We Are All Londoners Event

MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Question By: 
Susan Hall
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Could you provide a full cost breakdown for the We Are All Londoners event, held in and around City Hall on 21 September - including but not limited to catering, advertising, facility, security and any other associated costs?


We Are All Londoners Event

We Are All Londoners Event

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It’s my duty as Mayor to do everything in my power to support all Londoners. This includes supporting the more than one million EU citizens who have made this city their home and are now experiencing significant anxiety due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

The free “We Are All Londoners” event I held on 21 September 2019 welcomed over 1200 Londoners to City Hall to celebrate and support London’s European communities. The programme for the sold-out event included the UK’s first EU Settlement Ceremony, European music, food and film, panel discussions, exhibitions, sport and craft activities for children, a language café, and access free immigration advice and support.

The event also provided over 500 Londoners free one-to-one immigration advice on the EU Settlement Scheme. This was delivered by 18 lawyers who provided their time pro bono at a value of £25,000.

The total cost of delivering this event was £48,093. This included:

  • £20,605.00 - Programme delivery: all activities and resources required to deliver the event programme; including activity providers, performers and exhibition installation costs
  • £5000.00 - Promotion: includes paid advertising to ensure that hard to reach EU communities in London were aware of the event and able to register for free tickets.
  • £8,027.00 - Event materials: Includes printed materials e.g. programmes, signage and an educational community engagement activity.
  • £14,461.00 - Event logistics: Includes catering, security, facilities support, staging.  

The budget for this event was in line with the Arrival event we hosted at City Hall in 2018. Similar to the “We Are All Londoners” event, Arrival celebrated and supported a particular community in London – the Windrush generation and Caribbean community in London.