Revealed: Culture really is around every corner in Leeds

Leeds’s cultural venues are uncovering culture like never before as they come  together to celebrate the diverse offering of the city and encourage residents and visitors  alike to join in with the cultural fun. 

Named as the UK’s most vibrant city and placed in the top 100 places to visit in the world,  Leeds will see its cultural institutions come together this spring as part of its Culture Around  Every Corner campaign. 

Home to over 40 cultural institutions representing the very best of culture in the UK, this  campaign is led by Visit Leeds in collaboration with Culture Consortium Leeds (CCL) and  other organisations such as Art Hostel, East Street Arts, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Chapel  FM Arts Centre which together create the unique landscape of Leeds’ cultural scene. 

An experience like no other, Leeds is a leading centre for culture, boasting a scene of  international food & drink, street art, country house estates, ground-breaking new  performances, legendary music festivals and shows and renowned global sport. 

Revealing that culture is around every corner in Leeds, the destination management  organisation for the city, Visit Leeds and all cultural partners have uncovered that visitors  are never further than a 10 minute walk away from a cultural attraction in Leeds. 

Highlighting the Leeds experience with the message that culture in Leeds is open, Culture  Around Every Corner is challenging residents to explore and rekindle a love for the great culture that is on their doorstep, whilst visitors have an immense opportunity to try  something new and uniquely ‘Leeds’. 

Edward Appleyard, Director of Engagement at Harewood House Trust and Co-Chair of CCL’s  Marketing and Communications group, commented: “As a city that’s in demand, Culture  Around Every Corner has been designed to bring the cultural venues of our city together and  show visitors the breadth of cultural experiences there are to enjoy. We’re extremely  excited for the launch and our venues working more closely than ever before to celebrate  this incredible, culture-rich city.” 

Hannah Hughes, Marketing and Communications Director at Leeds Playhouse and Co-Chair  of CCL’s Marketing and Communications group also commented: “We’re delighted to be  working with a variety of our cultural venues in the city and we can’t wait to reveal what  Leeds has to offer as part of this campaign. There’s a real appetite for venues to work in  collaboration with one another and support each other and this demonstrates how fantastic  the Leeds cultural community is.” 

This campaign comes on the back of two years of lockdowns, and the message is loud and  clear – culture in Leeds is back for good. 

Some of the cultural highlights for this season (April to June) include: The riotous Hedwig  and the Angry Inch at Leeds Playhouse, directed by Jamie Fletcher and starring drag queen  Divina De Campo in April; a solo exhibition of new work by Nigerian artist Bubu Ogisi at The  Tetley; the Henry Moore Institute celebrates the UN Year of Glass with an exhibition of  contemporary glass sculpture; Leeds Museums and Galleries host workshops, trails and  activities alongside exhibitions including ‘Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy’; Opera North’s  version of Wagner’s most mysterious drama Parsifal opens in June; Howard Assembly  Rooms present the best in eclectic and international music every weekend and host  musicians and singers from the asylum community for Refugee Week in June; Leeds Grand  Theatre’s stellar line-up sees Broadway hit School of Rock, the National Theatre’s award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, plus a bit of razzle dazzle in  Chicago

Outside the city centre Harewood House Biennial this year is Radical Acts: Why Craft  Matters, an exhibition showcasing how small radical acts can have a massive impact on the  world and Yorkshire Sculpture Park present David Nash: Full Circle until June. 

And if you are looking for activities to entertain the family you can try: Family favourite The  Gruffalo at Leeds Playhouse in April; Royal Armouries’ jousting tournaments and Medieval  Easter with the chance to try some sword skills; Leeds Young Film Festival 2022 at the  Carriageworks combining games with film screenings; explore dark and murky disease  ridden streets, and ask ‘Can Robots Care?’ at the sometimes gruesome but always  fascinating Thackray Museum of Medicine; and at the first direct Arena, The Masked Singer  comes to the live stage plus a host of full-pelt live music and more. 

Culture Around Every Corner precedes Leeds’ Year of Culture: Leeds 2023. Designed to ‘let  culture loose’, Leeds 2023 will see 12 signature events alongside a multitude of creative  experiences take place across the city in a celebration of all things culture. Made for  everyone, local, national, and international artists and communities will be coming together  to create a year-long celebration unique to Leeds. Gearing up to the Year of Culture, the  Culture Around Every Corner campaign is just the start of what’s to come. 

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