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Waltham Forest crowned culture capital

by Natalie Vincent Tue 27 February 2018, 12:23 pm

Waltham Forest has been named as the first-ever London Borough of Culture by the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, at a packed ceremony at City Hall on 27 February

The council was awarded £1.35 million to create a year-long programme of cultural events and initiatives for 2019, as well as creating long-lasting design opportunities for local people, following its six-month campaign for the accolade.

Waltham Forest was the first of 22 councils to launch its bid, which was backed by key figures of the arts and entertainment world, including Blur's Damon Albarn, author and journalist Dreda Say Mitchell, photographer David Bailey CBE and ballet master Sir Matthew Bourne.

More than 14,000 residents, businesses and members of the borough’s artistic community got behind the campaign, publicly pledging their support at wfculture19.co.uk .

The leader of Waltham Forest Council, Clare Coghill, welcomed the prize: "Waltham Forest’s culture lies in the hearts, hopes and dreams of our people.

"This award will transform lives and empower our people and our borough to even greater achievements.

"To win in such a hugely competitive contest, against other boroughs that put together fabulous bids, is a humbling experience but one I know the whole community will use to spur us on to create a fabulous year of culture that London will be proud of."

Brent was named as the 2020 London Borough of Culture, with six other boroughs winning cultural impact awards for projects in their boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Camden, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham and Merton.

To read more about the cultural offerings in Waltham Forest, read the latest issue of Invest Waltham Forest

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