Kingston sets sights on London Borough of Culture title

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that the new competition will be open to 32 London boroughs, allowing them to apply for funding to lead an innovative and creative cultural programme.

Two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, one in 2019 and one in 2020.

Councillor Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture at Kingston Council, said:

“Kingston is home to a huge range of international and homegrown cultural talent. We’re hugely proud of our borough’s diversity. Achieving the London Borough of Culture title would not only be a huge accolade for our Royal Borough but the £1 million investment in our cultural programme would be transformative.

“We’re working with communities, local organisations and our partners to create and develop our application and I look forward to hearing what culture in Kingston means to local people. Get involved, have your say and let’s get behind this important application.”

The council will submit its application on 1 December, with the results being announced in February 2018.

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