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Final countdown: Kingston prepares to submit London Borough of Culture bid

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Residents, local artists and Kingston communities are at the heart of Kingston’s bid to be the first London Borough of Culture, which is set to be submitted to the Greater London Authority this month.

The bid highlights plans to bring together communities to get involved in cultural activities across the borough for years to come.

Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “To be the first London Borough of Culture would not only be an outstanding accolade, but would also build on what the council is already doing, including creating new strategies to focus our efforts on economic growth and development, community engagement and culture.

“We’re at the start of a journey to having deeper and richer conversations with local communities, the results of which will shape Kingston’s future. It’s an exciting time for our Royal Borough and its communities and my hope is that Kingston becomes the first ever London Borough of Culture!”

Culture was the focus of discussions at Kingston’s annual State of the Borough debate earlier in the month. Over 95 residents and councillors joined Shonagh Manson, Assistant Director for Culture at the Greater London Authority to discuss culture and creative industries, which are set to play a significant role in the Mayor of London’s upcoming London Plan.

Two boroughs will be awarded the title, one for 2019 and one for 2020, and both will receive up to £1.1 million in funding for cultural programmes. Up to six other boroughs will receive support to deliver bespoke cultural projects.

To find out more, watch Kingston’s London Borough of Culture video by clicking here.