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People are making culture happen in every corner of the city. This is your chance to see behind the scenes and meet some of the people doing everything they can to #makeleeds2023

Our bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023

My EUROCITIES journey: collaboration and community

Pria Bhabra is Leeds City Council’s Commissioning Officer for Migrant Access which following a secondment with partner cities in the EUROCITIES network went on to win a European award for her work with the Leeds Migrant Access Partnership project.

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Leeds joins European cultural innovation network

We are proud to announce that Leeds has been accepted to the Network for Innovations in Culture & Creativity in Europe (NICE) which is part of the European Centre for Creative Economy.

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Skuptur Projekte Munster and Documenta 14

Skulpture Projekte 2017 is a festival of sculpture (and increasingly objects/ installations/ moving image) that takes place in a diverse range of locations across the small city of Münster. Initiated in 1977 by curator Kasper Koenig, the project seeks to activate, and create, spaces in the public realm through new site-specific commissions by contemporary visual artists.

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Writing Away (Leeds-Dortmund Poets Exchange)

In September, a poet from Dortmund, Ralf Thenior, will visit Leeds for a week. He will present a live radio programme on Chapel FM with myself and local writers, work with a group of young German students at Lawnswood High School, headline a special Headingley LitFest event, and read at a ‘house gig’ in Meanwood.

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East Street Arts Championing the City’s Greatest [EX]Sports

Firm football aficionados and cycling enthusiasts East Street Arts is no stranger to the grit and gruel of the sporting world. Best known for their unwavering support of artists through studios, residencies and support services they are as likely to be found paint-splattered in the studio as they are they are chanting on the terraces, so when a chance to marry their two loves came along it would have been rude not to.

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Mass Silo

Ben Mills, an experimental performance maker and live artist based in Leeds ventured to Rotterdam earlier this year with support of the Leeds 2023 Explore Fund, a new fund we've set up to support the city's artists, creators and makers to explore new collaborations with international partners, as the city develops its bid for the European Capital of Culture title.

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