Thank you!

Over the last few months we have spoken to a huge number of individuals, community groups and cultural organisations asking what they love about Southwark, what culture means to them and why they think Southwark should win the title of London Borough of Culture. We built our bid around the language, themes and ideas that came out of these conversations.

We explored our successes and innovations as a borough and looked at areas where we can do more to bridge cultural divides and bring our communities closer together.

Local film makers Jide Adetunji and Ibrahim Kamara from GUAP International were engaged as part of our bid development process. Their film is an exploration of the ideas that came out of our conversations with the community.


Culture is the DNA of our city. It has the power to transform communities and to bring people closer together.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London