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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2023 case study- Skeletons: Our Buried Bones

It’s one of the most stunning, bold and thought-provoking exhibitions Leeds has ever seen. Now one of the curators behind Leeds City Museum’s incredible new Skeletons: Our Buried Bones has backed the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023. Ruth Martin, the museum’s curator of exhibitions, has worked with colleagues from…

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2023 case study- East Street Arts

A haven for emerging and established artists alike, East Street Arts is a pioneering national arts organization that has provided creative spaces, opportunity and inspiration to artists for the past 25 years. Based in east Leeds, their diverse programme of public activities and community projects help to ‘demystify’ and open up contemporary art and…

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Culture under the spotlight as top Euro artists come to Leeds

Exciting European artists will be lighting up Leeds with a series of captivating creations when Light Night returns to the city this October. Taking place just a few weeks before the city officially submits its ambitious bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023, the astonishing arts spectacular will see Leeds host illuminated…

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2023 case study- The Kaiser Chiefs

The ambitious bid to make their home city European Capital of Culture in 2023 has struck a chord with Leeds rockers The Kaiser Chiefs. The chart-topping band, who started out playing gigs in the city’s local pubs, have gone on to sell millions of records, and sell out venues worldwide. Now the Kaisers have…

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2023 case study- The Brownlee brothers

They’re the Leeds Olympic heroes who’ve made history on some of the biggest sporting stages in the world. Now Leeds’s triathlete brothers Jonny and Ali Brownlee are helping their home city to lead the pack in the race to become European Capital of Culture in 2023. The Brownlees, who took a stunning first and…

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2023 case study- Corinne Bailey Rae

As a two-time Grammy Award winner who’s sold out arenas worldwide, Corinne Bailey Rae has already helped Leeds go global. Now, fresh off a show-stopping home city performance on Millennium Square, the multi-platinum artist has pledged her support for the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023. With October’s submission deadline…

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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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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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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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