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Borough of Culture (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Following the announcement of Lewisham and Croydon as the winners of the Borough of Culture awards for 2021 and 2023 respectively, how are you ensuring these boroughs learn from the best practice of Waltham Forest and Brent?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

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.