The London Borough of Culture award is a major new initiative which was launched last June and offers more than £1million of funding to the winning boroughs to stage a programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the boroughs’ future.
Croydon is one of 22 boroughs that have made a bid to for the title, the result of which will be announced at a special ceremony at City Hall next Tuesday, February 27th.
The two winning boroughs for 2019 and 2020 will now each receive an additional £250,000, specifically to help young people from diverse backgrounds get involved in creative projects.
This is on top of £1.1m already committed to each winning borough, to deliver a programme of ambitious cultural activities, placing culture at the heart of communities and celebrating the unique character of local areas. This brings the total award available to each winning borough to £1.35million.
A further £250,000 will boost the funding available for up to six ‘exemplary’ projects, bringing the total fund available for exemplary projects to £850,000.
The Mayor has also committed £250,000 to launch a new creative leadership programme for young people from diverse backgrounds. This will enable young Londoners in the two winning boroughs with creative talent and entrepreneurial flair to develop the next generation of creative businesses – providing the mentoring and investment they need for success.
The extra boost to the London Borough of Culture award is aimed at ensuring that the capital’s cultural riches are celebrated throughout the entire city and are accessible to as many young Londoners as possible.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Despite London’s position as the world’s culture capital, too many young Londoners do not have access to the city’s exceptional cultural institutions and don’t get involved in cultural projects.
“That’s why I’m delighted to be able to allocate an extra £1million of funding for cultural projects aiming to unlock young Londoners’ creative potential and inspire the next generation of artists, performers and creative talent.”