Our culture forum will meet in Leeds on 9-11 October 2019 and will focus on
celebrating diversity through innovative cultural partnerships.
Similar to other European cities, Leeds has experienced rapid population and demographic change over the last 70 years. Leeds is the third largest city in the UK with a rapidly increasing population, 19% of whom are from a Minority Ethnic Background. 140 nationalities live here and over 170 languages are spoken in the city. New residents are welcomed to the city every day, whereas some have called Leeds their home for generations. Every single community brings an exciting and interesting culture to the city which is what makes Leeds such a great city in which to live and visit.
But such a rapid change in the demographics of a city asks the question of how Leeds and other cities across Europe can be truly inclusive of their creative artists, residents and audiences. How to ensure that these cultures are celebrated and integrated? How to support cohesion across communities? How to promote equality?
In Leeds, we will explore and exchange ideas on innovative approaches to how new partnerships between culture and other sectors can create inclusive societies. Leeds is looking forward to sharing its successes and challenges (lots of both!) and how it has learnt from its mistakes through decades of welcoming new arrivals and involving long-established communities. Leeds is also keen to learn how other cities have successfully integrated its diverse communities.
The Forum will take place alongside Leeds Light Night which is one of the UK’s largest arts and light festivals, during which some of city’s most iconic spaces are transformed by spectacular lightshows and performances – attracting 80,000 people to the city centre. Light Night is popular - we strongly suggest you book your hotel accommodation as soon as possible.
Leeds is waiting for you. Learn more:
All working documents for the forum can be downloaded here.