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Kay Mellor announced as Patron of LEEDS 2023

Kay Mellor OBE announced as patron for LEEDS 2023

The Leeds-born and bred screenwriter, director and actress responsible for some of the most well-loved British television drama of the last 25 years including ‘Band Of Gold’, ‘Fat Friends’, ‘In The Club’ and ‘The Syndicate’; Kay Mellor OBE is backing LEEDS 2023, as she becomes patron of the year-long celebration taking place across the city in 2023.

Kay Mellor said: “I am so delighted to be a patron of LEEDS 2023. This city and its people run through my blood and inspire me every day. I am proud to support the 2023 team and champion the local talent that’s emerging from all corners of our wonderfully diverse city.”

Primarily an ambassadorial role, patrons for LEEDS 2023 act as public advocates and supporters for what will be a landmark event for Leeds; 365 days of cultural celebrations involving every ward of the city. Kay Mellor joins existing patrons Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate and the person leading the call for a new National Poetry Centre in Leeds; Grammy and MOBO award winning singer songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae and one of the founding members of the Kaiser Chiefs, bassist Simon Rix.

Kully Thiarai, Creative Director and Chief Executive of LEEDS 2023 welcomed Kay Mellor to the growing list of patrons: “We are incredibly excited that Kay Mellor has joined us as a patron. Her commitment to supporting new talent chimes closely with our plans for LEEDS 2023 and for many years Kay has brought a distinctive voice to her work across stage and screen, regularly incorporating northern, and of course Yorkshire, communities into her writing and performances.”

LEEDS 2023 recently launched ‘Letting Culture Loose’, which will see artists working with local people in communities across the city including on a series of 23 soon-to-be announced new commissions. In addition, the year will see 12 signature events, several major ‘wow’ moments and a multitude of partnership events take place celebrating the best culture, creativity, food and sport Leeds has to offer and bringing an anticipatedeconomic boost of £114m and 1,300 new jobs to the city, according to recent independent research.