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Coun Lucinda Yeadon and David Edmund from Dep Arts at the festival launch

Coun Lucinda Yeadon and David Edmund from Dep Arts at the festival launch

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There are little over 200 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup tournament.

And now Leeds is set to launch an exciting partnership formed to showcase the city’s unique cultural offering alongside the sporting spectacular.

Dep Arts has joined forces with Leeds City Council to bring a number of interactive and innovative experiences across the city under the umbrella TRY.

As Leeds debates the opportunity to bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, the local authority is exploring new ways of working, partnerships and different funding models to deliver its high profile events programme.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for culture said: “It is really important to us to be able to work with local independent providers as part of the major national events that we host and indeed across all of our services, and to support the local economy by doing so.”

Alongside the cultural programme which will be led by Dep Arts, the city will also host a Fan Zone at Millennium Square from September 18 until October 10 featuring activities and performances ranging from sports to culture, arts and education.

Dep Arts most recently worked upon a joint production with Slung Low. Titled Emergency Story Penguin it has received glowing reviews nationwide and featured a submarine installation with puppetry, video and music.

David Edmunds from Dep Arts said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds City Council on TRY.

“It is the perfect way to celebrate Dep Arts’ 10th birthday working in our own city on a project of this scale and ambition.”

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