We're letting culture loose in Leeds

Leeds Beckett is proud to be a principal education partner of LEEDS 2023, a year-long celebration of arts and culture which aims to reach every person in the city.

Image of a female student performing on stage with a piece of paper in her hand

WATCH Leeds 2023 - the countdown has begun!

Leeds 2023 - singers and sportsmen

We are proud to continue our support for LEEDS 2023 and look forward to participating in this celebration of all forms of culture in the city. Our heritage in arts and culture has seen generations of artists, performers, architects and creators being inspired by their time at Leeds Beckett University and in Leeds. Our current community of over 3000 diverse creators will benefit enormously from the opportunity to add their creative voices to this transformational year of culture.

Group of dancers in a circle

Celebrating culture

LEEDS 2023 will showcase our creative industries and communities, celebrating the culture which is everywhere in the city. It will give our 28,000 students, 2,800 staff and local communities the opportunity to make, perform, sing, speak, play and more besides.

Inspiring individuality

This provides the ideal stage to reflect on and continue our longstanding contribution to the cultural life of the city, including 170 years inspiring individuality and creativity at the Leeds School of Arts.

  1. Leeds School of Arts

    Leeds School of Arts exemplifies our role in cultural life. Its impressive alumni network of artists, designers, creators and innovators has shaped arts all over the globe while acting as a hub for cultural and industry partnerships across the city.

    From global icons like singer Marc Almond, Game of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner and Leeds cultural leader Sharon Watson MBE, it underpins the powerful claims our city can make as a capital of culture and a thriving creative economy.

    The £80m Leeds School of Arts building offers the ideal platform for the filmmakers, artists, architects and musicians of tomorrow. With state-of-the-art technical equipment, bright studio spaces and a place to showcase and perform, it nurtures home grown skills and ideas. The building has become an integral part of the growing arts and culture scene in the city and has helped to secure the future of the arts in Leeds.

    Visit Leeds School of Arts
  2. School of Cultural Studies and Humanities

    The School of Cultural Studies and Humanities is a community of creative and critical thinkers. They bring together researchers, students and alumni to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment and explore a diversity of topics, from postcolonial literature to carnival cultures, environmental history to urban disasters and social identity, and online racism in football to cultural shaping of new subjectivities in media.

    They work with internationally-recognised academics in history, English, creative writing and media, collaborating with organisations and industry to drive research that changes lives.

    Visit the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Performance with three students wrapped in white cloth against a black background
Evening lighting at the front looking at Leeds Town Hall

Forging ahead

This partnership puts our expertise, ambition, enthusiasm and ideas at the centre of plans to place culture at the heart of the city’s future. LEEDS 2023 will allow Leeds Beckett to forge new partnerships with creative industries, communities and businesses, and offer opportunities for staff and students to engage with and deliver the cultural celebration.

Leeds 2023

The countdown has begun!