Retail property specialist and developer of Victoria Gate, Hammerson, has teamed up with Leeds Kirkgate Market to deliver a series of interactive school tours, aimed at celebrating Leeds as a global city leading up to the Tour de France.
The five-week event, commencing on Thursday, will showcase some of the 130 different nationalities and international communities within Leeds and encourage children to appreciate cultural diversity and where food comes from.
Each week school classes will tour the market learning about different communities and tasting native foods, as well as watching cultural performances from Zulu and Chinese Lion dancers and listening to talks from Leeds’ very own community representatives.
Cultures from Nigeria, China, Southern African, Italy and France will be showcased throughout the event.
Allerton CE Primary, Valley View Community Primary and Hunslet Moor Primary are just a few schools participating in the tours.
Commenting on the initiative, Hammerson’s community manager, Jon Brooks said:
“The International Food Tours will help to promote the market as an interesting and thriving place at the heart of the city.
“The Victoria Gate development will neighbour the market and we intend to support the market’s growth, exposure and development as much as we possibly can as well as profiling the diverse population of the city.”
Sue Burgess, Leeds Kirkgate Market’s manager said:
“It is great to be working with our new neighbours, Hammerson, on this initiative.
“Children really engage with the market and its cultural diversity by learning in a fun and interactive way, and we hope they will become great ambassadors for market shopping now and in the future.”