What’s your favourite cultural jewel in Leeds’s crown?

Is Opera North a cultural jewel? PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Is Opera North a cultural jewel? PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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What’s your favourite cultural jewel in Leeds’s brimming crown?

City bosses are set to vote on whether to put forward a potential bid for Leeds to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

As previously reported, the city could follow in the footsteps of illustrious winners like Berlin, Paris, Athens, and the last English holder of the title, Liverpool in 2008.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is championing Leeds to put in a bid, and today we launch a poll to find YOUR favourite cultural highlight in Leeds.

Could it be the city’s art gallery and museum? Its globally renowned opera and ballet companies? Famous exports like Henry Moore, Alan Bennett and the Kaiser Chiefs? Its West Indian carnival? Or is it perhaps the city’s unique cinematic heritage that makes you most proud?

Throughout this week, we will profile some of the best known examples of Leeds’s vast array of cultural highlights - and some of its hidden gems.

The YEP will also feature interviews with key personalities in the city’s creative scene, as well as those who will be driving the bid forward.

Among the people spearheading the campaign are councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for culture and skills, and Cluny Macpherson, Leeds City Council’s chief officer for cultural matters.

We asked them both what their favourite cultural jewels were, and both admitted they were spoilt for choice.

Mr Macpherson said the city has a wealth of cultural riches, but “we don’t shout about them enough”.

Coun Yeadon added the city has lots of “little gems” but stressed that “we should use this process to uncover more.”

Share your views by commenting on our website below, via Twitter @LeedsNews, email yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk or share your own stories, photos and videos


The Yorkshire Evening Post has launched the #YesLeeds Twitter hashtag to back the bid, and we urge you to get involved with the debate online.

Have your say via our website, www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, on our facebook page or by following @LeedsNews on Twitter.

To vote for your favourite cultural highlight, follow the links on the YEP website. To share your thoughts and to vote email: aisha.iqbal@jpress.co.uk