City-wide engagement has always been an incredibly important part of our bid to become European Capital of Culture. This fact was highlighted by a number of commentators during 2015, and the following submission was of particular interest to our team, originally posted on The Leeds Citizen Blog:
“COULDN’T WE THINK ABOUT HANDING OVER THE BID TO THE PEOPLE OF LEEDS?
It would be easy. All you’d need to do would be:
Get a list of everyone who pays council tax, randomly select 20 old and young from each postcode, lock them in a room and tell them to get on with deciding what the European Capital of Culture will be like in their bit of Leeds. These “juries” will invite and welcome local people and organisations coming to them to pitch ideas. They’ll weigh the pitches up …
… and what they say goes.”
The Leeds Citizen, City-wide Leeds blog
Another suggestion at the time called for a series of open access meetings hosted in different community settings. It was intimated that the events could be facilitated by Ward members and local cultural organisations. We felt this was a really strong idea, and plan to roll out a version of it once the bid is officially launched in 2017.
“Making 2023 something that is great for tourism to have people see it and want to come here is important, but it’s also important to get everybody in the city involved.”
Adi Granov, ThoughtBubble Festival