Capital of Culture 2023

Capital of Culture 2023

City’s culture masterplan unveiled six months after Leeds 2023 is snubbed

The controversial Brexit-fuelled ending of the UK’s involvement in the European Capital of Culture competition was a bitter blow for Leeds.

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Leeds needs to make room for a diverse and skilled next generation

Many people will have heard about the cancellation of Leeds’ bid to be 2023 Capital Culture.

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DANCE WITH DESTINY: Tom Holdsworth and Hannah Bateman of Northern Ballet at a Leeds2023 promotional event last year. PIC: Steve Riding

Aisha Iqbal: We’ll party like it’s 2023 ...with or without EU!

Act One ended with a real cliffhanger, the second act promises some further intrigue - so heaven only knows where the denouement will take us!

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The Tour de Yorkshire finishes in Scarborough

Plans to bring another major sporting event to Leeds as city vows to carry on with year of culture bid

A major sporting event could come to Leeds after business and civic leaders vowed to press ahead with plans for a year of cultural celebration despite Britain being excluded from the formal European Capital of Culture process.

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PIC: Tony Johnson

YEP Says: Why our culture bid can still pay dividends for Leeds

WHATEVER THE rights and wrongs of Leeds’s bid to compete for the right to be European Capital of Culture, it seems that the City Council was right to persevere with the bid.

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PIC: Tony Johnson

Where did it all go wrong for Leeds’s Capital of Culture bid?

How have we ended up in this situation with the Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid? Here, the Council answers 10 key questions about the disallowed dream and what happens next.

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PIC: Simon Hulme

YEP Says: Dust ourselves down Leeds and become a cultural success

PERHAPS now is the time to dust ourselves down and get on with making Leeds a cultural destination.

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PIC: Simon Hulme

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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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