Leeds 2023 culture strategy continues in spite of Brexit restriction

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Image caption The Leeds bid has actually cost ₤ 1m over the previous 4 years

Prepare for a ₤ 35m “celebration of Leeds” have been announced in the wake of the city’s collapsed bid to be 2023 European Capital of Culture.The European

Commission torpedoed the strategy in 2015 saying the UK will no longer be qualified to have a host city after it leaves the EU in 2019.

The modified programme consists of developing a lighthouse in the city as originally proposed in the 2023 plan.Council employers state

they want to harness the energy developed by the bid.The proposition includes creating a six-year programme that will culminate in a “year-long celebration of the city’s diverse cultures in 2023 “. Jobs consist of placing on a”big” outside community theatre production and developing a sculpture celebration with the assistance of the Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.It is uncertain if other projects revealed as part of the official bid will include in the revised programme.Announcing the plan, Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City board, said an in-principal arrangement had been struck

with a local service to fund constructing the lighthouse on the south bank of the river Aire. The job is inspired by civil engineer John Smeaton who developed a 72ft-high lighthouse on Eddystone rocks near Plymouth in 1759

. Image copyright PA Image caption The leading area of Smeaton’s Lighthouse was re-built at Plymouth Hoe after it was dismantled in 1881 She said:”We want to keep that momentum going and this cultural program

, a direct tradition of our bid, will see much of the concepts sent in the Leeds 2023 quote combined and directed into a new and distinct event of Leeds which will give

the very best of the city’s culture an opportunity to shine on a phase it should have.”More than ₤ 1m was invested in establishing Leeds’ 2023 bid- ₤ 200,000 from the city board and ₤ 800,000 from private funders.A spending plan of ₤ 62m had been proposed for the 2023 European Capital of Culture occasions prior to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, which ₤ 12m was anticipated to be fulfilled by the council.



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