London Borough of Culture Award Event

On the 11th of February Sadiq Khan announced the much anticipated winners of the London Borough of Culture for 2021 & 2023 and the winners of the Cultural Impact Award.


Seven boroughs were invited to City Hall to present their bids to an expert panel, who then made recommendations to The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE.


The London Borough of Culture award was inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes. The award uses culture as a tool to empower communities and transform young people’s lives.


Winner for 2021: Lewisham

Lewisham’s ‘Cultural Activism’ bid, aims to motivate locals to take action to fight climate change. The borough will hold hundreds of events throughout 2012 putting climate change at the core for example Lewisham will hold a tribute to The Rock Against Racism movement, a large-scale dance performance and a climate change carnival.


Winner for 2023: Croydon

Croydon’s bid also put tackling the climate emergency at its heart with their bid ‘This is Croydon’. Croydon residents will enjoy events around the themes of progress, nature, inclusion and growth including a reuse and recycle fashion show.


Cultural Impact Award

The Cultural Impact Award awards up to £200,000 in funding for individual projects.


The three winning bids were:


Hammersmith and Fulham: ‘Sounds Like Hammersmith & Fulham’ will run a music training programme for excluded young people


Haringey: the Haringey Cultural Feast will take over Alexandra Palace, with local artisans creating everything from the crockery to the napkins for the event, with the proceeds going to food banks


Sutton: the Sutton Steams ahead project aims to use the arts to find creative solutions in science. Young people willhost a laser and light show event created with the help of the community.