Cultural experts trip the light fantastic as EUROCITIES Culture Forum comes to Leeds

Cultural experts from across Europe gathered in Leeds as the city celebrated its most colourful annual arts spectacular. Leeds City Council, in collaboration with the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds’s cultural sector, welcomed 98 of the continent’s top cultural experts, representing 58 different cities to this year’s EUROCITIES Culture Forum. With…

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Executive board ready to back Leeds Culture Trust

The newly-formed trust that will spearhead a game-changing cultural investment programme for Leeds is set to get the official backing of the city’s senior councillors next week. Members of Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to approve a formal grant agreement with the Leeds Culture Trust, sparking an ambitious, four-year programme of…

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Light Night’s glowing goliaths will be out of this world

A group of gigantic, luminous humanoids will land in the city centre for a captivating interplanetary installation at this year’s Light Night Leeds. The mesmerising piece, entitled Fantastic Planet, is set to be one of the highlights of the annual cultural spectacular and will be found in the event’s new Victoria Zone, occupying sites…

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Leeds 2023 is backing the light fantastic

The city’s new international cultural festival is throwing its weight behind one of Leeds’s most spectacular annual arts events. Leeds 2023 has this week been announced as the headline partner for October’s incredible Light Night Leeds, setting the stage for a dazzling demonstration of the city’s world-class cultural offering. Taking place over two-night son…

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Search has begun for leader of city’s new cultural cornerstone

The search has begun for a dynamic new leader to spearhead the city’s ambitious vision for an international cultural festival celebrating the best of Leeds. Following approval from Leeds City Council’s Executive Board last month, Leeds Culture Trust is looking for a chair with the skills, knowledge and influence to assemble a high-level board…

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People Powered Press is right type of attraction for museum

For centuries, it’s been home to the hulking heirlooms of Leeds’s industrial heyday which once propelled the city to the pinnacle of global production. Now a modern mechanical marvel powered entirely by people has taken its place amid the technological giants of the past at Leeds Industrial Museum. The incredible People Powered Press, thought…

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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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New pop-up pavilion transforms Victoria Gardens this summer

This summer Victoria Gardens in the heart of Leeds city centre will be transformed into a pop-up pavilion and playspace for two weeks from 12-28 August. Park Here & Play is a large-scale ambitious project and realised through a collaboration with Leeds City Council, DLA Design and Leeds Art Gallery and other partners building…

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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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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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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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