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Leeds: City of Culture 2023

Discussion in 'Midlands and the North' started by mrs quoad, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Elephants think I’m cute #brap

    I’m up for that.

    Apparently it’s up against Nottingham, Bristol (there’s a challenge), and somewhere else.

    I’m wondering if it’s proximity to Hull will play against it.

    I’m also wondering who’s got the intervening 4yrs, tbh.
     
  2. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Elephants think I’m cute #brap

    Oh. Capital of culture, apparently. A eu thing.

    Must be the UK’s turn.

    I missed Dundee and Milton Keynes off the list.
     
  3. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Elephants think I’m cute #brap

    “Milton Keynes. EU Capital of Culture.”

    I think we went to ikea there once.
     
  4. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Presumably the winner gets to forgo Brexit and/or be annexed by the EU?
     
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  5. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Elephants think I’m cute #brap

    I can’t help but wonder how the EU would feel about being given Milton Keynes.
     
  6. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Think of it like Kaliningrad, but instead of providing ice-free access to the Baltic, it offers, erm, well, Argos.
     
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  7. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Somewhere under the raincloud

    Nottingam will get it. And we don't even want it, we just don't want Leeds to get it.
     
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  8. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Leeds is pretty good for culture - don't see why it shouldn't get it - there's plenty going on
     
  9. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    Yorkshire twice in a row?

    No.

    I vote for Cumbernauld
     
  10. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Only Liverpool and Glasgow have hosted it so far.
    Cumbernauld isn't in the running.
    Milton Keynes, Derry, Belfast, Nottingham and Dundee are your UK candidates for 2023
    I doubt any will win it cos of Brexit
     
  11. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Honestly, while living in Leeds and really liking the city, I don't think it should even be considered.

    Leeds is a very good city to live in, but that's it. It's not got any of the qualities I'd associate with being a city of culture. It doesn't attract tourists, it doesn't have much in th way of unique art here, and the stuff that is good about Leeds is often done better elsewhere.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to downplay Leeds' contributions to the arts, or its current cultural achievements. It's, as a I said, a great place. Definitely no cultural backwater. But nor is it a capital of culture, or even anything close.

    If we're talking historic achiements, it had (arguably) the first ever moving picture commited to film. It was the birthplace of bleep music - the first UK electronic music genre that was its own thing, and not just a copy of American techno/house. In Henry Moore, it has one of the most influential sculpturists in modernist and abstract art among its denizens. But film is not associated with Leeds. Bleep was done better by Sheffield. And sculpture is not something that resonates with many people.

    Aside from that, Leeds is a shopping city with good clubs and resutaurants, which is hardly unique in Europe, or even rare.

    Mind you, looking at the shortlist above, Leeds has as good a claim as any of those cities.

    Hmm :hmm:
     
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  12. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    How the fuck can Milton Keynes be nominated for this?

    MK itself is an intersting concept...a new city. But aside from that, wtf?! It's a shithole. What's its claim?!
     
  13. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Just Googled MK and it's not even a city :mad:
     
  14. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

  15. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    Alan Bennet. Tony Harrison. Henry Moore. Atikinson Grimshaw. Damain Hirst. Kieth Waterhouse. Birth place of goth. The Who's Live at Leeds. Soft cell. Gang of Four. The Mekons. Corrine Bailey Ray. First Caribbean carnival in the UK. Malcolm Mc Dowell. Peter O'Toole. Kay Mellor. John Simm. Joseph Priestly. Arthur Ransome. Ernie Wise.

    Its a pretty decent cultural heritage.
     
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  16. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to downplay Leeds' contributions to the arts, or its current cultural achievements. It's, as a I said, a great place. Definitely no cultural backwater. But nor is it a capital of culture, or even anything close.
     

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