Leeds is to mark the official submission of its 2023 European Capital of Culture bid by throwing a day-long party extravaganza to which all the city’s residents are invited.
The milestone next Friday (October 27) will see the city officially submit its first stage bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend The Big Send Off, which is taking place in the Quarry Hill area of the city, complete with live music and performances, and some of the city’s finest food and drink offerings.
Running from noon until 8pm, the event will include live music and other acts on a number of outdoor stages, pop-up street performances and fun-filled activities for people of all ages as the area’s cultural venues – including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance and Leeds College of Music – also throw open their doors.
The free event will also tickle the taste buds with an array of delicious food on offer, curated by Leeds Indie Food Festival, and drinks selected by North Brewing Co and their partners. Local favourites Estabulo, TheWardrobe, Kendells Bistro, Aagrah and Impsum Vinoteca will also be serving dishes from their menus.
People will also have the opportunity to find out more about Leeds’ bid to become European Capital of Culture and how they can still help to #MakeLeeds2023.
Sharon Watson, Chair of the Leeds 2023 Steering Group said: “We’re delighted to be officially submitting our bid, and now it’s time to celebrate. Not only will we celebrate the hard work, collaboration, creativity and passion that give has created the bid, but we want to bring together the people creating our culture every day, and give people a sneak peek behind the scenes of some our greatest cultural venues. We hope that you can join us.”
Fun for all the family
From noon to 4pm, families and big kids alike can enjoy performances of Northern Ballet’s Ugly Duckling, or West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday.
Yorkshire Dance will offer rhythm, tap and street style dance routines to both parents and tots. Breeze Leeds will be on hand with sculpture workshops, soft play and lantern making events and young presenters can try their hand radio broadcasting with East Leeds FM or learn a new instrument with Leeds College of Music.
Two outdoor stages will keep the crowds entertained throughout the day and into the night with performances from Leeds Young Authors, SAA-UK, Phoenix Dance, Leeds West Indian Carnival, Aspire’s Sky Fallers, DJs, Poets, Circus Performers and many more.
See the full line up of acts and activities over on our Celebrate page.