Lewisham has been named London Borough of Culture for 2021, with Croydon to take the title in 2023, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.
Both boroughs will be awarded £1.35 million of funding to deliver year-long programmes of activities that will place “culture at the heart of their communities”.
Lewisham‘s bid is called Cultural Activism, aims to “inspire local people to take action on climate change”. Its plans include a large-scale dance performance and a climate change carnival.
Croydon’s bid, This is Croydon, is based around the themes of progress, nature, inclusion and growth. Plans include a music festival.
Meanwhile, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, and Sutton will all receive up to £200,000 each to deliver individual cultural projects after being chosen for a Cultural Impact Award.
As part of this, Hammersmith and Fulham will run a music training programme for excluded young people.
Khan, who included the culture scheme as part of his manifesto, said: “Culture has the power to bring communities together and transform young people’s lives, and I’m very proud of the impact our programme has already had in Waltham Forest and Brent. Lewisham and Croydon have set out bold and exciting plans that will use culture to deliver real change in their boroughs, and I’m already looking forward to seeing their plans come to life.”
The first London Borough of Culture was in Walthamstow last year.