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Leeds International Festival 'will celebrate entire city'

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Image caption Leeds International Festival will see nine days of events and 327 speakers

A new city festival incorporating film, music, technology and fashion will "celebrate everything about Leeds", organisers have said.

Leeds International Festival features 35 events over nine days, with both ticketed and free elements.

BBC Broadcaster Lauren Laverne will host an 'Empowering Women with Tech' conference and a new film about Leeds United will be given its premiere.

Andrew Cooper, festival chair, said it would "change perceptions" of the city.

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Image caption A documentary about Leeds United's history between 1988-1992 will be aired for the first time at the festival

Running between April 22-30, it coincides with the yearly Live at Leeds music festival and will also see talks about cyber security and sustainable fashion.

The festival is being funded by Leeds Business Improvement District, a not for profit organisation which promotes the city.

Documentary 'Do You Want To Win' tells the story of Leeds United from 1988-1992 and features interviews with former players including Gordon Strachan and Vinnie Jones.

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Image caption The event coincides with the yearly Live At Leeds festival and features concerts at venues across the city

Mr Cooper said: "When people come to Leeds they realise things have changed significantly over the last five years and people are saying, 'this is different, there's something happening about Leeds, there's a buzz about it'.

"Events really shape a place and put it on a map - we want to do that through the festival and really celebrate everything about Leeds."

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