The London Cultural Strategy Group is a high-level body from the cultural sector whose role is to advise the Mayor on the promotion of London as a world-class city of culture and in shaping the development and provision of cultural activities across the capital.
'London is one of the world's crucibles of culture. Its energy and cosmopolitanism have combined with its great traditions in architecture, art, cinema, dance, design, literature, music and theatre to make it the 21st century's most vibrant arts centre.
I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of the London Cultural Strategy Group. I will be working closely with the Mayor to champion the city's incredible cultural offer, to ensure it retains its high profile on the world stage.'
Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Chair, London Cultural Strategy Group
'I want to maintain the capital's status as one of the great world cities for culture and creativity. My job is not to back heritage over modernism, nor to allow the destruction of much-loved old buildings. It is to encourage all manner of artistic expression, in the knowledge that culture is not just an add-on to the necessity of modern politics.'
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London