The countdown to LEEDS 2023 has begun with the announcement of major national partners from arts and sport playing a part in delivering the city’s ambitious plans for a transformational year of culture, including the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The British Library, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United, the National Youth Theatre and WOW – Women of the World each are developing creative projects with the LEEDS 2023 team, headed up by Creative Director and Chief Executive Kully Thiarai, for the year-long cultural programme.
Leeds Culture Trust ‘let culture loose’ in London tonight [Tuesday 25th January] when the team behind LEEDS 2023 gave a tantalising taste of the nationally significant event that aims to boost the social and economic fortunes of Leeds and the wider region. Adhering to government Covid guidance, the audience of partners and potential stakeholders were given a taste of things to come with performances by one-man musical phenomenon Le Gateau Chocolat, 2020 Oram Award-winner DJ NikNak and Poet Laureate Simon Armitage at the event which was hosted by LEEDS 2023 Trustee and broadcaster Sanchez Payne and took place at the British Library.
Chair of Leeds Culture Trust, Gabby Logan, said: “To have attracted such a breadth of partnerships from major organisations across education, arts and sports is amazing and shows that Leeds is already a city of creativity and ambition. Leeds’s sporting achievements are renowned but its time in the cultural limelight is long overdue. All these brands have huge international reputations, and they will help us put Leeds on the world stage for culture.”