Stay up to date with all the latest news, press releases and official statements from the Leeds 2023 bid for European Capital of Culture

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Press releases

Weaving Us Together: Leeds 2023 Unveils European Capital of Culture Bid

The team behind Leeds’ bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023 has unveiled its exciting plans for a year-long programme to create a cultural celebration across all 33 wards in Leeds in 2023.

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Leeds Art Gallery will reopen to the public on 13 October 2017

Leeds Art Gallery is pleased to announce that it will reopen its galleries to the public on 13 October 2017, after a period of closure to undergo essential repairs to the original roof and the historic Victorian building.

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MOBO Awards return to Leeds for 22nd Awards this November

The MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its 22nd annual celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday 29 November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

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Europe, we are waiting! #MakeLeeds2023 pledges hit target

People from Leeds and beyond have given a major boost to Leeds’ 2023 European Capital of Culture bid after helping organisers reach a major milestone.

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#MakeLeeds2023 initiative launched

The #MakeLeeds2023 campaign – launched to mark the 100 day countdown to the city’s bid submission - is asking residents, businesses and communities in Leeds to back the bid by making an online pledge to actively spread the word.

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Leeds Named as 5th In Lonely Planet’s Top 10 European Destinations

Lonely Planet has named Leeds as one of Europe’s top destinations for international travellers this summer.

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Global Businesses Back Leeds 2023 Bid for European Capital of Culture

Three more high profile businesses have lent their support and financial backing to the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

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Stars Come Out to Back Leeds’ 2023 Bid

Big name stars from Leeds have joined the growing call to see their home city named European Capital of Culture 2023.

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Momentum Builds for City’s 2023 Bid as New Sponsors Announced

A trio of new high-profile sponsors have thrown their weight behind Leeds’s ambitious bid to land the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2023.

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Business Community Invited to Back the Bid for 2023

Leading local businesses will come together later this week to hear how they can unite behind Leeds’s once-in-a-generation bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023.

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