Community backs Wandsworth’s London Borough of Culture bid

Published: Friday, October 6, 2023

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This week, over 120 representatives from partner organisations, local community groups, charities, businesses, arts and creative sectors showed their support for Wandsworth's London Borough of Culture bid at a networking event at The Clapham Grand in Clapham Junction. 

Simon Hogg, Leader of Wandsworth Council said: "Wandsworth is a fantastic place to live and it was amazing to see so many people working together to forge a new relationship for our borough. We are changing into an outward-looking, modern and open place - but so much of the change we all want to see can only be achieved in partnership. 

"Our bid for London Borough of Culture couldn't come at a better time for Wandsworth - we see it as a real catalyst for change and a moment for us to come together and celebrate everything we love about our home." 

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The event created an opportunity for building connections and provided not only a chance for the community to discuss their own work but also to look at how culture could be enhanced if Wandsworth were to win the bid. 

Brendan Conway, resident and senior project consultant with Mobilise, a social purpose business, said: "We have a shared geography with the Thames, the Wandle, the numerous green spaces, our wards and streets and our neighbourhoods. 

"Culture that champions the local environment creates a sense of place and belonging. I can see here that successful local partnerships that have been built through food, the next generation and culture really do represent the best of Wandsworth and show the power of human relationships." 

Next steps

Over the next two months, the council will be continuing to collect ideas and views from hundreds of people across the borough to develop a London Borough of Culture proposal which is a catalyst for change. The proposal will highlight the creativity and vibrancy that Wandsworth has to offer as a strong and diverse borough. 

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The Mayor of London's London Borough of Culture scheme provides the winning borough with funding towards a year-long programme which celebrates local culture and heritage and helps transform people’s lives. 

If Wandsworth were to win the bid, the programme of events would enhance the vibrant places, artists and communities in the borough providing more employment opportunities and opening up access to culture and arts for the whole community. 

The final submission is due by 30 November 2023, and the successful London Borough of Culture for 2025 will be announced in March 2024. 

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