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Cllrs and community groups outside City Hall delivering the bid.

Published: Thursday, 19th December 2019

The Mayor of London has today announced that the Royal Borough of Greenwich is in the running to be Borough of Culture 2021.

The Mayor of London’s scheme would provide us with the profile and funding to host a year-long programme of events which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our borough and everyone who lives and works in it.

Our bid puts as much emphasis on community projects as it does on spectacular world-class performances and focuses on every corner of the borough.

London Borough of Culture - Shortlist Announcement from Royal Borough of Greenwich on Vimeo.

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “I am delighted that we are in the running for London Borough of Culture 2021. Our borough is made by our combined histories and experiences, and it’s culture that brings us all together.

“Our ambitious programme uses cultural participation as a platform to provide jobs and apprentices, tackle social isolation, promote communities coming together and start conversations on climate change and what it means to be a citizen of Royal Greenwich today.

“Parts of the borough are already established cultural destinations and we have a huge amount of creative talent. However, being awarded Borough of Culture 2021 would allow us to accelerate our plans to spread the benefit of culture, tourism and heritage more equitably to include Woolwich, Plumstead, Charlton and Eltham. We need this award to help us tackle deprivation and the lack of opportunity experienced by too many people.

“The programme will take to our schools, high streets, libraries and parks, with highlights including a festival of feasting, a celebration of circus and magical musical moments. I hope you’ll get behind us and back the bid.”

We need your help to win the crown. Show the judges what culture means to you by sharing your images of the activities – big or small – already taking place around Royal Greenwich using #MyLocalCulture, #GM_T and #Greenwich2021.

As well as the title award of London Borough of Culture, there are Cultural Impact Awards up for grabs. These will be in the region of £200,000 for individual projects that take place between 2021 and 2023. Winning boroughs will be announced in February 2020.

Find out more about our bid