Leeds City Council talks culture
Chief Officer for Culture and Sport, Leeds City Council, Cluny Macpherson will be speaking about Leeds current and future ambitions to raise the city's profile as a cultural destination for locals, businesses and tourists:
'Leeds City region has an incredibly rich fabric of textile production and design and this is still reflected in the city architecture. Our recent bid for the European Capital of Culture 2023 drew widely on this and interpreted it in a contemporary way, reflecting the city's current population and digital technology' he says.
Cluny states that Leeds has a much higher ratio of local people visiting museums and theatres than some of its rival cities which are very dependent on tourist income.
Much of the textile tradition in the city dates back to the Cistercian Monks setting up at Kirkstall Abbey in 1152. It was during the 17th and 18th centuries that the city expanded in the woollen cloth trade.