London Borough of Culture

The Mayor of London has unveiled the first £1.35m awards of London Borough of Culture. Waltham Forest is the first borough to be awarded the title - for 2019, followed by Brent for 2020.

In addition, six boroughs - Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Merton - will share a pot of £850,000 for landmark projects, which the boroughs highlighted in their entry bids.

The London Borough of Culture award is a major new initiative launched by the Mayor Sadiq Khan in June 2017 – inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes. The award offers more than £1m of funding to two winning boroughs to stage a programme of ambitious cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the boroughs’ future - placing communities at the heart of decision-making and programming. In total, 22 boroughs submitted bids to be named London Borough of Culture.