A cultural borough

London Borough of Culture bid

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is located in one of the most creative and culturally significant cities in the world - and we are bidding to be London Borough of Culture.

About our bid

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Inspired by the success of Hull's year as UK City of Culture, the Mayor of London announced a competition for London boroughs to apply for funding to become a London Borough of Culture in either 2019 or 2020.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich commissioned the internationally renowned Greenwich+Docklands Festivals to work with us to make a bid for the title.

The bid was submitted to the Mayor of London on 1 December 2017, representing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put Woolwich, Thamesmead, Eltham, Abbey Wood and Plumstead on an equal footing with historic Maritime Greenwich.

Visit the news section to read about the bid launch event

Our bid to be London's Borough of Culture represents a bold vision that will use the positive effect of arts and culture to spearhead the economic and cultural renewal of the local area. We want to:

  • provide more opportunities for local people to get involved in shaping and participating in the cultural life of the borough
  • ensure that young people feel an integral part of the social and cultural life of the borough
  • make sure that the borough is properly recognised as the rich, vibrant, multi-cultural place that it is, with its own unique arts and culture
  • celebrate the wide array of interesting (and hidden) places and spaces which residents are rightly proud of across the borough from Eltham to Thamesmead.

What would you like to see in a cultural programme if our bid's successful?

You may like to see a local story told by a theatre or dance company, an unloved outdoor space transformed or you might want to be part of creating a new free festival event on your doorstep.

Or perhaps you already have a great project, event or traditional celebration that you'd like to see included in our year of culture. It can be as ambitious as you like - whatever it is, we'd like to know.

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