Arts funding set to bring city’s bright ideas to life

Imaginative arts organisations in Leeds will have the chance to bring more of their creative ideas to life through a dedicated funding scheme. The Leeds City Council-led Arts@Leeds project will officially launch this month, with the first in a series of events designed to give groups more information about how to apply for all-important…

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2023 case study- Grace Branford, Leeds Children’s Mayor

She’s the pint-sized political powerhouse who scooped thousands of votes by pledging to spread some kindness through Leeds’s communities. Now Leeds Children’s Mayor Grace Branford has donned her chains of office to pledge support for the city’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023. Eleven-year-old Grace was elected after she promoted the…

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2023 case study- Nomad Clan

It’s one of the biggest, brightest and most beautiful statements about Leeds’s super-sized cultural credentials. And now the talented duo behind the breath-taking new Athena Rising mural have pledged their support to the city’s landmark European Capital of Culture 2023 bid. The stunningly imaginative 137ft artwork is the tallest piece of street art in…

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New strategy to help booming city grow

An innovative new growth strategy aimed at giving the whole of Leeds a chance to make the most of the city’s economic boom has been launched today. The consultation draft of the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy was recently approved by the city’s senior councillors, with businesses and stakeholders now being invited to have their…

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2023 case study- Jamie Jones-Buchanan

He’s the Leeds Rhinos legend with one of the biggest personalities in local sport. Now larger-than-life rugby league star Jamie Jones-Buchanan is pitching in by pledging to help see the city’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023 over the line. Jamie, who has enjoyed a glittering career with the Headingley side,…

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2023 case study- Richard Gregory, Yorkshire Bank

Businesses across Leeds have been called on to invest in the city’s future by backing the ambitious bid for European Capital of Culture 2023. And one of the region’s largest employers is already among the growing list of sponsors banking on Leeds’s ability to wow the panel of international judges and win the prestigious…

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2023 case study- Sir Gary Verity

He’s been one of the driving forces behind showcasing the very best of Yorkshire to tens of millions of tourists. Now Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity is adding his voice to the growing call for Leeds to be named European Capital of Culture 2023. With 100 days to go until the…

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2023 case study – Amy Letman, Transform

Earlier this year, a spectacular international theatre project took over a string of the city’s most prominent arts venues. Now one of the imaginative team behind the mesmerizing Transform festival is helping to set the stage for Leeds to win the title of European Capital of Culture 2023. With less than 100 days to…

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2023 case study- Aspire

A pioneering social enterprise, Aspire Community Benefit Society brings culture into the lives of some of more than a thousand people with learning disabilities each and every day. Leading the way in giving care and support to some of the city’s vulnerable adults, Aspire runs an annual cultural awareness event aimed at celebrating diversity…

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2023 case study- Bramley Baths

Four years ago, the people of Bramley began writing a new chapter in the story of a much-loved building which has stood at the heart of their community for more than a century. Bramley Baths, which first opened as a pool and public bath-house in 1904, opened in 2013 as a community hub run…

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2023 case study- Leeds West Indian Carnival

For 50 years it’s been one of the most flamboyant and spectacular dates in the city’s cultural calendar. Now the pioneers behind the phenomenally successful Leeds West Indian Carnival have pledged their support to the city’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023. Arthur France and Ian Charles came to Leeds from the…

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Stage is set for Playhouse project to move forward

Plans to transform the West Yorkshire Playhouse will be discussed by senior councillors in Leeds. Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to approve the next stage of a funding application which will allow transformative proposals for one of the city’s key cultural institutions to move to the next stage. Subject to Arts Council…

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City’s cultural spectaculars join prestigious European collective

Three spectacular cultural showpieces in Leeds have officially joined the ranks of some of Europe’s most prestigious arts events. Light Night Leeds, the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) and Compass Festival have this week become part of the EFFE festival community, which brings together top events from across the continent that have a significant…

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Leeds Art Gallery will reopen to the public on 13 October 2017 with a newly uncovered exhibition space, a major ARTIST ROOMS Joseph Beuys exhibition and new presentation of the collection featuring recent acquisitions

Leeds Art Gallery is pleased to announce that it will reopen its galleries to the public on 13 October 2017, after a period of closure to undergo essential repairs to the original roof and the historic Victorian building. Reopening programme highlights will include the ARTIST ROOMS Joseph Beuys exhibition, and new acquisitions by leading…

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Momentum builds for city’s 2023 bid as three new sponsors announced

A trio of new high-profile sponsors have thrown their weight behind Leeds’s ambitious bid to land the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2023. Yorkshire Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Yorkshire Water are among big businesses who pledged their support to the exciting bid during a spectacular event held at Northern Ballet last…

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Businesses invited to invest in culture and back city’s 2023 bid

Leading local businesses will come together tomorrow to hear how they can unite behind Leeds’s once-in-a-generation bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023. Northern Ballet will host this Wednesday’s event (March 8), which will see more than a hundred of the city’s business leaders invited to get involved in backing the ambitious bid.…

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Daring theatre project set to Transform Leeds

A ground-breaking new programme of international theatre will take over arts venues across Leeds this spring. The first project to officially get the backing of the Leeds 2023 bid, Transform 17 comes to the city from April 19-22 with a mix of performance art, outdoor theatre and large-scale shows created with the help of…

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