Capital of Culture 2023

Capital of Culture 2023

YEP Says: We’re grateful for German help

HOW wonderful that our friends in Germany have written a letter criticising Brussels bureaucrats for dismissing Leeds’s Capital of Culture application.

Northern Ballet dancers perform at a Leeds 2023 event in March.

Leeds 2023: Bidders seek legal advice on European culture capital ban

UK cities facing a Brexit ban on their bids to become European Capital of Culture have warned Brussels that they will not be going without a fight.


‘Give us back our £1m capital of culture costs’ says top Tory, after Leeds’s Brussels snub

A senior councillor is demanding Brussels bureaucrats pay back the £1 million spent on putting together Leeds’s seemingly doomed bid for the European Capital of Culture title in 2023.

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6 March 2015 .......   Leeds West Labour MP Rachel Reeves visiting Five Lanes Primary School in  Wortley. TJ100735b Picture Tony Johnson

Leeds MP’s bid to rescue culture title hope

A LEEDS MP is spearheading a cross-party bid to rescue the city’s hopes of becoming European Capital of Culture.

PIC: Simon Hulme

Chris Burn: Culture debacle does not bode well for Brexit

Widespread dismay and anger greeted the news that British cities including Leeds are to be prevented from becoming European Capital of Culture in 2023 by the European Commission, particularly given the vast amounts of time, energy and public money already spent on the prospective bids.

On stage at the Leeds Grand Theatre. PIC: Simon Hulme

Busted: 23 European Capital of Culture myths and Leeds’s credentials to host it

Leeds has submitted its long-awaited bid to be named European Capital of Culture in 2023.

ART ATTACK: Coun Jane Dowson pictured with textiles student Heather Ledbetter-Lyon, 19. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

University’s role in Leeds culture capital bid

Leeds Arts University has a major role to play in helping to secure European Capital of Culture status in 2023, says the city’s Lord Mayor.


Leeds’ real life mermaids have a ‘tail’ to tell for city’s culture bid

Meet the fin-tastic Leeds mermaids making a splash as their home city bids to become the cultural capital of Europe.

PIC: Simon Hulme

Leeds 2023 bid book unveiled as deadline looms

The construction of a giant lighthouse, a festival curated and run entirely by children under 15 and measures to transform parts of the city centre’s most iconic square are among just a handful of projects revealed by the team behind the bid to make Leeds European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Karen Watson, East Street Arts' founder and artistic director

‘Winning the Capital of Culture bid will expand art’s role in Leeds society’

A haven for emerging and established artists alike, East Street Arts is a pioneering national arts organization that has provided creative spaces, opportunity and inspiration to artists for the past 25 years.

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YEP Says: We must work together for Leeds to win the cultural title

IT IS impossible to over-estimate the benefit that Leeds winning the European Capital of Culture race could have on the city and, indeed, the county.


Leeds 2023: Thousands sign online pledge backing city’s European Capital of Culture bid

Leeds’ hopes of becoming Europe’s Capital of Culture is gathering pace after a surge of online support.

The Kaiser Chiefs.

We predict a riot of cultural riches! Kaiser Chiefs get behind #Leeds2023 bid

They have wowed crowds across the continent, playing gigs in some of Europe’s biggest cities.

City Pride: Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips backed the citys 2023 European Capital of Culture bid.

‘Leeds is my city’: United stars back Leeds’ 2023 European Capital of Culture bid

Leeds United stars have thrown their weight behind the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

The Brownlee brothers celebrate success at the Leeds Triathlon.

Leeds 2023: Join the same team as the Brownlees to back culture bid

They’re the Leeds Olympic heroes who’ve made history on some of the biggest sporting stages in the world.

Corinne Bailey Rae, who has backed the Leeds2023 culture bid.

Leeds 2023: Corinne Bailey Rae pledges to put her records on for culture bid

As a two-time Grammy Award winner who’s sold out arenas worldwide, Corinne Bailey Rae has already helped Leeds go global.

STANDING OUT: The striking winning design that was submitted for the scheme.

Showing off the Leeds life and culture

The many forms of Leeds life and culture are being celebrated in a pioneering new project, which is also a nod to the city’s European Capital of Culture Bid for 2023.

An image from last year's Light Night cultural event in Leeds.

Arts funding programme is set to boost Leeds’s 2023 ambitions

An arts funding programme is being launched in Leeds with the aim of boosting the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Leeds Children's Mayor Grace Branford at Leeds Civic Hall.

Leeds 2023: Children’s Mayor gives her support to culture bid

She’s the pint-sized political powerhouse who scooped thousands of votes by pledging to spread some kindness through Leeds’s communities.

Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who is backing the #makeleeds2023 campaign.

Leeds 2023: Culture bid scores support from Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Jones-Buchanan

He’s the Leeds Rhinos legend with one of the biggest personalities in local sport.

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