We're letting culture loose in Leeds

LEEDS 2023 is now underway, with Part Two: Playing taking over the year-long celebration of culture across the city. As a principal education partner of LEEDS 2023, we’re proud to play our part in letting culture loose in Leeds and to showcase the diverse talent of our students, staff and alumni on a prominent stage.

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Our upcoming Leeds 2023 events

    • 14.00 - 15.00
    • 08 Sep 2023
    • Leeds School of Arts building, City Campus, Portland Way, Leeds, England, LS1 3PB
  • Event Seminar
    • 11.00 - 12.00
    • 09 Sep 2023
    • The Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, Leeds LS10 1LB
  • Event Workshop
    • 14.00 - 16.00
    • 12 Sep 2023
    • Queenswood, Leeds Beckett University Headingley Campus, Churchwood Avenue, Leeds, England, LS6 3GZ
  • Event Seminar
    • 16.00 - 18.00
    • 14 Sep 2023
    • Leeds School of Arts building, Leeds Beckett University City Campus Portland Way Leeds LS1 3PB
  • Event Seminar
    • 11.00 - 12.30
    • 17 Sep 2023
    • Meet outside the Dry Dock Pub, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AX
  • Event Workshop
    • 14.00 - 16.00
    • 17 Sep 2023
    • The Fenton, 161 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 3ED


Get involved

One of the aims of LEEDS 2023 is to create opportunities for everyone. This celebration of everything that makes Leeds special through art, music, food, sport and more, is a unique opportunity for our students and wider community to develop valuable skills and live fun and rewarding experiences. Surrounded by passionate and enthusiastic people from all walks of life, you’ll have the chance to help deliver a transformative year celebrating the great and the good of what Leeds has to offer.

LEEDS 2023 is your chance to be part of a once-in-a-generation celebration of culture. Volunteering is flexible and you can fit your involvement around your schedule.

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Celebrating culture

LEEDS 2023 will showcase Leeds Beckett's 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.

Student performance at Light Night


Leeds School of Arts will host a diverse programme of showcases as part of Making a Stand, one of the 12 main events planned for LEEDS 2023’s yearlong celebration of culture in the city. World renowned visual artist Michael Pinsky and award-winning environmental architects Studio Bark are co-creating a bold public artwork Making a Stand in Leeds City Square, inspired by the Forest of Leodis. The artwork will be animated by a series of events by our Leeds School of Arts students in summer 2023. To find out more about our involvement in Making a Stand, visit our news pages.

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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.

What's new


05 Jun 2023

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22 May 2023


09 May 2023

All news about Leeds 2023


Hear from our students and academics about their involvement in Leeds 2023 and its impact.

  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 Humanities and Social Sciences

    The School of Humanities and Social Sciences 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 Humanities and Social Sciences
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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.

Opening ceremony - The Awakening

LEEDS 2023 officially kicked off with The Awakening, an unmissable opening event at Headingley Stadium. The Awakening celebrated Leeds’s cultural past, present and future in a live show bringing together some of the city’s renowned cultural personalities, including Leeds Beckett Honorary Graduates and alumni. Hosted by LBU Honorary Graduate Gabby Logan and Sanchez Payne, the live show featured Corinne Bailey Rae, LBU Honorary Graduate Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Simon Armitage and LYR, The Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, and many more.

It was great for our community to join the crowd at Headingley Stadium and witness the start of an exciting Year of Culture. Our students had the chance to volunteer and help bring the event to life, which allowed them to gain key skills and experience and meet other enthusiastic volunteers from across the city. 
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