Life of Mandela to be celebrated with events

Fformer South African President Nelson Mandela.
Fformer South African President Nelson Mandela.
Have your say

Leeds is gearing up for a week-long series of arts and cultural events to commemorate the life and works of the late Nelson Mandela.

Held across the city from April 24th–30, Celebrate Mandela will help to honour the values and inspiration at the heart of the former South African President’s globally recognised achievements.

To boost the celebrations, Leeds City Council is making small grants available to groups, schools and organisations to stage public events which bring generations and communities together. Celebrate Mandela also aims to share with young people how the icon touched the lives of people of all ages so that his legacy and values live on in Leeds for generations to come.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Nelson Mandela continues to hold a very special place in the hearts of the people of Leeds. Celebrate Mandela is a great way to bolster our commitment to ensuring that the amazing impact he had on so many across the world, lives on in a city which is proudly shaped by culture, diversity and heritage. The events will be another opportunity for Leeds, especially our young people, to be inspired by his incredible qualities of forgiveness and humility as well as his passion for freedom and respect for all.”

The anti-apartheid revolutionary visited Leeds in 2001 and was welcomed by a huge crowds of people when he opened Millennium Square and was made an Honorary Freeman of Leeds.

Applications for Celebrate Mandela grants are invited from Leeds based organisations, community groups, and schools for up to £1,000.

On April 27, the South African annual public holiday Freedom Day celebrates freedom and commemorates the 20th anniversary of the country’s first democratic, post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as President.

Details about how to apply for grants can be found at

Regional Director of Northern Rail Sharon Keith, pictured at Leeds Railway Station..23rd March 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Rail chief pledges to keep Leeds and the North moving as two-day strike looms