Capital of Culture 2023

Capital of Culture 2023

Busted: 23 European Capital of Culture myths and Leeds’s credentials to host it

Leeds has submitted its long-awaited bid to be named European Capital of Culture in 2023.

ART ATTACK: Coun Jane Dowson pictured with textiles student Heather Ledbetter-Lyon, 19. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

University’s role in Leeds culture capital bid

Leeds Arts University has a major role to play in helping to secure European Capital of Culture status in 2023, says the city’s Lord Mayor.


Leeds’ real life mermaids have a ‘tail’ to tell for city’s culture bid

Meet the fin-tastic Leeds mermaids making a splash as their home city bids to become the cultural capital of Europe.

PIC: Simon Hulme

Leeds 2023 bid book unveiled as deadline looms

The construction of a giant lighthouse, a festival curated and run entirely by children under 15 and measures to transform parts of the city centre’s most iconic square are among just a handful of projects revealed by the team behind the bid to make Leeds European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Karen Watson, East Street Arts' founder and artistic director

‘Winning the Capital of Culture bid will expand art’s role in Leeds society’

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.

Our city

YEP Says: We must work together for Leeds to win the cultural title

IT IS impossible to over-estimate the benefit that Leeds winning the European Capital of Culture race could have on the city and, indeed, the county.


Leeds 2023: Thousands sign online pledge backing city’s European Capital of Culture bid

Leeds’ hopes of becoming Europe’s Capital of Culture is gathering pace after a surge of online support.

The Kaiser Chiefs.

We predict a riot of cultural riches! Kaiser Chiefs get behind #Leeds2023 bid

They have wowed crowds across the continent, playing gigs in some of Europe’s biggest cities.

City Pride: Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips backed the citys 2023 European Capital of Culture bid.

‘Leeds is my city’: United stars back Leeds’ 2023 European Capital of Culture bid

Leeds United stars have thrown their weight behind the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

The Brownlee brothers celebrate success at the Leeds Triathlon.

Leeds 2023: Join the same team as the Brownlees to back culture bid

They’re the Leeds Olympic heroes who’ve made history on some of the biggest sporting stages in the world.

Corinne Bailey Rae, who has backed the Leeds2023 culture bid.

Leeds 2023: Corinne Bailey Rae pledges to put her records on for culture bid

As a two-time Grammy Award winner who’s sold out arenas worldwide, Corinne Bailey Rae has already helped Leeds go global.

STANDING OUT: The striking winning design that was submitted for the scheme.

Showing off the Leeds life and culture

The many forms of Leeds life and culture are being celebrated in a pioneering new project, which is also a nod to the city’s European Capital of Culture Bid for 2023.

An image from last year's Light Night cultural event in Leeds.

Arts funding programme is set to boost Leeds’s 2023 ambitions

An arts funding programme is being launched in Leeds with the aim of boosting the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Leeds Children's Mayor Grace Branford at Leeds Civic Hall.

Leeds 2023: Children’s Mayor gives her support to culture bid

She’s the pint-sized political powerhouse who scooped thousands of votes by pledging to spread some kindness through Leeds’s communities.

Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who is backing the #makeleeds2023 campaign.

Leeds 2023: Culture bid scores support from Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Jones-Buchanan

He’s the Leeds Rhinos legend with one of the biggest personalities in local sport.

Richard Gregory, Yorkshire Bank

Leeds 2023: Employer is banking on support for culture bid

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.

Sir Gary Verity at this year's Great Yorkshire Show

Leeds 2023: Sir Gary Verity champions Leeds’ ‘truly unique identity’

He’s been one of the driving forces behind showcasing the very best of Yorkshire to tens of millions of tourists.

Amy Letman, creative director with Transform.

Leeds 2023: Transform’s creative director makes pledge for Leeds culture bid

Earlier this year, a spectacular international theatre project took over a string of the city’s most prominent arts venues.

Andy Rawnsley, chief executive of Aspire, with members of the drama group at Hillside Enterprise Centre in Beeston.

Leeds 2023: Cultural aspiration can help overcome learning difficulty

A pioneering social enterprise, Aspire Community Benefit Society brings culture into the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Tracy Basu, Bramley Baths chief executive and operations manager Courtney Harrison

Leeds 2023: Bramley Baths colleagues take the pluge to back culture bid

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.

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