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Come and join other IMC attendees for a late night storytelling circle! After two years running as a successful virtual event, we are delighted to bring this this event into the world of ‘in-person’ storytelling.

The art of oral storytelling in various forms was integral to the background of many works we now think of primarily as literary texts, and this is an opportunity to experience something of that as well as an alternative to the IMC’s dancefloor for those who want some quieter entertainment. Come to listen to and share riddles, poems, and spoken stories, be they medieval, folkloric, or otherwise.

All are welcome to come and participate – no experience expected or needed – or just come and go as you please and relax and listen as the night draws in around us.

This event is sponsored by LUU Medieval Society. The LUU Medieval Society was formed in 2013 in order to promote a thriving community of medievalists both at the University and in city of Leeds. To learn more about LUU Medieval Society, visit https://engage.luu.org.uk/groups/J7M/medieval-society

IMC Dance

IMC Dance
Wednesday 06 July, 21.30-Late

Leeds University Union: Stylus

This event is free of charge.

Bring your dancing shoes for the annual IMC dance. Music provided by a local DJ.

Music in the Marquee

Music in the Marquee                                                                                                 

Performed by Leeds Waits
Thursday 07 July, 19.30-21.30

The Marquee

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Come to The Marquee to wind down after the Congress with music from the Leeds Waits! Feel free to listen, ask questions about the music and instruments, and maybe even join in for a song or two…

The Leeds Waits are a re-creation of the official town musicians for the city of Leeds. The original Waits are documented from 1530 until 1834, when they were disbanded. Since their revival in 1983, the Leeds Waits have performed late medieval and renaissance music on a wide range of reproduction instruments. They have performed widely, including at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, York Minster, Carlisle Castle, Edinburgh Castle, and many times at the IMC.