Impact & Data

We’ve worked with partners and audiences to calculate the reach and engagement of LEEDS 2023.

Child points at artwork hung up at Headingley Stadium
JMA Photography

Our impact

Working with The Audience Agency, the Centre for Cultural Value, Open Innovations, BOP Consulting and our audiences and partners, we’ve evaluated LEEDS 2023 activities to understand our reach and engagement. 

A full evaluation of Leeds' Year of Culture will be available in late 2024. In the meantime here are some of our initial findings.

Figures on this page are early indications and are subject to change when the full evaluation is released. The source button will take you to a page on our data site which provides a little more information about each metric.

Our Impact on the City

An unforgettable year in our own backyard.

Throughout the year, we put on a series of creative projects collaborating with cultural partners, artists and communities to create an inspiring, inclusive year with, by and for the people of Leeds.


Events were produced by LEEDS 2023 across every Council Ward in Leeds


Projects delivered as part of LEEDS 2023


Artists engaged with the programme delivery


Cultural Partners in Leeds, nationally and internationally collaborated on the programme

Developing Skills

You could learn all sorts of skills as part of LEEDS 2023. How to build a barn or a website. How to produce a podcast or a gig. How to code a game, market an event, be more sustainable. From paid on-the-job learning to workshops and online courses, as well as opportunities to volunteer on our large scale events, there was a lot to learn during LEEDS 2023.  



gave up their free time to support LEEDS 2023

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Lee Brown Photography

Giving back to the city

Whether out and about at events or supporting behind the scenes, the Year of Culture couldn't have been such a success without the support of our volunteers. They had the unique chance to take part in some amazing experiences, meet incredible people and be part of the culture of the city.

"I've lost count of the number of handshakes, hugs and fist bumps I’ve had. LEEDS 2023 has given me the opportunity to meet literally hundreds of people from a huge range of backgrounds, I’ve had informative and interesting chats, deep meaningful conversations and some exchanges which could only be described as surreal." A LEEDS 2023 volunteer.


Hours were donated by volunteers


Students engaged in internships and placements


Young people engaged through youth development projects


Neighbourhood Hosts delivered the My LEEDS 2023 programme

Our Impact Supporting Cultural Education

By developing a free, inclusive creative learning programme we offered children and young people a chance to take part in the Year of Culture.

From creative workshops and participatory challenges to classroom resources and activities, there was something for every key stage. All of it linked back to the curriculum, so students’ experiences aligned with learning goals.


pupils engaged

with LEEDS 2023 activities with schools


Total engagements with schools


Young people designed a grant scheme for children and young people


Young creatives co-created Children's Day: Reimagined with Fevered Sleep


Schools took part

Young Creatives pose for a photo together features 10 children
JMA Photography

A Celebration of Inclusivity and Enrichment

"The Year of Culture presented an incredible opportunity for our school to engage with the broader cultural community of Leeds and foster a deeper appreciation for the arts and heritage among our students." - Daniel West, Moor Allerton Hall Primary School

Reach and Engagement

Our programme has brought together people locally, nationally and internationally. From live major events to online digital experiences, the city has been alive with activities for everyone.  


Unique views of the LEEDS 2023 website from 1 Aug 2022 - 1 Jan 2024


Pieces of editorial coverage from 1 Jan 2023 - 5 Jan 2024

LEEDS 2023 Reports

Check back here from late 2024 to read the full LEEDS 2023 evaluation report. In the meantime, read reports where LEEDS 2023 has been featured as a case study.

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Inclusive Growth Network: Culture and creative industries: A catalyst for inclusive growth

Read the report

SAIL Sustainability reports

Read the SAIL sustainability reports

Explore more data

LEEDS 2023 has collected and shared open data relating to the year’s programme. It’s available to explore on our data site.

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