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Back Croydon’s bid to be the first London Borough of Culture in 2019. If we win, this is what it will look like…

Croydon2019 will celebrate Croydon’s diversity, innovation and talent with an eclectic array of locally-rooted, world-class festivals, concerts and exhibitions: from the breath-taking Festival of Air and the delicious tastes of the Jerk & Jollof festival to the London Mela and the Metropolis festival with Stormzy and young Croydon musicians.

UpRISEing will showcase the UK’s biggest permanent street art collection, we will trace 60 Years of Modernism from Deco to Punk and the BRIT School will go on tour across Croydon with specially commissioned pieces.

A revitalised Fairfield Halls opens and hosts a three-day youth takeover led by Mercury nominee Loyle Carner, Dance Umbrella’s opening weekend and a 70th birthday party for the London Mozart Players. 

Every school will be involved, there is a special focus on disability arts with Thrive and panels of local residents will award Creative Neighbourhoods funding as hundreds of thousands enjoy great culture for all.

Croydon is poised for big things and change is already well above the horizon.

2019 is set to be the borough’s flagship cultural year as the Fairfield Halls see their first full year back in use following the current £30 million investment project and the London Mozart Players celebrate their 70th anniversary.

Togther, we’re going to do five things for Croydon.

But RIGHT NOW we need you to vote in the ITV people’s poll (then share the voting link on your social media feeds – help spread the word).

Our five things

Support the bid

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Get involved

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A local community or arts group? Got an idea for an arts or community project?

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Join Croydon’s bid as an ambassador. Be one of our faces of culture.

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What is the Borough of Culture? 2017-09-28T14:11:01+00:00

The London Borough of Culture is a new competition for the 32 London boroughs to apply for funding to lead a game-changing cultural programme. Two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, one in 2019 and one in 2020. Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes, London Borough of Culture will put culture at the heart of the community, celebrating the unique and distinctive creativity, character and diversity of London’s people and places. To find out more go to www.london.gov.uk/boroughofculture

Who will decide who wins, and when will we know? 2017-09-28T14:12:17+00:00

The final decision will be the Mayor of London’s but all bids will be evaluated by a panel of experts using a clear system laid out by the Mayor’s office. They will evaluate the bids in terms of the outcomes we hope to achieve, and our ability to deliver the programme. Bids have to be in by 1 December and a decision is expected in February 2018.

What does the winning borough get? 2017-09-28T14:15:06+00:00

The two winning boroughs will receive up to £1.1 million each from the Mayor of London. They will then be expected to match that with at least £300,000 of match-funding. A number of other funding bodies have publicly committed to supporting the winning boroughs but have not indicated exactly how much money they will provide. These include the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the The City of London Corporation. We hope the total investment will be £2 million or more.

Who is running Croydon’s bid? 2017-09-28T14:16:09+00:00

Only London boroughs can apply, so the council is the official bidder. A steering group has been set up with representation from arts organisations, businesses and the council. We also have a number of ambassadors who are supporting the bid and will be involved in helping us ensure we involve as many local people and as many different communities as possible.

Where will the money go? 2017-09-14T10:03:08+00:00

Some of the funds will be spent on the projects included in our bid. Details will be announced during the bid process via our Bid Blog. There will also be a number of schemes that local arts organisations, community groups and artists will be able to apply to in 2018, if we are successful. These will include a small grants scheme for local projects plus funding earmarked for local neighbourhoods.

Can anyone take part? 2017-10-05T12:14:58+00:00

We want everyone to be involved, whether it is through organising your own project in your community, attending events or volunteering. We are also keen to ensure that all communities in the borough have the opportunity to take part. Sign up here to make sure you get the latest information about funding for individual projects.

What happens if we don’t win the title? 2017-09-28T14:22:01+00:00

Things are changing in Croydon and with the return of Fairfield and new venues and events like Boxpark and the International Mela we believe that whatever happens with the actual bid, we will still be able to put on a fantastic programme in 2019. There are also some smaller awards, with up to six other boroughs receiving support to deliver bespoke cultural projects.

See who’s backing the bid

Shaniqua Benjamin – a spoken word tribute to Croydon’s cultural heritage

Listen to why Silvastone backs the bid for #Croydon2019

Leah McKenzie – backing Croydon for 2019

Kevin (RISE Gallery) is supporting #Croydon2019

The London Mozart Players are behind Croydon for Borough of Culture 2019

Leader of the council, Councillor Tony Newman, on why culture is at the heart of Croydon’s regeneration plans

Warhol Croydon: a month-long celebration of the influence the iconic pop-artist has had on the art world. A dozen new contemporary works formed an outdoor exhibition whilst original prints were on display at RISE Gallery.


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