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We are London Borough of Culture 2021!

Blown away by the news that Lewisham has been chosen to by London Borough of Culture 2021, part of London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to support the arts in London.  

Posted: 10/03/2022

The prestigious award will see Lewisham receive
£1.35 million to stage an ambitious, year-long programme of cultural events
celebrating the wealth of creative talent in the borough and delivering lasting
social change.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “I’m
delighted we have been awarded Borough of Culture 2021. This is an incredible
opportunity for Lewisham and I couldn’t be more proud to be Lewisham’s mayor
and working alongside so many amazing creatives and artists.

“Our year will showcase what Lewisham has to offer
the rest of London and the UK by harnessing the passion and creativity of our
cultural sector and the people of Lewisham and channelling this into a
programme which will face up to the most significant challenge facing our
planet, the climate emergency.”

Some of the large-scale events planned across the
borough include:

  • The world’s first ‘tag’ climate
    carnival with the borough’s 18 neighbourhoods showcasing the power of culture
    to highlight social issues and stimulate action within communities
  • A mass dance party exploring the
    impact of migration and diversity on London’s dance scene
  • An outdoor music festival inspired by
    Lewisham’s legendary Rock Against Racism gigs
  • A career intervention for every Year
    7 pupil to address the lack of diversity within the creative industries and a
    national creative careers conference leading a call to action to address

Lewisham fought off competition from six other
shortlisted London boroughs. Croydon was awarded the title for 2023.

Read our cultural manifesto to learn about our plans
for Borough of Culture 2021

Attend a consultation to discuss what this will mean for Lewisham and how to be involved.

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