Croydon is bidding to become London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019 to help cement its place as a valuable centre for the arts at the urban edge of the capital.

Winning the the Mayor of London’s competition would bring in well over £1 million of investment to drive change and transform the borough’s cultural landscape.

This would create a fantastic opportunity to put culture even more squarely at the heart of Croydon’s £5.25bn growth. The bid we are submitting will aim to celebrate Croydon’s unique character, as well as encouraging and supporting creativity and bringing people together to strengthen the local community.

Our bid will be submitted on 1 December with the winner to be announced next February.

Since the competition was launched, a large group of people representing local arts groups and venues have been discussing ideas. Over the next two months these will be shaped into a clear plan for how Croydon would use the prize money to stage a series of world-class events that would have a lasting legacy for the future of culture in the borough.

An ITV on line poll already shows that many Londoners  support Croydon’s bid. At the time of publishing this blog, Croydon had an impressive 36% of the popular vote.

Whatever happens, 2019 will be an exciting year in Croydon as the Fairfield Halls will enjoy its first full year following the £30 million refurbishment.

You can be part of the bid process, whether by getting involved with a community arts project, becoming an ambassador, or simply by registering your name as one of our supporters.