Irish History Month

COVID-19 Update

We are following all currently available advice on best practice to protect our staff, freelance workers, artists and volunteers. Staff and freelance workers have been asked to work from home to reduce risk of cross infection.

Our office is not open, we are working remotely to answer calls and emails. If you require any service from us please call 0113 2787442 or email Be assured, we will pick up your message and will respond to your query as soon as possible.

We are maintaining online and email contact with our music students.

Where necessary we have re-arranged our projects, events and community activities to ensure people’s health and well-being is not compromised.

During this period we will also be focusing on our online presence and sharing some of the best Irish traditional music and arts digital content and resources available.

We wish all of you, good health and strength during this unusual time.


Our Mission

To raise the profile of the music and arts of Ireland throughout Britain and to celebrate the many contributions that Irish people have made to life here. The charity’s objectives are to provide access to and participation in traditional Irish music and arts through classes, workshops, access to materials, resources, promotion and performance.

The Irish Arts Foundation (IAF) was established in June 1998 as a Registered Charity (No. 1101657) and a Company Ltd by Guarantee (No. 4927919). It is supported by a number of public and private funders in Ireland and Britain.

We work extensively with a number of partners both locally and nationally and pride ourselves in the delivery of high quality professional arts and educational programmes.

The Irish Arts Foundation is core-funded by the Irish Government via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

Lovely evening celebrating what unites us.

We felt priveleged to have experienced their music

A life enriching experience.

Fantasic that you managed to host such interesting music from Asturias & Galicia - a rare experience!

Quotes From Event & Workshop Attendees

The Leeds Gathering

The Leeds Gathering

The Leeds Gathering features some of the most experienced and emerging performers and artistes in the world of Irish music and arts. A city wide celebration of Irish music and arts.

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Irish History Month

Irish History Month

Exists to promote the many positive contributions that Irish people have made in Leeds and also to introduce new audiences to the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history.

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Found it really educational and fun. I've found an instrument I'd like to play.

Great range of music, good introduction to the background, and really enjoyable evening. Good venue too.

Interesting talk. Great reminisces.

Most informative and interesting talk with depth of Irish research undertaken by Anna and Des.

Quotes from Event & Workshop Attendees

Untold Stories

Untold Stories

A project about the development of the Irish community in Leeds, funded through The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Ireland Fund of Great Britain.

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Exploring the Musical Traditions of County Leitrim & County Fermanagh

Supported by Arts Council England, the project also includes stories from the North Leitrim Leeds-Irish diaspora.

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