Created by Zoe Parker, Lucy Meredith and Jason Hird, Tea & Tolerance is a roaming tea caddy, travelling festivals and events in search of what makes a 21st Century Human. They added questions about culture in Leeds to their teapots at took to the local canals as part of the Flotsam and Jetsom project, collecting answers as they went, and shared the results here.
It was a lovely, sunny day as we made our way along & back a stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. We had a range of participants – some from the Men’s Room in LS14 and others who had got wind of the invite and wanted to join in. So there was a good mix of women and men of different ages from around 30 to 75 years old. There were seventeen people in total across two beautiful barges.
What does culture mean to you?
Art. Chips. Food.
Diversity. Colour. Dancing.
An Existential Crisis.
Heading off to Brid.
A couple of days off.
Going out for a meal or two…
One persons culture is another persons…
What does it all mean?
I mean: I like to see artists that I know
Not ones I don’t (& the opposite, of course)
For free, for you and for me…
West Indian Carnival: The oldest in Europe.
A SURPRISE, sometimes.
What could Leeds do better?
Transport. Free parking.
Renovate old buildings.
Events & concerts in the park.
Boat rides on the Lake.
Spend our cash in local areas
(In my day a trip to town was a luxury)
Canal systems & connections
(From East to West, we know best!)
But a pair of jeans got caught around the propeller. And as the un-picking was done – Let’s clean up our waterways, we said – and I wondered about Shire Horses and slowing right down along the towpath… How about “Traditional” canal boat rides and drays pulling Tetley’s Beer round the streets. The Lord Mayor’s Parade?! A Citizens Celebration, maybe? How about vast City Parks full of trees and the Slowest Ride on Earth..?
What ideas do you have to put Leeds on the map?
Show other countries how Leeds works…
Drawing the City
A skyline exchange
Picture your City…
The Tour de France & Triathlons
Integrate the canal system with ‘City Living’ (the fast & the s l o w… )
Always the right time
Dedicated walking routes
From the Leeds Hub…
The Trails of the Dales Centre
Located in LS. Gateway to Beauty
You can read the full write up on the Tea and Tolerance blog.