Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to host "Culture Talks: What Does Leeds Mean to Me", a special event celebrating past, present and future cultural heroes of Leeds. The celebration aims to bring together the business community of Leeds in support of the Leeds 2023 bid to become European Capital of Culture.
"As the Leeds 2023 bid to become European Capital of Culture gains momentum," explained John Alderton, managing partner of the firm's Leeds office, "we want to help bring together all in the local business community to support the campaign. This event will focus on our city's rich and diverse cultural heritage and future, and we hope that our speakers, colleagues and guests from around Leeds will share their views, experiences and insights."
On the back of the scintillating Leeds Carnival 50, the firm is delighted to host its founder, Dr. Arthur France MBE. This bank holiday weekend, the carnival celebrated its 50th year as Europe's longest running West Indian carnival.
"Culture Talks: What Does Leeds Mean to Me?" will be held at the Squire Patton Boggs' office at 6 Wellington Place on 14 September (5:30 – 8 p.m.). Chaired by Henri Murison of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the event will feature several inspiring and distinguished speakers. Among those already confirmed are Claire Mayoh, Archivist at Henry Moore Institute; Dr. Arthur France MBE, aforementioned co-founder of Leeds Carnival; and Ellie Harrison, acclaimed Leeds-based artist and performance maker.
Speakers will present their personal stories addressing what culture has done for them and for the city at large. Participants at "Culture Talks" will also receive an update from Sharon Watson, artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre and chair of the Leeds 2023 bid, on the current status of the bid and the opportunities for businesses to engage.
Discussing the bid, Sharon noted, "Leeds's 2023 European Capital of Culture bid is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the city and wider northern region.
"The bid has already received a fantastic level of support from the business community, which has been extremely pleasing. Undoubtedly, the positive impact of a successful bid for businesses big and small will be exceptional, and events like these allow businesses to speak with one voice in support of the bid.
"We are very keen for SMEs to attend the event to see how they can join the bid, help Leeds win and, of course, give their marketing a cultural boost."
Members from across the Leeds business community are encouraged to attend and participate in this unique cultural celebration of our city. To register for the event or for further information, please contact Alyce Wood.