We have now submitted our bid to become London Borough of Culture – and we couldn’t have done it without 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 have built our bid around the language, themes and ideas that came out of these conversations.
We have 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. We’re working to introduce a radical and experimental programme of cultural events, which will have a lasting legacy, not only for our inspirational borough, but for the whole of London.
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.
Jide and Ibrahim continued to think about how becoming London Borough of Culture would impact on Southwark, talking to friends, family and the wider community to illustrate why our bid is important for Southwark today.
Two London councils will be awarded the title of London Borough of Culture; one for 2019 and the other for 2020. Each winning borough will receive more than £1million and will run a huge and exciting programme of cultural events, which will feature the talents of both global superstars and local people, within its year.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will announce the winners in February 2018.
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