On 11 February 2020, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Lewisham has been awarded the title of London Borough of Culture for 2021 with Croydon winning the accolade for 2023.
Lewisham’s bid, Cultural Activism, sets out plans to inspire local people to take action on climate change. The borough will celebrate its diversity and build inclusivity with hundreds of activities throughout the year. This includes an artist-led tribute to the Rock Against Racism movement, a large-scale dance performance, and a climate change carnival.
Croydon’s bid, This is Croydon, has sustainability at its heart. Tens of thousands of residents will enjoy a series of inspirational activities on the themes of progress, nature, inclusion and growth. It includes art commissions with local communities, a music festival, A ‘reuse and recycle’ fashion show and the creation of employment opportunities for young people.
Both boroughs will be awarded £1.35m funding to deliver a year-long programme of activities that will place culture at the heart of their communities and celebrate the unique character of local people and places.
Photo: representatives of the winning boroughs with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan