Community call out to take part in My LEEDS Summer

LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture is inviting groups and indiviuals to step forward and take part in My LEEDS Summer events across the city.

Neighbourhood Hosts has been appointed for each of the city’s 33 wards and they are working people in their communities to create activities. Hosts in South Leeds have partnered with Beeston Festival, Hunslet Gala and the Friends of Middleton Park to shine a light on the creativity found on our doorsteps.

Applications are open to everyone who has something creative or cultural to share, whether it is something they do in their spare time or professionally. And when we talk about culture and creativity, we mean it all: art, music, performance, sport, football, cookery, faith – the list goes on.

In each ward there is a maximum of £3,000 available to apply for. Hosts are looking to support a number of people and groups so it’s expected that most grants will be between £100 and £300. But hurry, the deadline to apply is Monday 6 March.

In Beeston & Holbeck, host Amitoj Kaur is looking for “dancers, dance groups and musicians of all styles from many places across the world that have made our ward their home” to perform on the Arena stage at Beeston Festival in Cross Flatts Park on Saturday 24 June.

In Hunslet & Riverside, host Karen Peters, is looking for anyone who wants to celebrate the ward with their creativity vision and flair. “I’m excited to to receive applications offering different types of activity: art, sport, food, dance, craft music, etc” she says, to help reboot Hunslet Gala (17 June, Grove Road recreation ground).

Alison Hughes-Waters, the host for Belle Isle and Middleton, is working with the Friends of Middleton Park to create a family friendly celebration event involving food and drink, music and art, in Middleton Park on Sunday 6 August. She is particularly keen to receive applications from Belle Isle.

Individuals, voluntary groups or organisations who live in, work in, or have a relationship with the ward in which the event is taking place can apply for a small grant to be a part of their ward’s celebration event taking place this summer as part of My LEEDS 2023.

You can find the full brief for each event and details of how to apply at:


Photo: African drumming workshop at Beeston Festival in 2019


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