LEEDS 2023 Creative Director and CEO Kully Thiarai – welcomes West Yorkshire’s first elected Mayor Tracy Brabin
“LEEDS 2023 is genuinely excited and eager to begin working with Tracy as the new Mayor of West Yorkshire and England’s first female Metro Mayor. I had the pleasure of meeting Tracy on her campaign trail and we talked about her commitment to a creative recovery and the role the cultural sector plays in generating jobs, unlocking opportunities and creating thriving communities.
The timing couldn’t have been better either as we prepare for LEEDS 2023, a Year of Culture that will also have a transformational impact on the region. We also have a unique opportunity with Kirklees’ Year of Music 2023, Calderdale Year of Culture 2024 and the Bradford City of Culture 2025 bid all set to harness the cultural strengths of West Yorkshire.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Mayor’s role will also be instrumental in advocating for investment from national Government and business to support the sustainable growth of our culture and creative industries across West Yorkshire. This must include working in partnership with communities to showcase and give them ownership of their cultural activities and achievements.
LEEDS 2023 is all about unlocking creative opportunities for everyone and we hope that Tracy will continue to be a champion for a real creative recovery.”