Leeds’s culture title bid could cost city up to £500k

Fireworks light up the sky above Leeds Town Hall in celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Depart.
Fireworks light up the sky above Leeds Town Hall in celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Depart.
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Leeds is the first city in the country to publicly discuss a possible bid to become a European Capital of Culture for 2023.

The news comes after councillors heard it would cost the city between £300,000 and £500,000 to work on the bid “in cash and in kind”.

Members of Leeds City Council’s sustainable economy and culture scrutiny panel were yesterday told that a survey revealed more than 75 per cent of respondents wanted to the city to bid for the prestigious title.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technology, culture and skills, said during the meeting: “Personally I think this will be brilliant but the decision has to be made with your head.”

She told the panel the authority has to consult with everyone in the city before coming to a decision about whether to place a bid.

But she said several of the city’s universities have already pledged their support if a bid was put forward.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that support was starting to gather pace across the city for the right to host a year of cultural events in 2023.

And YEP readers took to social networking website Twitter to share their thoughts about whether Leeds should follow in the footsteps of Berlin, Madrid and Liverpool for the title.

Norrie Harman said: “2015 big year for Leeds with British Art Show coming to town and a plethora of creative/cultural events.”

@antiquesdave said: “It already is.”

@EasbyGraham said: “This is a definite opportunity to keep the momentum going.”

@MartinWalker666 said: “No. Not unless people start to take pride in the city. Less litter, less graffiti, cleaning up after their dogs, no flytipping!”

The authority’s executive board will receive a report and recommendation in February next year.

The paper will reveal the results of the ongoing consultation and recommend whether the city should place a bid.

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