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Bexley will launch London Borough of Culture bid at Hall Place next week

PUBLISHED: 10:43 20 September 2017

Hall Place and Gardens

Hall Place and Gardens

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The borough will launch its bid on Sunday October 1

Bexley is about to go head to head with the likes of Camden, Hackney and Westminster in a bid to be crowned London Borough of Culture.

Next week the borough will throw its name into the ring for the mayor of London’s competition, at a launch event at Hall Place & Gardens.

The event on October 1 will give residents a chance to make suggestions on what they would like to see if the borough’s bid is successful.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to reach out to our neighbours and celebrate London’s unique and diverse culture. London Borough of Culture is a great way to do just that whilst showing the world that our cultural gems extend way beyond the centre of the capital to all corners of the city.”

To earn the prize, the capital’s 32 boroughs have had to put together a bid to pick up £1.1million from City Hall to go towards a programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives showing off what each area has to offer.

The winning boroughs will also be awarded a £300,000 grant from the City Bridge Trust, while six runners up will receive a £600,000 prize for their projects.

Two winners will be declared along with runners-up in February 2018, each will hold the title individually across 2019 and 2020, when their respective events will take place.

Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “From historic homes and monuments, to theatres and arts groups, we are so lucky to have so many cultural sites and activities right on our doorstep.

“We want to showcase all we have to the whole of London and beyond by becoming the borough for culture.

“We’ve been working hard over the summer to prepare for this, and now we want Bexley’s residents and businesses to join with us to back Bexley’s bid. Together we can make Bexley London’s Borough of Culture.”

The event at Hall Place & Gardens runs from 10am to 3pm and will feature pop-up performances and a 3D live street art installation.

Boroughs have until December 1 to make their bid.

If you can’t make it to the event, then there are four other ways you can get involved and back the Bexley bid -

1. Visit www.bexleyculture.london and record your support.

2. Email culture@bexley.gov.uk to share your ideas and aspirations.

3. Follow @LBofBexley on Twitter, share the hashtag #backthebexleybid, and follow the mayor’s programme using the hashtag #mylocalculture

4. Vote for Bexley in the ITN poll at http://bit.ly/2uJlCnv.

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