Leeds showed off its artistic credentials in style as Culture Secretary Maria Miller paid a visit to Northern Ballet’s headquarters.
Mrs Miller was a guest at a roundtable event held at the Quarry Hill building by city investment organisation Leeds and Partners.
She discussed ways of attracting more domestic and foreign visitors to Yorkshire with key players from the White Rose county’s tourism industry.
The event also gave Mrs Miller the chance to watch rehearsals for Northern Ballet’s production of The Great Gatsby.
Yesterday’s (Jan 28) visit coincided with the launch of a new marketing campaign by tourist board VisitEngland that is promoting short breaks in the country’s leading cultural destinations.
Leeds and Partners chief executive Lurene Joseph said: “[We] are determined that we are able to use our seat at the top table to influence policy and draw investment and tourism into the city and wider region and we are working with VisitEngland to make sure we are at the forefront of the best the UK has to offer.”
Northern Ballet chief executive Mark Skipper, meanwhile, hailed the cultural activities provided in Leeds as “remarkable”.