Celebrating 50 years of the Leeds-Dortmund partnership

This year, 2019, the cities of Leeds (UK) and Dortmund (Germany) will have been twinned for 50 years. LD50 is a project that celebrates our golden anniversary through the arts, particularly literature.

A series of exchanges between writers in Leeds and Dortmund will take place culminating in a weekend festival at ChapelFM Arts Centre and other venues across the city.

The University of Leeds is really excited to be supporting the celebrations with translation services, and we are looking forward to the festival in October.
The support of Leeds 2023 has enabled the setting up of a series of creative writing exchanges: between primary school children, older people, university students, young people’s writing groups, and members of the thriving Anglo German clubs, as well as published poets and more established writers, all culminating in a weekend festival (2nd-5th October).

This celebration will feature Live performances from Chapel FM which will all be broadcast, thus enabling participants in Germany to be part of the celebration even if they cannot physically attend. There will also be interviews with people, in church groups, choirs, language societies, who have benefited from 50 years of peace and friendship between our two cities.

You can find out more details at the project website here: