Community Festivals

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What funding is the GLA able to offer to organisers of community festivals, who wish to ensure that popular local events continue to run, but who are struggling with rising costs?


Answer for Community Festivals

Answer for Community Festivals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA already supports a number of festivals for key London communities, bringing Londoners together and supporting social cohesion. In some circumstances we also waive the hire cost of Trafalgar Square so that communities can stage their events; in addition GLA officers support the delivery of these events on Trafalgar Square ensuring that they are safe and of an appropriate quality.

Officers from both the Culture and Events Teams frequently work with community festival organisers, sharing knowledge and supporting opportunities for cost reduction, such as shared infrastructure or joint commissions.