Through our bid we will reconnect with each other across Europe and beyond

Our bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023

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We’re connecting with people across Leeds, Yorkshire, Europe and the World to #MakeLeeds2023, find out who we’ve met so far and the stories we’ve shared with below and over on our blog.

Current Funding Opportunities: Explorer Fund

The Explore Fund will support artists and organisations from across the city who want to collaborate with their counterparts from across Europe and the world. Learn more about the fund and download applications and more information.

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Here are a few messages of support from our international partners

City of Espoo

Espoo, Finland

Good luck from Espoo we’re looking forward to working with you on the Erasmus+ project

Gymnázium Matyáše Lercha (Mathias Lerch Gymnasium)

Brno, Czech Republic

Our grammar school Mathias Lerch Gymnasium Brno has the most vivid and outstanding memories of the cooperation with some of your schools in the past therefore we are sending you and your schools the best of luck in the future!

Kurt Eichler Managing Director of the Cultural Department of the City of Dortmund

Dortmund, Germany

Leeds 2023 - a bid for a vibrant and enthusiastic city and community on the European roadmap! Well done! Congratulations!

Isabelle Jeuffroy, Rectorat d'académie de Lille

Lille, France

Leeds capitale européenne de la culture 2023: le Rectorat d‘académie de Lille croise les doigts pour son partenaire éducatif