#YesLeeds: Leeds WILL bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023

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Leeds could soon be joining the premier league of global cultural hotspots.

After 14 months of talks, and a groundswell of support which has built momentum day by day, the city WILL bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Council bosses are set to sign off the start of the application process at a meeting next week.

And it is hoped it will kickstart a journey which will culminate in a glorious year of activities showcasing the best of the city’s cultural and creative offerings.

Culture boss councillor Lucinda Yeadon said: “We have decided after 14 months of consultation that the council will back a bid to look at becoming Capital of Culture in 2023. We knew it could be something that would grab people’s imagination.

“The response has just been fantastic. There’s certainly the desire from the city to go for it – it shows where our ambition lies as a city.

“There are obviously a lot of questions around how it will be funded and what this actually means. But we are very excited.”

Should the city win the bid, it is thought that the council would be expected to make a minimum commitment of 20 million Euros to host the year. However major support would likely come from private sector sponsorship and other major funding streams like the Lottery.

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