Big name stars from Leeds have joined the growing call to see their home city named European Capital of Culture 2023.
Chart-topping Leeds rockers The Kaiser Chiefs and Grammy Award-winner Corinne Bailey Rae have thrown their weight behind the bid as they prepare to attend an exciting event at the Royal Society of Arts in London today.
The event, which takes place on March 21, will see some of the city’s cultural heavyweights and civic leaders travel to the capital to speak to key national influencers about Leeds’s ambitions to land the prestigious title.
They will set off to London following an appearance at the star-studded Y17 event in York that morning, organised by Welcome to Yorkshire.
Speaking ahead of the event, The Kaiser Chiefs said: “We’re very proud to be backing Leeds’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023 and to see our home city going for such a massive, prestigious title.
“We spent years performing on the local music scene, so we’ve all seen first-hand the talent, energy and passion for music and culture that exists in Leeds.
“The international spotlight the European Capital of Culture title would bring could be a real game-changer for the city and make such a huge difference to those working hard in local communities- everyone should get behind the bid, believe that we can do it and do their bit to give Leeds the showcase it deserves.”
Corinne Bailey Rae added: “I’m thrilled that Leeds is going for the title of European Capital of Culture 2023 and I know how much it will mean to everyone in my home town.
“As someone who grew up in Leeds, I know that culture and diversity are in the city’s DNA and to see local communities at home being given the opportunity to shine on such a big stage is something that’s very close to my heart.