Andrew Cooper: Leeds buzz set to continue into autumn

AWARDS: Kaiser Chiefs performed at the ARIAS 2016.
AWARDS: Kaiser Chiefs performed at the ARIAS 2016.
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What a fantastic summer we have seen in Leeds.

Leeds Pride, Leeds West Indian Carnival’s 50th anniversary, Eat Leeds Restaurant Week, Cookridge Street’s pop-up park and a host of summer events on Briggate; the city has really been buzzing.

So much so I don’t want it to stop… and indeed I feel that as we move into September, it won’t.

Despite the mixed bag of summer weather, summer is not technically over til September although there is always someone who reminds you that the nights are drawing in and it’s time to hibernate.

Well there is no time for hibernation in Leeds as there is a plethora of activity and events for everyone to enjoy.

September sees the return of ‘Thought Bubble’ to Leeds. This is the biggest comic art festival in the UK and this year it will be even bigger and located in the centre of the city in Millennium Square and Leeds Town Hall.

Frequented by celebrities such as Jonathan Ross and comic book artists from across the world, this event achieves the accolade as ‘the best comic festival in Britain.’ With under 12s and over 65s gaining free admission, it is well worth a visit.

LeedsBID is an organisation which is funded by 1,000 businesses in Leeds and one of our objectives is to see Leeds thrive with a vibrant events calendar. This gives Leeds a point of difference.

We support existing events like Thought Bubble throughout the year with funding and practical support to enhance the ‘Leeds Experience’.

Businesses are also keen for LeedsBID to attract new events to the city and for the second year in succession, Leeds has been chosen by The Radio Academy to host its annual awards extravaganza – the ARIAS (Audio & Radio Industry Awards).

The event, open to the public this year, will be hosted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills at first direct arena. The UK radio industry will descend on Leeds on October 19 and you are invited to the party.

Light Night Leeds is also a special time in the city’s event diary. For the second year in a row, Light Night will cover two evenings on October 5-6 and LeedsBID is proud to support this, working collaboratively with Leeds City Council in a variety of ways.

This event continues to grow and surprise, with new artwork and installation planned this year; it will be a truly memorable few days for Leeds and one not to be missed.

Andrew Cooper is the Chief Executive of LeedsBID (Business Improvement District).