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Sadiq Khan boosts London Borough of Culture scheme by £1m

Sadiq Khan at the London Borough of Culture launch Sadiq Khan at the London Borough of Culture launch
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Sadiq Khan has committed an extra £1 million of funding to the new London Borough of Culture initiative, aimed specifically at encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds to participate in the arts.

Twenty-two London boroughs bid to be crowned London Borough of Culture for a year, with the first two winners, for 2019 and 2020, announced later this month.

Of the additional £1 million given by the London mayor, £500,000 will be split between the two winning boroughs, £250,000 will boost a series of smaller grants and £250,000 will fund a new mayoral creative entrepreneurs programme.

The two winning boroughs will receive £1.35 million each to stage a programme of creative events and initiatives intended to develop arts and culture as an integral part of the boroughs’ future.

The additional money each will receive will be ring-fenced to help young people from diverse backgrounds get involved in creative projects.

On top of this, six individual projects proposed as part of the bidding process – in boroughs not selected as the winners – will be funded.

The total for this will increase by £250,000 to £850,000.

The creative entrepreneurs programme, which is being enabled by the remainder of the extra money, will provide mentoring and investments for young people to develop the next generation of creative businesses.

Announcing the additional funds, Khan said: “Despite London’s position as the world’s culture capital, too many young Londoners do not have access to the city’s exceptional cultural institutions and don’t get involved in cultural projects.

“That’s why I’m delighted to be able to allocate an extra £1 million of funding for cultural projects aiming to unlock young Londoners’ creative potential.”

The two winning boroughs will be announced at a ceremony at City Hall on February 27.

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