Questions of Culture & More…
The Tea & Tolerance project took to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal – where we replaced the teapots with cups of tea, and the usual questions with conversation regarding the Cultural Strategy Consultation for Leeds City Council.
WHAT DOES CULTURE MEAN TO YOU?
Art. Chips. Food.
Diversity. Colour. Dancing.
An Existential Crisis.
Heading off to Brid.
A couple of days off.
Going out for a meal or two…
One persons culture is another persons…
What does it all mean?
I mean: I like to see artists that I know
Not ones I don’t (& the opposite, of course)
For free, for you and for me…
West Indian Carnival: The oldest in Europe.
A SURPRISE, sometimes.
It was a beautiful day as we made our way along & back a stretch of the canal. We had a range of participants – some from the Men’s Room in LS14 and others who had got wind of the invite and wanted to join in. So there was a good mix of wo/men of different ages from around 30 to 75 years old. Seventeen of us in total, on 2 barges.
WHAT COULD LEEDS DO BETTER?
Transport. Free parking.
Renovate old buildings.
Events & concerts in the park.
Boat rides on the Lake.
Spend our cash in local areas
(In my day a trip to town was a luxury)
WHY SHOULD EUROPE CARE ABOUT LEEDS?
I don’t think they really do.
But they should:
“Cos I’m here!”
Because of the history of Leeds.
Learn from the History (&the onward trajectory)
Learn from our mistakes
Learn from the diversity of
Cultures & PEOPLE…
It was engineering once _ and wool _ and Corn (Exchange)
And CHALLENGER tanks too.
Canal systems & connections
(From East to West, we know best!)
And with every moment of monumental pride, does there not always come a fall? But the barge chugged on and a pair of jeans got caught around the propeller. And as the un-picking was done – Let’s clean up our waterways, we said – and I wondered about Shire Horses and slowing right down along the towpath… How about “Traditional” canal boat rides and drays pulling Tetley’s Beer round the streets. The Lord Mayor’s Parade?! A Citizens Celebration, maybe? How about vast City Parks full of trees and the Slowest Ride on Earth..? How about this and HOW ABOUT:
WHAT IDEAS DO YOU HAVE TO PUT LEEDS ON THE WORLD MAP?
Show other countries how Leeds works…
Drawing the City
A skyline exchange
Picture your City…
The Tour de France
Integrate the canal system with ‘City Living’
(the fast & the s l o w… )
Always the right time
Dedicated walking routes
From the Leeds Hub…
The Trails of the Dales Centre
Located in LS. Gateway to Beauty