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Our bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023

Message of solidarity from Leeds’ Black and Brown female cultural leaders

"We are with you in solidarity, and with an open heart" - a message of solidarity from Leeds' Black and Brown female cultural leaders

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An open letter to the Culture Secretary from black, asian & ethnically diverse theatre artistic directors and cultural leaders

Our creative director, Kully Thiarai, signs an open letter to the Culture Secretary on the importance of including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders in discussions about the post Covid 19 recovery of our sector.

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The Good Book by Slung Low and Leeds People’s Theatre

Launched today this is the first public project of Leeds People’s Theatre, an idea developed by Holbeck-based theatre company Slung Low with support from Leeds 2023

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Our cultural trip to Rijeka, February 2020

Our chair, Ruth and Kully visited Rijeka who are hosting European Capital of Culture this year, they came back with a mass of information to help us plan our own approach to Leeds 2023.

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Why we need culture now more than ever

Our Chair, Ruth Pitt writes about how culture can help us to triumph over adversity more effectively than almost anything else.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Leeds 2023 Statement

Ruth Pitt Chair of Trustees Leeds 2023 and Kully Thiarai Creative Director Leeds 2023 have issued a joint statement:

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Book commemorating first generation Jamaicans of Leeds launched

The Eulogy Project, celebrating the lives and journeys of first generation Jamaicans who settled in Leeds in the 1940s to 60s, and are no longer with us.

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Leeds 2023 R&D Challenge

Ahead of developing detailed plans for an international year of culture, Leeds 2023 wishes to support a small number of active projects that meet the following criteria:

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Working towards an east Leeds pavilion

The team behind East Leeds Project update us on the next phase of their journey towards building a pavilion which will be the very first maker space in east Leeds.

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Help put the art in the Art Hostel

East Street Arts have found a new home for their Art Hostel! Support them in transforming the building into a truly unique, affordable space for Leeds visitors and residents to enjoy.

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All That Lives: Ellie Harrison reflects on collaboration between continents

What happens when a team of artists from Mexico come to work in Leeds? The Grief Series are on their first step on the journey to create a Day of the Dead Celebration for the people of Leeds.

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“The future is uncertain but still full of possibility”

Amy Letman reflects on Transform’s four year journey developing as an international festival for Leeds.

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THEATRE. DANCE. PARTIES. ADVENTURE. Transform 19 has been announced

From 26 April – 4 May artists’ work will light up Leeds’ iconic venues, hidden spaces, empty warehouses and city streets.

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Sounding good together with Music:Leeds

Music:Leeds has launched. The new regional, not-for-profit development body will provide a new level of support for those invested in Leeds music scene.

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Gearing up for 2023, an update from our Chair, Ruth Pitt

"The nights may still be long but there’s a spring in our step" - Our Chair, Ruth Pitt looks at what's in store for 2019.

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Fond farewell as Leeds 2023 begins exciting new chapter

Sharon Watson, outgoing Chair of Leeds 2023 looks back at what has been three incredible years

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We are looking for trustees to join our board!

Could you help Leeds 2023 deliver a year of culture, transforming how Leeds is perceived across the world and engaging every community in the city? We are now seeking trustees to join our board!

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“Playfully Disruptive” It’s Compass Festival 2018!

As the fourth Compass Festival prepares to open, we spoke to Co-Director Annie Lloyd about what you can expect around Leeds this November.

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Getting ready for 2023

Leeds 2023 will draw international visitors to the city, many of them for the first time and it is important that the city is ready for them. Leeds 2023 along with Leeds Business Improvement District and Visit Leeds worked together to understand visitors and non-visitors' current perceptions of our city.

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Leeds Culture Trust seeks new Chair to deliver on ambitious plans

Leeds Culture Trust has been set up to create a five-year, £35 million cultural investment programme to culminate in our year of celebration in 2023. We are now seeking an exceptional, visionary and dynamic Chair, who will help us drive this ambition forward.

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Dear Yorkshire, keep that spark alive

Sharon Watson, Chair of the Leeds 2023 Independent Steering Group writes about the importance and value of culture and her passion and pleasure to play a part in Leeds’s 2023 European Capital of Culture bid.

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The East Leeds Project

What's life like in the east of the city? This month we caught up with Kerry Harker, Founder and Director of the East Leeds Project about opening up a creative conversation to look at the future of East Leeds.

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‘Bus Pass’ a brand new theatre production created by older people

This month we hear from to Alan Lyddiard, Director of The Performance Ensemble and the founder of ‘Bus Pass’- a large-scale performance project involving thousands of people in Leeds over the age of 60.

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Amy Letman reveals exciting plans for Transform 19

On Thursday 10 May at Duke Studios, Transform hosted a teaser event for their next festival a year from now, Transform 19. We spoke to Creative Director, Amy Letman about what to expect next spring.

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Christmas comes early as celebrated author Michael Rosen visits East Leeds schools

Leeds East Primary Partnership Schools had an early Christmas present when they got a surprise visit from celebrated children's author Micheal Rosen

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Dortmund writers exchange stories with Leeds

Following the outcome of the UK referendum writer Peter Spafford had a strong desire to reach out to writers in other countries, to investigate the possibility of working with a writer from a different country with a different language.

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Music:Leeds – Making music in Leeds better

Music:Leeds is a project about “making music in Leeds better” we caught up with Sam Nicholls aka Whiskas who has masterminded the project to find out more.

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Opera North Youth Chorus meets Aarhus 2017

A group of 30 talented singers from Opera North's Youth Chorus headed to Denmark to open the first GrowOP! Opera Festival for children and teenagers as part of Aarhus 2017's European Capital of Culture programme.

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Real life mermaids have a fabulous 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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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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Skulptur 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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