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.

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.

We have partnered with the internationally renowned Greenwich+Docklands Festivals for our bid.

The bid represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put Woolwich, Thamesmead and the east of the borough on an equal footing with historic, maritime Greenwich.

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

  • Providing more opportunities for local people to get involved in shaping and participating in the cultural life of the borough
  • Ensuring that young people feel an integral part of the social and cultural life of the borough
  • Making sure that the borough is properly recognised as the rich, vibrant, multi-cultural place that it is with its own unique offers in arts and culture
  • Celebrating 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 our cultural programme if our bids successful?

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

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

Share your views on Royal Greenwich's bid to be London's Borough of Culture by tweeting @Royal_Greenwich using #mylocalculture and #GreenwichMeans, or by emailing

Woolwich Creative District

Woolwich is set to take centre-stage with performance spaces on the size and scale of the Southbank Centre and a world-leading creative district of which residents and London can be proud.

Find out more about the Woolwich Creative District

Arts organisations

You can view a directory of arts and entertainment organisations and venues operating in Royal Greenwich.

View the arts organisations directory

Contact the Culture Team

Share your views on the London Borough of Culture bid by using #mylocalculture and #GreenwichMeans on Twitter.