Leeds, the Young and Vibrant City of Culture in 2023

November 15, 2022

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  • Leeds has been declared UK’s 2023 city of culture. LEEDS 2023 promises to deliver an animated and surprising cultural programme to mark its UK City of Culture status.

  • Enabling access to culture, LEEDS 2023 will develop around different projects, aimed at encouraging the engagement of around 75% of the city's population.

  • An investment of over £25 million in organising the City of Culture events is estimated to ultimately bring in a total revenue of around £114 million. The city’s 2023 visitor economy will benefit from the creation of over a thousand new jobs, and from an overall growth of 10%.

Next year’s granting of the official title of City of Culture to Leeds only serves to reinforce its fame as one of the UK’s most effervescent cultural centres.

Calling Leeds a perpetual city of culture would not be an exaggeration, but an appreciation of its constant endeavours to promote creativity and artistic expression.

Leeds was the top favourite in the competition for the European capital of culture of 2023. Due to Brexit-related misunderstandings, however, it was ultimately disqualified.

The city will nevertheless stay true to its name and fame, as LEEDS 2023 promises to deliver an animated and surprising cultural programme to mark its upcoming UK City of Culture status.

Culture and festival scene in Leeds

Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire. It plays host to an impressive number of iconic festivals, ranging from food and music, to film, dance and theatre. Leeds Festival conjures some of the most popular bands every year, while Leeds International Film Festival is comprised of a wide-ranging selection of international films.

Various food festivals, tech-and-culture events or literature and creative skills festivals are but a few of the yearly cultural treats that Leeds spoils its visitors and residents with.

LEEDS 2023: concept, vision and projects

The city’s multicultural spirit, youthful vibes and love for diversity will all be celebrated in 2023. Furthermore, culture has been underlined as one of Leeds’ major drivers of the post-pandemic social and economic recovery.

Inclusivity and relevance, diversity and sustainability will all be at the core of organising next year’s LEEDS 2023 events. Weaved around the concept of ‘opportunity’, the city’s plan for 2023 as a transformational year focuses on children, young people and communities.

Enabling access to culture, LEEDS 2023 will develop around different projects aimed at encouraging the engagement of around 75% of the city’s population. Raising awareness of the city’s plurality of communities and their untold stories, and supporting social change to empower newer generations of creatives are seen as priorities.

Other projects will be exploring and maximising the use of public spaces, and encouraging international artistic dialogues, to create and display original new artwork.

Estimated economic boost

The year-long event is expected to generate hundreds of paid entry-level work opportunities, be they internships, apprenticeships, or work placements.

An investment of over £25 million in organising the events is estimated to ultimately bring in a total revenue of around £114 million.

The city’s visitor economy will benefit from the creation of over a thousand new jobs, and from an overall growth of 10% in 2023.

Luxury apartments in Leeds’ cultural district

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Located in Leeds’ cultural district, the development offers high-class fully-furnished apartments. With stylish interiors, the flats are spacious and bright, and have access to high-end amenities.

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