Leeds, UK

Upcoming and Recent Programs



The Leeds Committee is launching a British Film Series Sept 2013 - April 2014




Our next showing will be on January 27th, 2014.


The film that will be featured is titled, "Sexy Beast."


To find out more information in regards to the location and time of the event, click here

Here are the listings for the Film Festival:

February 24th, 2014-Tristram Shandy

March 31st, 2014- Get Carter (The Michael Caine version)

April 28th, 2014-Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

May 26th, 2014- Live Forever

All of the showings are free for members.


Non-members have the option to either get a free pass to one of the british film's of the series or to become a member! Click here to get one free pass!


Films will be shown at 5:30pm at 620 S. 3rd Street, 2nd floor.




Louisville plays home to the British government's first ever "pop-up consulate"


The British Consulate-General in Chicago took over office space in the National City Tower March 11 to 15, 2013, to host meetings and receptions for leaders in Kentucky's civic, business, education, law enforcement and nonprofit communities.


Among other exciting events, Sister Cities helped to organize:


- An event to watch the Arsenal v. Bayern Munich Championship Game on March 13th, 2:45pm at Troll Pub under the bridge


- An International Soccer Tournament on March 13th, 7.00pm at Seneca Park


- An Open House / International Tea Afternoon on March 14th, 3.00-5.00pm at the National City Tower


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       Also the event is free but membership for Sister Cities is required.

Membership starts at just $5.

Click here to become a member


Leeds photographer and "Nuluvillian" Jon Eland returns to Louisville


Before September 2010, Jon Eland hadn't heard of Louisville.

In September 2011 he visited and fell in love.

In September 2012 he returned to try and develop a lifelong relationship.


Jon Eland is a photographic image-maker from Leeds, England -- Louisville's UK Sister City -- and visited the city for a second time in September 2012 to complete his "Nuluvillians" project photographing the people he meets in and around the East Market District, and to set up, a collaborative photography project that aims to give those taking photos in both cities to share with one another what their own city means to them.


While Jon was in the city, he arranged a number of events to showcase his photography and the opportunities the photo-sharing initiative offers, including a visual tour of his Louisville journey; a preview of "The Textures of Two Cities," the first project; and a Photowalk as part of the Nulufest.


About LVLLDs is a call to action for the artists and creatives living in both Leeds and Louisville to contribute photographically to a sharing and collaborating ieffort to make citizens of either city more aware of what it means to live in the other -- and to create new artistic endeavours that will both investigate what this means -- and then share it on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


We will be calling for contributions to further coordinated projects such as this - to create a greater awareness of the connection and to invite others into the project.


We are also looking for anyone working photographically to contact us to look at sharing their idea of what it means to live where they do - by showing a gallery of the work they have already created or to create new work specifically for the purpose.


We would also love for artists and creatives to initiate their own projects with those in the other city - and we plan to set up a directory of those interested in getting involved.


Finally - if you want to support the project in other ways, then please get in touch - we want to hear from everyone who is interested in the success of LVLLDS. /


About Jon, by Jon

I investigate the power of multiple images to weave a story across the vision of the reader - providing a narrative journey with pace, stopping off places and areas of natural beauty. My image gathering expeditions look for the elements from which the viewer can construct the broader image - a collection of segments of the landscape that form a visual essay, a curation of the people who make up the essence of an event or a series of snapshots that allow the viewer the option to construct their own narrative - driven by my photographic imagery and direction.


I believe in the strength of publications - in their many forms - as the perfect container for well-formed ideas and in collaboration and sharing as the only ways to generate truly unique and innovative creative approaches in contemporary times.




Of Jon's recent publication, 24 Hours on the Coast, Vincent Keith (Photographer) wrote, "The landscapes have a vernacular quality to them, devoid of sentiment but elegant and evocative all the same," and, in reviewing Crossing Poland for We Are Lucky, Louis Little compared the work to Trent Parke's, commenting: "(I) can relate to the short, sharp and poetic images."

Jon is a founding director of Leeds-based photography group Exposure Leeds is a new type of photographic society -- created with an open, sharing and friendly ethos our focus is on developing skills and experience and in presenting the results to a wider audience. All are welcome and anyone can become a member. Jon's Louisville visit was only possible thanks to the support of his fellow directors and group colleagues.


Contact: Jon Eland,, 502-403-2517 (voicemail). Jon's work can be found at


2011 Middle School Debate Tournament


 City Information


The City of Leeds is recognized as the regional capital of the Yorkshire and Humber with a population of 740,000. The River Aire runs through Leeds. It is considered to be an exceptionally green city with a dry summer climate. The cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Leeds is well represented by a host of museums, from the Royal Armouries to the Thackray National Medical Museum. There are excellent sporting facilities in Leeds, including international cricket and rugby and horse racing at Wetherby. Leeds has a thriving art community with prestigious works at the Opera North, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet Theater and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Leeds is also the business capital of Yorkshire and the Humber, one of the largest economic regions in the country, and one of the fastest growing economies in the UK.



Committee History


Since the beginning of their sister city relationship in 2006, the City of Leeds and Louisville Metro have engaged in successful exchange programs in several professional areas including nursing and law, and in the development of private enterprises such as the Frazier International History Museum. Louisville is located in the Heartland of America", and likewise Leeds is similarly geographically located in the central part of the UK. Both cities benefit from their central locations at their countries' crossroads and have succeeded in creating a competative edge in their countries in commerce, distribution, logistics, biomedical technology, and entrepreneurship. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and the citizens of Louisville recognized Leeds as a Friendship City at the Sister Cities of Louisville 2004 Summit. In 2006, Mayor Abramson, representing the city of Louisville, signed a formal agreement with Leeds.


 Economic Development



The United Kingdom is Kentucky's third largest trading partner.  In 2002, Kentucky companies sold more than $824 million of goods to the UK. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development reports that exports to the United Kingdom support more than 10,000 jobs in Kentucky directly and indirectly. The United Kingdom is a large investor in the Commonwealth, as witnessed by the fact that 30 British firms have operations in Kentucky, employing more than 4,500 Kentuckians.





The UK is the Commonwealth of Kentucky's #1 overseas market for leisure travelers. According to the Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in London, about 110,000 British travelers visit Kentucky each year, spending $93 million, which affects every segment of society. There is great potential for increased tourism between Louisville and Leeds.





In 1999, University of Louisville Hospital (ULH) received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program. The Nursing Department at ULH took advantage of this opportunity to initiate a partnership with the University of Leeds and to make drastic improvements to the work environment of nurses in both hospitals. PDU continues to spread throughout hospitals in England, but ULH is the first hospital in the United States to implement this program. The enthusiasm surrounding the Louisville/Leeds medical partnership is overwhelming.  In 2003, Hospice of Louisville became the second hospital in the United States to partner with the University of Leeds to begin its program.  While PDU teaches, it also provides the opportunity for interaction on a personal and professional level. 





In addition to the exchange of information taking place through the two cities nursing schools, there has been a longstanding and valuable exchange relationship between the two universities law schools that dates back to the 1950s. Each year approximately three professors from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville participate in faculty exchanges with the same number of law professors from the University of Leeds. During the first several decades of exchange, faculty participated in yearlong exchanges. By the 1990s faculty began participating in 2-3 week-long exchanges. These exchanges have led to joint research, seminars, publications and lectures that take place on both sides of the ocean. The UK's Secretary of State for Defense Geoffrey Hoon is among those from Leeds who have lectured at Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.  Currently, Leeds and Louisville are exploring K-12 educational exchanges. In 2009, Jeff Bile and Sylvia Bruton, both instructors at Spalding University, decided to initiate a pilot debate program targeting middle schools, where few debate programs currently exist. The two succeeded in obtaining sponsorship by Spalding University's School of Communication and Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc., in cooperation with Jefferson County Public School's Department of Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs. The first tournament was held in 2010, and a second in 2011 saw a growth in participation. A debate between Louisville and Leeds middle school students is planned for the near future.


 Arts and Culture




One of the premier connections that has formalized between Leeds and Louisville is the partnership between Leeds Royal Armouries Museum and Louisville's Frazier History Museum. In November 2002, filmmaker and playwright Jim Mirrione traveled to Louisville from Leeds to help Louisville's new museums develop their peace-based agendas. Sister Cities of Louisville also promotes Peace and Friendship and hopes to collaborate in the future with the museums on these types of international exchanges.

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 Sister Cities

Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. partners with the following organizations in its relationship with Leeds, United Kingdom:

*English Speaking Union

*Frazier International History Museum

*Local Government International Bureau UK

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