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Millennium Square, Leeds

Millennium Square is Leeds’ award winning city centre outdoor public space and live entertainment venue. Built as Leeds' flagship project to mark the year 2000 the £12m scheme funded by us and the Millennium Commission successfully transformed the old Mandela Gardens at the front of the Civic Hall into one of Europe's most innovative multi-purpose city centre spaces. Officially opened by Nelson Mandela in May 2001 it is widely renowned as a multi-functional live event venue and has a standing capacity of 8,000 persons in its concert configuration. The square is currently home to the Leeds Big Screen and plays host to some of the our key events such as the popular annual Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market and the Ice Cube outdoor temporary ice rink plus major football tournament screenings.

The Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein
Wednesday 18 May at 7.30pm with pre-performance screening from 7pm.

Watch the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece and danced by The Royal Ballet.


The Royal Opera’s Il trovatore
Thursday 14 July at 7.15pm with pre-performance screening from 6.45pm.

Don’t miss this new production of Verdi’s gripping masterpiece, Il trovatore  – an opera packed with powerful arias and thrilling choruses, including the famous and instantly recognizable ‘Anvil Chorus’.

All live screenings are classified 12A by the BBFC. Any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

What I need to know before I attend:

Millennium Square is a public space and has open access to all – you may wish to bring cushions or a blanket. Millennium Square is located within easy reach of bars, cafes and restaurants, so why not come along earlier to enjoy a pre-show drink or meal; alternatively, please bring a picnic. Please note alcohol is not permitted. All litter should be disposed of in bins provided or taken home. Portable furniture is not permitted. Please dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions. Millennium Square is accessible for wheelchairs and there are slopes and ramps in addition to any steps.

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply in Millennium Square:

• Millennium Square is a public space; however organisers reserve the right to limit audience numbers should the square capacity be reached.

• Alcohol is not permitted.

• Prohibited items include, but are not restricted to, large parasols, gazebos, awnings and portable barbecues.

• All litter should be disposed of in the bins provided or taken home.

For further information go to or call 0113 222 4444 *.

* Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline, calls from other providers may vary.

How do I get there?

The venue is just a short walk away from Leeds Rail Station and readily accessible from the welcome / information and transport hub in the nearby City Square and Infirmary Street. A variety of nearby street and secure car parking options are also available.