European Capital of Culture 2023 – Volunteers required

Leeds City Council is inviting expressions of interest from people who want to be part of the steering group who could help shape Leeds’ bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023.

Positions are open to everyone for the roles of:

  • Independent chair – this person will run the steering group and delegate responsibilities to each member
  • Members of the main steering group – responsible for agreeing the vision, focus and themes of the bid before its submission to the judging panel in December 2017
  • Members of sub groups – will focus on separate areas including cultural programming, marketing and communications, finance and fundraising, European partnerships and community engagement.

Applicants for the positions will be shortlisted and then interviewed before the final appointments are announced.

Already part of the steering group is Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for culture, representatives from the two other main political parties and a representative from the University of Leeds.

Councillor Blake said: “This is the first major milestone in the process of putting our bid together, so it’s important that we engage a full cross section of our communities who can help us ensure that we really showcase the very best Leeds has to offer.

“We want to hear from anyone who thinks they might bring something unique to our bidding team and who can enable us to draw on a range of expertise from within the cultural, third sector and business communities.

“Above all, it is imperative that at its heart, the bid paints a true picture of what a vibrant, dynamic and culturally diverse city Leeds is and that it typifies the passion and enthusiasm of the people who live here.”

An expression of interest must be submitted near the end of 2016, with a final bid submitted by December 2017

The decision to bid followed a wide-ranging 14-month public consultation, which gathered the views of local communities, children and young people, cultural organisations and the city's independent arts sector.

To express your interest in being part of the European capital of Culture 2023 steering group and sub groups, visit the opportunities page and fill in the form.

Forms must be returned to Leeds2023 by Friday 31 July 2015.

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