With the announcement of the winning boroughs in the Borough of Culture competition imminent, the Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a further £1million boost to the scheme.
The London Borough of Culture award, a manifesto commitment, is a new initiative launched by Sadiq in June 2017 which offers more than £1million of funding to the winning boroughs to stage a programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the boroughs’ future.
The two winning boroughs for 2019 and 2020 will now each receive an additional £250,000, specifically to help young people from diverse backgrounds get involved in creative projects.
This is on top of £1.1m already committed to each winning borough, to deliver a programme of ambitious cultural activities, placing culture at the heart of communities and celebrating the unique character of local areas. This brings the total award available to each winning borough to £1.35million.
Twenty-two boroughs have applied to become the London Borough of Culture and the winning boroughs for 2019 and 2020 will be announced on Tuesday 27 February by Sadiq Khan.
A further £250,000 will boost the funding available for up to six exemplary projects, bringing the total fund available for exemplary projects to £850,000. These projects were highlighted by boroughs in their bids. This ensures that as many Londoners as possible are able to benefit from the Mayor’s record investment in culture.
The Mayor has also committed £250,000 to launch a new creative leadership programme for young people from diverse backgrounds. This will enable young Londoners in the two winning boroughs with creative talent and entrepreneurial flair to develop the next generation of creative businesses – providing the mentoring and investment they need for success.
Culture and the creative industries are worth £42bn to London’s economy and the sector accounts for one in six jobs. 32 per cent of all UK creative jobs are based in London.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Despite London’s position as the world’s culture capital, too many young Londoners do not have access to the city’s exceptional cultural institutions and don’t get involved in cultural projects.
“That’s why I’m delighted to be able to allocate an extra £1million of funding for cultural projects aiming to unlock young Londoners’ creative potential and inspire the next generation of artists, performers and creative talent.
“From the outset of my Mayoralty, I made culture a core priority. That’s why I’ve invested more in culture than any other Mayor.”
In total 22 boroughs bid to be London Borough of Culture in 2019 and 2020 including Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Hounslow.