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LEEDS 2023 & Bradford 2025: Shared Cultural Futures

A partnership between two major events organisers to share knowledge and insights and create a guide for other cities hosting events

Project information


Total Spirit grant

August 2023 – May 2024

Project duration

Leeds Culture Trust

Grantee organisation

LEEDS 2023 is an independent, not-for-profit Year of Culture supporting hundreds of creative and cultural events across the city and beyond. Meanwhile, neighbouring Bradford has been named as UK City of Culture 2025, and is set to deliver more than 1,000 new performances and events and a series of major arts festivals and major national and international collaborations.

As LEEDS 2023 nears its end and Bradford prepares for 2025, Spirit of 2012 awarded a grant to Leeds Culture Trust (who manages LEEDS 2023) to support a collaboration between the two major events organisers. Shared Cultural Futures will facilitate knowledge exchange and mutual learning, as well as engage key stakeholders in both cities and the broader arts and culture sector of West Yorkshire. The project aims to strengthen evaluation and learning capabilities, establish educational channels between the organisations, produce innovative digital learning resources, and ensuring the lasting impact of LEEDS 2023.

Furthermore, the project prioritises early training for volunteers from Bradford in Leeds, offering them practical, hands-on experience through “live testing.” The ultimate aim is to foster collaboration and collectively develop a roadmap for other cities seeking to organise culturally significant events that meet the needs and aspirations of their communities.

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Project aims

  1. Enhanced community engagement and co-creation
  2. Strengthened volunteering practices and collaboration
  3. Effective knowledge transfer between LEEDS 2023 and Bradford 2025
  4. ‘Test and learn’ methods of effective knowledge sharing across major events
  5. Enhanced knowledge exchange through participatory events


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