London Borough of Culture

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award brings Londoners of all ages and backgrounds together. It places culture firmly at the heart of local communities, exactly where it belongs.

It shines a light on the character and diversity of London’s boroughs and reinforces the message that culture is for everyone. The Mayor is keen for Londoners to connect with each other and to feel a part of our great city. Now, thanks to this new award, all Londoners will have the opportunity to be part of something extraordinary.

What is London Borough of Culture?

In December 2017, 22 boroughs submitted bids to be named London Borough of Culture. In February 2018, Waltham Forest and Brent were awarded £1.35m of funding to deliver a programme of ambitious cultural activities celebrating the unique character of local people and places.

Follow Waltham Forest and Brent as they roll out their programme of events for 2019 and 2020.

Cultural Impact Award winners

There are two types of awards for the London Borough of Culture: Title Awards and Cultural Impact Awards.

Cultural Impact Awards were given to boroughs for exemplary individual projects highlighted in their applications. Six boroughs won for projects that will take place between 2018 and 2020:

Barking and Dagenham – New Town Culture                   Funding Allocated: £233,000

Barking and Dagenham wants to create a new policy for the role of culture in social care settings. It will bring together artists and young people in social care, and explore themes of work and employment with local residents.

Camden – Camden Alive                                                       Funding Allocated: £225,000

Camden Alive will establish a virtual Camden People's Museum, whereby residents will be proud creators of the boroughs cultural life, enhancing feelings of neighbourliness and identity.

Kingston – CirkT                                                                    Funding Allocated: £90,000

Kingston will create a live music circuit connecting venues, artists and promoters, and build on the area’s rich music heritage.

Lambeth – ELEVATE                                                             Funding Allocated: £200,000

Lambeth will inspire the next generation of creative leaders, supporting residents from BAME communities to build careers in the arts. Bringing together leading grassroots organisations and major cultural institutions to help.

Lewisham – Festival of Creative Ageing                            Funding Allocated: £216,000

The Albany and Entelechy Arts will launch a Festival of Creative Ageing in Lewisham. This will harness the power of culture to help people live longer, happier, more independent lives. The centrepiece will be an immersive theatre experience devised with older residents.

Merton – Film Merton                                                          Funding Allocated: £40,000

Merton is taking an innovative approach to establish a new local cinema in Mitcham. By demonstrating resident demand through a new film festival curated by local people, the borough will make the case for future investment.

These awards are part of the Mayor’s ambition to put culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs. Use #mylocalculture to share your stories, images and experiences.

Apply to be the next London Borough of Culture

Applications are now open for the Title Awards and Cultural Impact Awards.


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