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Council Leader Claire Coghill has described Waltham Forest’s year as London Borough of Culture as ‘life changing for the council’. It’s essential that what they and Brent have learnt is shared widely with title winners Lewisham and Croydon, as well as with those boroughs across London who are leading Cultural Impact Award projects.
Waltham Forest published their full evaluation on 6 March 2020 at a conference at City Hall which was dedicated to understanding the learnings from their programme. Lewisham and Croydon attended, and it has also been shared with all boroughs.
My Culture team is working with the London Culture Forum at London Councils, a group of borough arts officers. The aim is to support all 32 boroughs to help realise their cultural ambitions. This includes sharing learning from Waltham Forest and Brent and leading a reflective learning process to enable peer to peer support amongst borough officers. Waltham Forest and Brent are sharing their experience with this group, including through workshops on community engagement and programme development.