Brent won the bid to be named London Borough of Culture 2020, beating off stiff competition from 22 other London Borough’s, and now the council says it is “giving it back to the people”.
Brent will kick off engagement with two summits drawing in cultural organisations, artists and residents who will be involved in the delivery of this 2020 initiative, they will have a say on how the London Borough of Culture will impact their community.
The London Borough of Culture award is a new initiative by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to celebrate the wealth of creativity across every corner of London. These summits help to shape the Brent 2020 programme which will celebrate the lives of those living in Brent allowing Londoners to realise Brent’s uncapped potential.
The aim is for those attending to hear what is going on, put suggestions forward about what they would like to see reflected and understand the many opportunities for everyone to participate in and get involved in 2020 and the lead-up.
Cllr Hirani, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture an Leisure said: “It’s a great honour to be chosen as the London Borough of Culture 2020. Young people and local groups played a key role in winning the bid, so it is vital that they continue to shape the ideas for Brent’s year in the cultural spotlight.”
The London Borough of Culture Summit (BOC) event will be held over two days at The Granville, in South Kilburn on 7 and 8 September 2018.
Projects currently planned for Brent’s Borough of Culture year.
- Thoroughfare – Will be a street party for everyone along a mile of the Kilburn High Road. It will bring together the best of Brent to create a family friendly day to show the world Brent’s creative diversity and talent
- Anthem is an intergenerational project brining together schools and communities to commission an Anthem for Brent
- Museum of BrentLife – will see artist commissions in all of Brent’s libraries developed with and in response to Brent communities, stories and history
- No Bass Like Home-will explore and celebrate Brent’s reggae story through a year-long heritage and archive project. It will bring together memories, stories and experiences of Brent residents and artists through a series of events, exhibitions, walks and talks
- BrentLives – working with young people across the borough through a partnership with VICE to explore what it means to be a young person growing up in Brent in 2020.
- Seen and Heard – is a research project with Brent Youth Parliament which will explore young people’s relationship with private-public spaces
- Brent 2020 Culture Fund – will see £500,000 funding for locally-led arts and culture projects as part of Brent 2020
- Spacebook – new online resource collating affordable spaces for cultural activities in Brent
- Schools Programme – will take the London Borough of Culture programme to the heart of Brent schools and work with teachers to respond to the local history, heritage, roots and culture of our unique borough
- Volunteer Programme – will develop hundreds of brilliant opportunities to help deliver Brent 2020
- Young Ambassadors – will build a two-year cultural leadership programme to support young people to be at the centre of the London Borough of Culture Programme.