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Our bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023

Connecting a city through culture

Our journey started in 2014 when we first asked the people of Leeds if they wanted to see the city bid for the title of European Capital of Culture and they responded with a resounding YES LEEDS!

We’ve come a long a way since then, we’ve had our ups and downs but we are still here and still committed to celebrating the cultures that bring our city together and put Leeds firmly on the map, with a five-year cultural investment programme culminating in a year of cultural celebration in 2023.

Leeds will harness the energy, creative and momentum created by the bidding process to create its own celebration of the city’s cultural life which will continue to celebrate our international connections and heritage.