Leeds joins with French town to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

This week Leeds sent a wreath of poppies to the French town of Bus-lès-Artois to pay tribute to the members of the Leeds Pals who tragically lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme. Bus-lès-Artois holds a special link with Leeds as it was here where the Leeds Pals and Leeds Rifles regiments were… Read More Leeds joins with French town to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

Leeds celebrates World Refugee Day

Leeds has joined other cities from across the world to mark and celebrate World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. To recognise and raise awareness of the importance of refugees, Leeds has united with the Intercultural Cities Network to support the campaign ‘Everyone Counts’ #CitiesWithRefugees. … Read More Leeds celebrates World Refugee Day

Mayor of Dortmund visits Leeds to celebrate 50 years of partnership

Throughout the month of October, we’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of twinning between Leeds and our German partner city of Dortmund. And to cap off our celebrations, last week, we hosted a visiting delegation from Dortmund which included the Mayor, Manfred Sauer. During the visit the delegation met with some of the organisations that… Read More Mayor of Dortmund visits Leeds to celebrate 50 years of partnership

Leeds Dortmund 50 writing & music festival announces full schedule

The LD50 (Leeds/Dortmund 50) literature festival has announced an exciting schedule of music and literature events as part of Leeds’ 50th anniversary celebrations with the city of Dortmund. With the anniversary celebrations just two weeks away, LD50 will celebrate the occasion with a festival of literature and music involving artists from both Leeds and Dortmund.… Read More Leeds Dortmund 50 writing & music festival announces full schedule

Celebrating 50 years of partnership with Dortmund

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of twinning between Leeds and the German city of Dortmund. And to celebrate we’ve got an exciting programme of events lined up over the coming months which includes singing, writing and a prize giveaway for football fans! Leeds’ partnership with Dortmund dates back to 1969, when, following the end of… Read More Celebrating 50 years of partnership with Dortmund

Learning from our partners: Lord Mayor visits Dortmund and Siegen

Last week the Lord Mayor, Councillor Graham Latty, and the Lady Mayoress, Councillor Pat Latty, visited Leeds’ partner city of Dortmund to take part in the annual cultural festival, ‘DORTBUNT! One City! Many Faces’. The festival aims to celebrate the wide cultural diversity in Dortmund with a range of music and cultural performances taking place… Read More Learning from our partners: Lord Mayor visits Dortmund and Siegen

Leeds and Hangzhou library services agree to work closer together

Earlier this month Leeds Libraries’ Chief Librarian, Andrea Ellison, visited our Chinese partner city, Hangzhou, to sign an agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) which looks to enhance cooperation between the two cities’ library services. The visit formed part of a wider British Library funded UK-China Library network trip. In this blog post, Andrea shares her experiences… Read More Leeds and Hangzhou library services agree to work closer together