A Year of Culture
Through our programme, partnerships and promotion of the brilliant culture in our city, we aim to:
Unlock opportunities for everyone to find enjoyment and live their best life through participating in creative activity
Boost engagement in culture particularly among people who face barriers because of their experience or circumstances
Lead and showcase cultural transformation
Play an active role in the city and region’s social, economic and cultural recovery from the pandemic
You can read more about how we will do this in our Business Plan.
There’s extraordinary stuff in this city, some things we don’t even realise are here, so for one whole year we’re throwing open the doors and we’re making ourselves known. We’re Letting Culture Loose.
We’re a city that’s as much about food, as it is about dance, as much about art as it is about sport. We’re a place where people turn old into new, disused into reused, broken into ground-breaking. We’ve spent long enough being quiet about it, so now’s the time to shout about culture, perform it, make it and imagine it every day, in every part of the city.
When this place speaks, it has a proper story to tell.
A thriving, exciting and inclusive Leeds. Where creativity fuels opportunity. For everyone.
To deliver a year of creative experiences which connect people and change their relationship with culture for good.
Across the wider region, LEEDS 2023 will highlight the strength of our tourism and creative industry, creating an expected return on investment of 8 to 1 across West Yorkshire.
We want to be as transparent as possible about our data and performance. You can see how we’re doing against our aims for LEEDS 2023 on data.leeds2023.co.uk