21st March Meeting Results: concrete steps and clever ideas
First of all, a big thank you to everyone who attended! We had some new faces at this meeting so it’s great to see that more people are interested in helping out with the Shop at Leeds Market Day.
As we all know minutes can be a little dry so let’s keep this short and snappy.
Firstly, the most important thing is that after this meeting we had clear confirmation that…(drum roll)
Shop at Leeds Market Day will be taking place on
May 7th 2011
So put it in your diaries, in pen, people!
It was agreed that we’d like to widen out the possible activities taking place over the course of Shop at Leeds Market Day, both to appeal to a range of people and to take some of the pressure off only a small number of people being in charge of everything.
Some of our new faces said they would be able to get in touch with their contact list to spread the word that we were interested in groups with ideas for artistic events to take place in the market.
This included Jon Vernon, the chap who put forward the motion for Leeds University Union (hooray!) He mentioned that he would be able to get Leeds Student newspaper to cover the run up to and the event itself, as well as highlighting the community skills project up at the university – this could help us get in touch with volunteers interested in helping at the event.
It was agreed that, to get the most media coverage and interest possible, we should try and hold a few events in the week running up to the Shop at Leeds Market Day: these included tours and trader demonstrations, and Liz Laughton of Bethell’s Fish has been putting a list together of those traders interested in taking part. Jon Vernon also put forward the idea of the university debating society holding a debate about the market during that week.
Everyone at the meeting – and readers too I imagine – agreed that all the activities taking place during this event needed to clearly link to the market, and to keep focus on the reasons for this event: that we want to help, develop, and secure the future of Leeds Kirkgate Market. All the events and activities need to bring attention to why shopping at the market is a different and positive experience, to draw those people in who might not normally shop there, and to highlight how important it is as a part of the city of Leeds.
Some tasks and activities were allocated but we were waiting for the definite go-ahead from Sue Burgess and to be able to open up the involvement to any members of our group (or those would like to be members!) who couldn’t attend this meeting. Megan confirmed that she would arrange a meeting with Sue as soon as possible, and circulate a list of questions for her; Chris is getting quotes for cost of printing posters; and Darrell is looking to see if GMB will give us a hand with photocopying flyers!
There were also several ideas that had been drawn from the Cultural Conversations event that Elly attended where she spoke to quite a few interested parties about Shop at Leeds Market Day – these are below:
- Contacting Leeds Market twitterer, just because they’re ace
- Promoting the event through groups like Marketing Leeds
- Support from Yelp and My Life In Leeds (thank you!)
- Thinking of different areas to publicise the event, like Leeds Train Station
- Approaching print media for articles and coverage like the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds Guide
- Making sure we have great and well-timed marketing in the form of posters (external to the market) and flyers (including giving to traders to hand out to their customers)
- Guest blog on Guardian Leeds (exciting!)
- Contacting community project leaders at the universities and other community project groups like Bring the Happy
- Open up the event for arts groups to stage a performance or unique event
- Cookery demonstration ideas
- Demonstrations of how to use and test fresh produce
- Challenges in the market – such as customising clothes or furniture, over the course of the day or shorter
- Children’s treasure hunt combining facts, physical information and ‘I-Spy’ type clues
- Using the upstairs space – because it’s beautiful!
- Historical tours – maybe with Leeds Civic Trust – and also personal histories of traders and customers: this could also involve groups like Leeds Art Walk
- Cook-offs between traders and restaurants
- Live blogging on the day, either from external or internal source
- Using Shop at Leeds Market Day to kick off other, long term events from external parties, like Leanne’s fantastic recipe book ideas
Phew! As you can see, it was a fantastic meeting, lots of ideas and lots to think about. Our next meeting is Monday 4th April in O’Neills pub at the same time of 6pm, where we’ll be discussing the Eastgate planning application and working further on Shop at Leeds Market Day.
If you’ve read through these and thought ‘that sounds interesting’ or ‘ooh I’d like to do that!’ then give us a buzz – contact us through Twitter, comment on this blog, or email us using the address on the right hand side. We’ll be putting out a call for ideas, activities, events, volunteers, participation and artistic stuff very soon, so get your thinking caps on and get in touch if you know already that you would love to be involved. And if you’re an organisation we’ve mentioned, then get in touch too: it’s be great to know that you support this venture and would like to be involved.
See you soon!
The photos are from the talented Mike_in_Kboro, whose Flickr page can be found here.