Leeds gets fired up for 2023 Capital of Culture bid

Residents across Leeds have been applying to take part in the city's bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.
Residents across Leeds have been applying to take part in the city's bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.
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Applications have been flooding in to the civic hall from people across the city wanting to get involved with Leeds’ bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.

Since the Yorkshire Evening Post’s front page article on Saturday urging the city’s residents, organisations and businesses to come forward and help shape the bid, over 50 applications had already been received by yesterday morning.

Requests have been submitted from all corners of the city to be part of the steering group and sub groups who will pull together the all-important bid in time for the December 2017 deadline.

Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for culture, said the level of interest is an impressive start to the city’s journey to join the premier league of global cultural hotspots.

She said: “The fantastic response we’ve had already is a reflection of the enthusiasm people in Leeds have for culture and the genuine passion they feel for their city.

“It’s clear that people are really keen to be involved in helping to shape the bid and that they want to see their communities represented and celebrated in what is a unique opportunity to showcase the best of Leeds to the world.

“I hope we continue to see expressions of interest flood in because we really want this bid to belong to the people of Leeds and for that to happen, we need to hear from you.”

The deadline to express an interest in joining the groups is July 31.

Visit http://www.leeds-2023.co.uk to fill in the form and return it to leeds2023@leeds.gov.uk.

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