LEEDS could soon by vying for the title of European Capital of Culture.
Civic leaders are set to start discussions about putting the city - home of Europe’s oldest authentic West Indian carnival, the Opera North HQ and the Henry Moore Institute - forward for the prestigious title in 2023. It has previously been awarded to Liverpool, Glasgow and a host of other cities like Istanbul, Rotterdam and Marseille.
The winning city holds the EU-designated title for a year, during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and development.
Leeds’s bid for recognition will start in earnest with a discussion event at Leeds Town Hall on January 7.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said: “While 2023 may seem a long way away, it is very important, given the work that would be involved, that we begin a conversation as soon as possible to see whether there is a real appetite for Leeds to bid to become the European Capital of Culture.
“The aim of our meeting next month is to formally kick-off this discussion, and we would love to hear from groups and organisations representing a wide range of networks in our city.
“There is a fantastic vibe about Leeds at the moment, and the opportunity to possibly build on that, to supplement high-profile events already in our diary such as the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, is certainly an exciting one.”
The European Capital of Culture award is separate to the UK City of Culture prize recently awarded to Hull for 2017.
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