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Out of Many Festival – Thanks to our funders, sponsors and partners

Our partners and supporters are making the mighty Out of Many Festival happen. They’ll be joining us in celebrating and illuminating how the cultural heritage of a small Caribbean island has impacted culture nationally, internationally, and in the city of Leeds.

We’ll be hosting high-profile national and international artists and collaborations alongside grass roots community events in a festival spanning nine glorious months to mark 60 years of Jamaican independence.

To all our funders, sponsors, partners and supporters – respect and One Love!

PRINCIPAL FUNDERS

We are grateful for the support for the Out of Many Festival from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England made possible by National Lottery Players.

KEY FUNDERS

LEEDS CIVIC TRUST COMMUNITY HERITAGE FUND

“As a charity committed to championing the city’s rich cultural heritage and sharing its stories to the fullest, Leeds Civic Trust in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to be supporting the Out of Many Festival. From bus tours to exhibitions, music performances to tours, the festival promises to be a special celebration and exploration of Jamaica’s legacy here in Leeds. The pioneering opportunity to create an archive is vital too, safeguarding these valuable stories for future generations.”

Martin Hamilton
Director, Leeds Civic Trust

“Leeds has a rich and diverse cultural heritage that deserves to be celebrated. Leeds Community Foundation in partnership with Leeds Civic Trust is proud to support the Out of Many Festival. From Jamaican Heritage Trail Tours to exhibitions and archives, we are excited to fund a festival that can be enjoyed by everyone and will leave a cultural legacy for future generations.”

Steph Taylor, Strategy and Programmes Director / Deputy CEO
Leeds Community Foundation

LEEDS INSPIRED

Thank you to Leeds Inspired for their generous support to help the Out of Many Festival exhibition plans happen.

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

THE BRITISH LIBRARY

“As an organisation with an international collection and a long presence in Yorkshire, we’re thrilled to be partnering the Out of Many Festival and its celebration of Jamaican culture in Leeds.”

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning

INSTITUTE OF COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES

“The Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is a multilingual forum – internationalist in spirit, interdisciplinary in method – for the comparative treatment of ideas, issues and problems related to the study of the colonial past and to the cultures of the contemporary postcolonial world.”

Dr Jason Allen-Paisant, Director

JN Bank UK

“JN Bank UK is delighted to sponsor this year’s Out of Many Festival Leeds. We have built strong ties with community organisations and leaders in Leeds and surrounding areas over the last 32 years and the establishment of JN Bank UK further strengthens our commitment to serve them. As the first Caribbean owned UK bank, our vision is to continue to enrich lives and build communities across the UK.”

Paulette Simpson, Deputy Managing Director

JN Money UK

“JN Money UK is proud to sponsor the Out of Many Festival in Leeds. This year is particularly special as we celebrate the significant milestone of 60 years of Jamaica’s independence and recognise the tremendous impact of our people in art and culture. JN Money has proudly served the Caribbean community in Leeds for over 30 years, and we are committed to supporting Jamaica and its people wherever they reside.”

Horace Hines, General Manager

LEEDS 2023

We are delighted to partner with Leeds 2023 ahead of their work on an amazing year of culture in Leeds next year.

PEEPAL TREE PRESS

“Peepal Tree Press is delighted to partner with Jamaica Society of Leeds on the Out of Many Festival’s literary events. Writing from Jamaica has always been an important part of our publishing activities and we look forward to participating in the exciting programme.”

Jeremy Poynting, Managing Editor

THE VOICE

The Voice newspaper has been covering news from the UK’s Black communities for 40 years and we are delighted to have its support.

WRITERSMOSAIC

“‘Out of Many’, derived from the Jamaican motto that signals unity, perfectly chimes with the mission of WritersMosaic in providing a platform for part of our family of writers of the global majority, based in Leeds.”

Colin Grant, Director of WritersMosaic

PARTNERS

BBC RADIO LEEDS

“BBC Radio Leeds is delighted to be the radio partner of the Out of Many Festival 2022.

We can’t wait to share the stories of how Jamaican heritage has enriched and shaped the culture of West Yorkshire. We’re looking forward to engaging with our communities as we look to mark the 60th anniversary of Jamaican independence in August 2022.”

CALABASH INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL

“Calabash International Literary Festival is known for its inspirational spirit, the coolest atmosphere and diverse celebration of literature that stretches from Jamaica to the world. We are delighted to partner with the Out of Many Festival to bring some of our Treasure Beach vibe to Leeds.
1Love.”

Co-Founders Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell.

GABICCI

“The Gabicci clothing brand owes much of its long heritage to music culture and following our recent collaboration with the Gregory Isaacs Foundation, is delighted to support the Out of Many Festival.”

HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM

“The Howard Assembly Room is delighted to be supporting the Jamaica Society Leeds as a venue partner on their thrilling new Out of Many Festival. We welcome this exciting new addition to the arts and culture offer in Leeds which will see the HAR host a series of events as part of the festival’s Autumn programme.”

Jenny Harris, HAR Programming

THE JAMAICAN HIGH COMMISSION UK

We are thrilled to have the support and endorsement of the Jamaican High Commission UK, especially in this milestone year celebrating 60 years of Jamaican independence.

LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

“We’re very proud to be supporting this exciting and imaginative new celebration of Jamaican history, heritage and culture. The Jamaican community has played such an important role in making Leeds the vibrant and diverse city we know today and this festival will help to shine a light on what has been a captivating and profoundly moving cultural journey.”

Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council

LEEDS PLAYHOUSE

“It is fantastic to be partnering with such incredible organisations from across the city to celebrate 60 years of Jamaican independence. The Out of Many Festival and broader partnership with the Jamaica Society Leeds is an important element of our programme and we are honoured to be playing a role in this series of brilliant celebratory events.”

James Brining, Artistic Director

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF JAMAICA

“The National Library of Jamaica is pleased to participate in the Out of Many Festival 2022, produced by the Jamaica Society Leeds.

The Out of Many Festival comes at an auspicious time as Jamaica celebrates 60 years of independence while jointly anticipating, with the Leeds community, the 2023 celebration of Windrush 75.”

Beverley Lashley, National Librarian

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