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Why Leeds Is Favourite To Be Crowned Capital Of Culture 2023


With the Leeds 2023 bid for European Capital of Culture gathering speed, betting giants William Hill are offering odds of just 4/6 that the city wins the coveted crown, ahead of Dundee at 5/2 and Milton Keynes at 7/2.

We give five reasons why we think we’re onto a winner:

1. There ain't no party like a Leeds party

If there’s one thing we learned from the Tour de France, it’s that Leeds can compete on an international scale. We’re more than ready for the attention the European Capital of Culture will give us.

2. Our bid will be completely different to anything that's come before

The bid’s beauty is that it’s unique to the city it belongs to, showing off its strengths. Leeds is a completely different case to Hull and Liverpool, and we’ll do things as only we can.

3. We're not just about heritage

We’re rightfully proud of all that, but there’s more sub-cultures in Leeds than you can shake a stick at. We can’t wait to see them come to the fore as part of the bid.

4. We've got breadth

The breadth of cultural activity in Leeds spans the well-known First Direct Arena, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Grand Theatre all staging high profile events, while places like the Tetley, Henry Moore Institute, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Phoenix Dance and the Carriageworks ensure most artistic and performance signposts are well represented.

Throw in sport, music and shopping scenes that continue to knock international rivals out of the park, and you’ve got a fully ticked checklist.

5. We've got energy, ideas, and an appetite for more

It’s the people of Leeds that are going to win us the bid. The city’s communities are overwhelmingly in favour of the bid, and when we’re charged, there’s no stopping our swag.

For more information on Leeds’ bid for capital of culture 2023, visit www.leeds2023.co.uk

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