Thousands back boroughs £1million culture bid

In Feb 2018, two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, with one taking up the title in 2019 and the other in 2020.

The winning boroughs will be chosen based on their artistic vision and ability to deliver an array of outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area.

Residents have also submitted their ideas for the bid, pledged their support and talked about why the borough is special to them.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

“We have a fantastic arts and cultural offer in Tower Hamlets, and I have been taken aback by the enthusiasm and commitment across our community to becoming Borough of Culture since we launched our bid.

“We’ve received amazing celebrity endorsements including Sir Ian Mckellen, Dame Helen Mirren, the outstanding poet Shamin Azad along with MPs Jim Fitzpatrick and Rushanara Ali backing us.”

“Over the past 6 weeks, community groups, businesses, schools, and libraries, have come together to show that we are the best of London in one borough.’’

Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar & Limehouse said:

“I fully support Tower Hamlets bid to be named ‘London Borough of Culture’ and would like to encourage everyone in the community to back the effort.

"Culture is a statement and symbol of the community and a driver of investment and tourism. We have a proud heritage, we now need to open the arts and creative industries to everyone in Tower Hamlets. Becoming the ‘London Borough of Culture’ would be a fantastic opportunity to inspire.”

Rushanara Ali MP (Bethnal Green & Bow) said:

“I am delighted that Tower Hamlets is entering the competition to become London Borough of Culture. I believe this award will open new opportunities for young people in Tower Hamlets. The award will shine a light on Tower Hamlets, its people and places, and it will provide an opportunity for local residents and artists to come together and celebrate what makes the borough unique through a year-long programme of arts and culture”.

As well as £1m from City Hall for each winning borough, there will be a pot of £600,000 available for to up to six boroughs which don’t win the title, but put forward excellent projects.

Posted on Friday 1st December 2017