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Following the announcement of my London Borough of Culture awards for 2019 and 2020, my team reviewed the application process with boroughs and strategic programme partners. The application process is an important part of the programme which helps to benefit all participating boroughs, including those who do not win. It includes workshops, training and advice sessions. For example, Lambeth used the application process to engage its residents and develop a cultural strategy.
Boroughs said they wanted more time to develop partnerships, resources and ambitious cultural programmes, and so it was decided that the programme will move to run every other year. The decision also took into account recommendations from the London Assembly Regeneration Committee’s Creative Tensions report, which proposed the competition be run every two years to allow time for planning and learning.