On 27th February 2018 the winners of the first ever Borough of Culture competition were announced by the Mayor of London at City Hall.

22 of the London boroughs had submitted proposals to win £1.35 million of funding for cultural activities in their borough. The aim of the proposal was to set out a programme to enrich culture in the borough and display its uniqueness, whilst making it appeal and available to all communities and ages.

Two worthy boroughs were selected to receive the grant, the first was Waltham Forest for 2019 and then Brent for 2020.

A further 6 boroughs received the Mayor’s Cultural Impact Award which provided funding for stand out schemes in their proposals.

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So what will the boroughs be putting their funding toward?

WALTHAM FOREST for 2019

Waltham Forest’s bid aims for at least 85% households to participate with their proposed scheme, engaging people throughout the whole borough.

Highlighted projects include Molecules in the Marshes, and a fashion exchange which will be inspired by the history of the Pakistani textile trade in the borough.

BRENT for 2020

Brent’s bid was commended for its unique focus on the voices of the young people in the borough. 

Their bid also coincides with the 2020 Euro Championships, of which 7 matches are due to be hosted at Wembley, where Brent can display their re-brand.

Highlighted projects included a street party, celebrating its oldest and straightest road, a ‘Museum of all Brent life’ and ‘No Bass Like Home’.

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It will be exciting to see the outcomes of this brand new initiative as Waltham Forest and Brent’s schemes come into play over the next three years.

Congratulations to both Waltham Forest and Brent borough councils.