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Welcome to Leeds Big Screen

Welcome to Leeds Big Screen and a new era of public broadcasting in the city, as Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council work together to showcase everything worth celebrating across Leeds and Yorkshire. Our aim for Leeds Big Screen is to create an engaging, visually stimulating and interactive public screen for both our residents and visitors to the city.

Situated in Millennium Square, Leeds Big Screen will broadcast video, photos, text, images, graphics, animation, games and tweets, contributed by Leeds Beckett University and its students, the people of Leeds and the surrounding areas, and businesses. By providing a platform to broadcast a wide range of public interest content, we aim to celebrate the vibrancy of Leeds, the diversity across the region and acknowledge the people that make it the best place to live and work.

The screen itself has been a feature in Leeds since 2005 when the BBC installed interactive screens in squares and public spaces in major cities across the UK. Over the years, the people of Leeds have enjoyed a wealth of high-profile screening events, including the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and, of course, the 2012 London Olympics.These events drew thousands of people to Millennium Square. The screen has also played a major role in delivering Leeds City Council’s Vision for Leedsand supporting its key priorities of health and wellbeing, children and young people, communities, business and being the best city in which to live.

The newly rebranded Leeds Big Screen will continue to support the city’s strategy for delivering major cultural schemes and will enhance city life by providing a city-centre focus for local activities, communities and community events,  and it will continue to respond to opportunities to celebrate significant national and international events.

Our aim is to build on the success of the screen to date and develop the reputation of Leeds Big Screen as a ‘go to’ feature within the city’s cultural and leisure activities. As the programme develops, residents can look forward to topical videos highlighting both the lesser-known and more high-profile aspects of our city’s culture and lifestyle, getting involved with interactive games and experiencing sonic and visual installations. And with catch up tv feature, there’s no excuse for not watching.

We are also able to further enrich the student experience by offering work placements within the project, enabling our students to enhance their technical skills and gain a greater understanding of the media industry.

A variety of intern opportunities will be available involving film, animation and events management roles, boosting the skill set of our students and their experience of working with external organisations.

Speaking about the partnership, Deborah Green, Director of Marketing at Leeds Beckett University, said: “We are delighted with this opportunity to work with Leeds City Council to showcase the rich culture and creative talent we have in our city to visitors and residents alike.”

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for economy and culture, said: “Millennium Square’s Big Screen is one of the most prominent locations in the city centre and is the perfect platform for innovative and creative content that will really show the breadth of leisure, cultural and economic opportunities that Leeds has to offer.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what this exciting partnership will bring to the screen and how it will help to engage the millions of residents and visitors to our city.”

Contributions from the wider community are encouraged. This could be videos, photos, graphic images, notice slides or tweets by using the Leeds Big Screen social media handle #LDSBIGSCREEN. Please see the technical guidelines for screen dimensions or contact the team if you need further assistance. Submitted content must meet the requirements set out in the guidelines which can also be found on the submit page. Please ensure you have read these guidelines carefully before submitting content.

We also welcome ideas and proposals from tech and games developers and artists. The screen has interactive capabilities which can be used for installations and interactive events. Contact us to find out more about the screen’s technical specifications and to discuss your ideas.

Find out more about Leeds City Council City Priority Plan and the Vision for Leeds.

Key Priorities

Together, Leeds City Council and Leeds Beckett University aim to;

  • Promote health and wellbeing to all it residents.
  • Engage with children and young people and promote Leeds as a child friendly city.
  • Provide a platform for communities, groups and organisations to be heard.
  • Champion Leeds as the best city for business.
  • Celebrate Leeds as the best city to live.
  • Showcase Leeds as an exceptional educational hub.
  • Support and grow the talent pool across Leeds and Yorkshire.
  • Explore commercial ventures and meaningful partnerships.

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