Wandsworth 2025: London Borough of Culture bid

Wandsworth Council is leading the whole borough in a bid to win the title of London Borough of Culture 2025.

Our proposal has now been formally submitted to the Mayor of London’s office, showcasing the fantastic creativity found throughout the borough of Wandsworth and building on the power of culture to change lives, connect people and improve wellbeing.

Shaping our bid

As the first London borough to publicly announce its culture campaign in June 2023, we have been able to consult thousands of local people and gather a wide range of views to help shape our bid.

After six months of listening to hundreds of community organisations, creative venues, schools, businesses and residents of all ages, we have an ambitious plan to improve access to culture for everyone across the borough and drive positive change.

This is the first time Wandsworth has entered the London-wide competition. We are home to award-winning cultural organisations, freelance creatives and grassroots community groups. We have vibrant neighbourhoods and a thriving arts scene and we want to showcase our local culture to London and the world.

Get involved

There's still time to get involved by completing our online survey and telling us about local hidden gems, cultural heroes and what you love about Wandsworth.

From dance and music to food and heritage, there are so many ways that we all experience our own culture and other people’s. We’re doing this together!

Culture boost for business

Being London Borough of Culture 2025 would bring benefits to the whole of Wandsworth, sparking change and reaching every corner of the borough.

It would have a positive economic impact on Wandsworth, attracting more visitors to our town centres and public spaces. Wandsworth would be at the centre of London’s cultural map and it would help transform the borough’s image locally and internationally.

The year of culture would bring much-needed footfall, boost the local economy and help us to grow local talent and skills.

Do you want your business to be involved? Get in touch to be part of the action if we win! Contact us at culture@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Timeline

On Friday 9 June 2023, for the first time in history, we officially announced that we are joining the race to become the London Borough of Culture.

Our final bid was submitted to the Mayor of London on 28 November 2023.

The London Borough of Culture awards will be announced by the Mayor of London in March 2024.

London’s next year of culture will begin in April 2025.

About London Borough of Culture

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award brings Londoners together. It puts culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs, illuminating the character and diversity of London’s boroughs and showing culture is for everyone.

Find out more about the London Borough of Culture (GOV.UK).

Contact

If you have any questions about our London Borough of Culture bid, email culture@wandsworth.gov.uk.

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