In our year-long act of epic storytelling for the city each chapter has awakened our senses, unleashed our playful side and now, has us daring to dream. We thank everyone who has attended, supported and participated in our Year of Culture.
Here are just a few of our highlights so far.
25th October 2022
An unforgettable year in our own backyard. Throughout the year, we’re hosting an array of bold, imaginative projects. Each project offering many ways to participate — attend an event, co-create art, stargaze, or wander the woods. Here's what's happened so far...
January - April
April - May
June - December
October - November
October - November
Growing beyond Leeds' borders to create a strong global legacy for culture and collaboration
What does it mean to exist and thrive in the gaps of a system, the gaps of society?
Sokunge is the word from the Shona language used to describe something in transition, or in the process of becoming; this project by award-winning Zimbabwean artist Masimba Hwati celebrates the small acts of resistance that ordinary people practise every day as they exist in the in-between.
Guardians of Leeds created by acclaimed poet, activist and artist Xabiso Vili is where stories, technology and magic collide. This celebration of unheard perspectives explores how the stories we share shape our reality. Using poetry, augmented reality and illustration, these stories come to life across Leeds.
Projects that put the communities of Leeds at the heart
Heritage is within us all.
It’s in the stories we tell, the food we make, and the songs we sing. It’s what makes our city so special. Hidden Stories is our year-long co-created programme of special projects with creativity at their core, celebrating the heritage we all share.
My World, My City, My Neighbourhood celebrates co-creation in all its forms. From communities taking ownership of disused space to new cultural festivals, the project speaks to the cities rich history of community action and shared agency.
As part of our ticket ballot for ‘The Awakening’, we activated the artist within. We asked you to tap into your creative side and the response was so overwhelming, we simply had to share it.
Waking The Artist was a series of activations of ballot artworks that crescendoed in a beautiful exhibition.
The programme for the Year Of Culture aims to be as truly inclusive and representative of the people of Leeds and beyond. LEEDS 2023 work with all 33 wards of the city and engage with a wide range of Leeds residents in order to make that happen.
Discover the impact we are having on the city with our real-time impact dashboard.