Hall Place hosts launch of Bexley's bid to be named London Borough of Culture
PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 October 2017
The winners will be announced in February
Hopes of Bexley becoming London’s culture capital were launched on Sunday with a range of entertainment and artwork.
The council is putting forward its bid to earn the title of London Borough of Culture, as part of a competition set up by mayor Sadiq Khan.
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.
Music from Bird College, stilt walkers, juggling skills and a vibrant piece of pavement art were all on display at Hall Place for the bid’s launch.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said; “I would like to thank everyone that came along to find out more about our bid. I was overwhelmed by the feeling of public support for Bexley to become the London Borough of Culture.
“I spoke to lots of people throughout the day about the bid and had nothing but positive comments. It showed what an amazing sense of pride local people have in our borough. We have so much on offer in Bexley and winning this bid would help us to highlight some of our amazing existing culture as well as nurturing new projects. Winning this accolade would be fantastic for our brilliant borough.”
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.
How you can show your support for Bexley:
1. Visit the Bexley Bid website and find out how to get involved.
2. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 on the ITV website.