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Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council

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Give 2023
a shout out

Help tell the world

Since Leeds first announced its intention for bid for the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2023, the city has hosted a string of high profile, international cultural events.

Unforgettable occasions like the British Art Show 8, the MOBO Awards and the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon have attracted huge crowds from around the UK and beyond, cementing the city’s reputation as a home of world class events.

As leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake has seen the positive effect these events have had on the perception of Leeds and both here and in other cities.

Leeds was even recently named in Lonely Planet’s top five places to visit in Europe in 2017.

With just 100 days to go until the city’s 2023 bid is submitted, it’s more important than ever that everyone does their bit to raise the city’s profile.

Councillor Blake, who is also deputy chair of the Leeds 2023 independent steering group, said: “Leeds’s reputation as a city that excels at hosting truly world class cultural events has continued to grow and our bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 was massive statement of intent about our ambition for both now and in the future.

“We’ve so much to be proud of in Leeds and so many things that set us apart from other cities, and this is our chance to celebrate that uniqueness and tell everyone about the amazing things they can experience in our city.

“As we get closer to submitting our bid, I’m pledging to ensure the bid is part of our eclectic events programme over the coming months, making sure culture remains at the core of everything we do.”

Over the next 100 days, people across Leeds can support the city’s 2023 bid in their own way, sharing their pledges on social media using #makeleeds2023.

Pledges could include telling 23 family and friends about the bid, sharing details about the bid with everyone on your social networks or downloading an exciting new Maker’s Manual, which includes creative ideas for how to get involved, from the Leeds 2023 website.

Sharon Watson, chair of the Leeds 2023 independent steering group, said: “The enthusiasm for the bid that we’ve already seen from people across Leeds has been truly inspiring and it’s clearer than ever that there’s an incredible passion for this once-in-a-generation opportunity for our city.

“With the all-important submission date now fast approaching, we’re keen to harness that collective energy and help spread the message that the bid is something that everyone, from every walk of life can be a part of.

“We’d urge as many people as possible to take this chance to get involved, pledge their support and help show the world that culture is at the absolute heart of Leeds and our communities.”