On the global stage

An International Leeds

We've reached out to Europe and the wider world to bring together communities, creatives, academics and cultural leaders across six continents throughout the year.

Global reach

With over 175 languages spoken, Leeds is one of the UK’s most culturally exciting and diverse cities. This is one of the city’s greatest strengths. By using the lens of Leeds’s diaspora to connect people and communities, the Year of Culture has helped create a whole new world in the city.


Countries and territories took part in LEEDS 2023


International artists participated


International cultural leaders visited Leeds


Short films from 24 European Countries were presented as part of EUNIC: In Short with the Europe Union Delegation to the UK.

Feeling Her Way by Sonia Boyce featuring four performers Errollyn Wallen, Jacqui Dankworth, Poppy Ajudha, Tanita Tikaram
Beatriz Garcia

"Leeds has demonstrated that even without a formal framework, you can still be a vital part of international network"

Dr Beatriz Garcia

Associate Director of the Centre for Cultural Value

“What’s really distinct about Leeds is the determination of the city to maintain its international networks. Working towards a one-off event enabled the city to work trans

a photo of Masimba Harare an african man in a silk shirt posing in front of sunflowers

“Being part of LEEDS 2023 has been a big thing for my career."


Masimba Hwati

Artist - Sokunge

“LEEDS 2023 has opened up a new field of collaboration with amazing people for me. I’ve also learnt more about Leeds as a city, and its place in British history.

performers are lit with headtorches, lit birds fly and the audience looks on
JMA Photography

The future of culture

Discover our journey, 10 year in the making. From the very beginning, the people and city that made it all happen to our thoughts and experiences of culture and the future.