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Becoming European Capital of Culture

Leeds 2023 is our bid to become European Capital of Culture. Use the links below to find out more about what a European Capital of Culture is, why Leeds wants to win, who is involved in the process and the journey they city has been on so far.

Journey So Far

Start where it all began in 2014 and follow our journey so far, taking in major events and milestones, city wide consultations, a slight blip involving the small matter of a referendum and the city coming together to win this for Leeds.

Explore where we are in the journey


We’ve tried to answer all your burning questions but we might have missed something. Grab your beverage of choice and get up to speed on all things European Capital of Culture. If you can’t find what you’re looking for get in touch and we’ll add it.

Read our FAQ’s



Everyone in the city can join in and have your say. This month, tell us what you would like to see going on in the city in 2023!

— What’s it all about?


Leeds 2023 gives our artists, makers and creators a chance to contribute to a year-long cultural programme on an international scale.

— What will it do for Leeds?


With the eyes of the world upon us, Leeds 2023 is the perfect opportunity to support your city and put your business in the international spotlight.

— Meet the team