Southwark launches official bid to become London Borough of Culture

News Desk (03 October, 2017)

Council promises year-long cultural programme featuring 'talents of global superstars' if it bags £1m prize

Southwark has officially launched its bid to become London Borough of Culture, which could see it being awarded £1m to spend on the arts.

Two councils will be awarded the title, one for 2019 and the other for 2020, and given the cash by the Mayor of London.

The council has said it would use the money to invest in a year-long cultural programme, featuring ‘the talents of global superstars’ and local people.

Residents of the borough, which is home to international arts venues like Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Old Vic, are now being called up to support the bid.

Cllr Peter John, the leader of the council, said: “To gain the title of London Borough of Culture we will need the backing of all the amazing talent already showcased across the borough. But more than that we will need to uncover the hidden work of unknown artists and inspire people to explore their untapped creativity. Together we can make Southwark London’s Borough of Culture.”

You can pledge your support for Southwark’s bid at:




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