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Acts on stage. 

Dhol Drummers.

The Dhol is a high impact instrument with Indian origins. Used mainly for keynote parts of any event, the dhol players will wow the audience with their exciting rhythms and traditional outfits



Prashad works with Prashad Indian vegetarian restaurant based in Drighlington, just outside Leeds. Founder Kaushy Patel (and author of the best-selling Prashad cookbook) is a regular at these kind of events and recently did lively and engaging cooking demos at Tastes of Yorkshire, the World Curry Festival and the Halifax Food & Drink Festival. 


Trishool Dance Academy brings you the best in unique and unforgettable Bollywood entertainment. Led by founding members Shukti Sharma & Sanchex Singh Rayat, Trishool have continuously left audiences wanting more!  

Olive Tree.

Established in 1982, The Olive Tree group of family owned restaurants has grown over the years and there are now three in Leeds. The restaurants are run by the husband and wife team George and Vasoulla and son Solos. Since opening they have received many culinary awards and were selected as ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by the Yorkshire Evening Post in 1986 and 2006.

Foxwood Steel. 

Foxwood Steel Started 30 years ago at Foxwood School, Seacroft. When the school closed the band leader set about searching for the ex-students, and now it consists mostly of family and friends.  Leeds Silver Steel Sparrowshatched out of their nest in 1999, a high school age city-wide band, which won the UK World Music Award in 2009, thus playing at the Royal Albert Hall. New players always welcome for the Sparrows.

Belly Dancers.

Since its establishment the studio has welcomed clients from all aspects of the arts and beyond to the studio,including the likes of the BBC, West End Theatre companies, and some of the largest dance organisations in the UK, who have used the space for their regional castings, rehearsals and classes. Two belly dancers from the studio will be gracing the stage of Leeds Cultural Curry Festival this year with a spectacular performance.

Honey Drum. 

Honeydrum World Music Leeds is a musicians and dancers collective founded in 1995. Their aim is to develop community through music and dance using Drum Rhythms, Songs and Movement. We use Djembe, Congas, Bongo, Cajon, Darabuka, Samba instruments and many different kinds of percussion. They have many years experience in teaching and performing and offer a professional and friendly approach to drumming dancing and singing.

Ning - Norman Musa's protege - Chef Amin

Chef Amin - celebrity Malaysian Chef Norman Musa's protege - from Ning restaurant in York will be cooking up a Malaysian classic of rendang. An up-and-coming cuisine, Ning is the only restaurant in Yorkshire specialising in authentic Malaysian cuisine, with an original branch in Manchester. Chef Amin, who also runs regular Malaysian cookery classes in the York restaurant, we will be demonstrating how to cook this exquisite and very moreish dry curry using chicken, coconut, lemongrass and other wonderful herbs and spices. You can find out more about Ning in York at www.ningcatering.com/york and more about its chef patron Norman Musa at www.normanmusa.com

Chinese Dragons.

As the Leeds Cultural Curry Festival is an occasion to celebrate, what a better way than with a performance from Chinese dragons dancers! Meticulous prop construction and flawless choreography make for a top-notch performance. 

Hansa Dabhi. 

Hansa’s Dabhi has been on the forefront of bringing Indian Vegetarian Cuisine to the mainstream restaurant scene in Leeds and Yorkshire since 1986. Her all women staff, serve her blend of Gujarati Vegetarian home-cooking, with touches of her East African upbringing, which has been highly acclaimed and won her many awards over the years, the latest being voted, ’Curry Chef of the Year 2010’, and being recognized for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Leeds Restaurant Industry’ by the Leeds Restaurant Association in 2008.

Panjabi MC.

Rajinder Singh Rai born in Coventry, better known by his stage name Panjabi MC is an English musician. He is best known for the worldwide Bhangra hit 'Mundian To Bach Ke'. One of his main goals in to fuse the two worlds of Bhangra and Hiphop. Take a look -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJztXj2GPfk 


Bhangra Dancers. 

Acts to the side of the stage. 

Peanut the Clown. 

Peanut is one of the premier circus clowns in the UK with over twenty years professional experience. Peanut has worked for royalty, businesses, schools and performed to over half a million children! Peanut will make an 'instant circus' at the festival with bubbles, games, full clown show, have-a-go at circus skills, face painting, balloon modelling and, at the end, the kids do a show for the grown ups!

Face Painters. 

Zoe, our face painter at Leeds Cultural Curry festival aims to turn children and big children alike into all sorts of amazing creatures and characters, from Spiderman to glitter butterflys! Each design is unique and special, and sure to make your children and family memebers impressed.

Henna Artist. 

 Our henna artist will offer contemporary, traditional and up to date henna designs for every occasion. The henna paste is applied to the skin using only natural ingredients and homemade henna cones; once the henna paste has dried on the skin it leaves a beautiful design.