Croydon has delivered its bid to be London’s first ‘Borough of Culture’ to the Mayor of London and, if successful, promises a huge range of new festivals and events for 2019.
With the title and the £1.1million that comes with it, Croydon has committed to staging over twenty new events and projects. These would be supplemented by many more, which would be funded both from the award itself and also from other sponsorship and support that has already been pledged. In total, it is expected that well over £2.5million would be available throughout the year.
The announcement of which borough will take the award will be made in February 2018, and, between now and the end of judging, local people are being asked to keep voting on-line and showing their support on social media using the hashtag #Croydon2019.
In an unofficial on-line ITV ‘people’s poll’ Croydon is one of the two front-runners for the prize.
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “Scores of local arts groups have been involved in putting this proposal together, and we’ve had the backing of huge numbers of people and businesses across the borough. What we need now is for everyone to get behind the final push to persuade the Mayor of London that Croydon has the passion and drive to use the London Borough of Culture title and the money that comes with it to make a real and lasting change. It’s not just about what happens in the year itself, it’s about how that year changes people’s perceptions of Croydon and helps us build and sustain a solid cultural foundation that we can build on in years to come.”
Regardless of whether or not Croydon takes the first prize, 2019 still promises to be an exciting year as the £30million refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls is completed and the revitalised venue opens its doors once again.
For more information on the bid visit the website Croydon2019.London