Hammersmith & Fulham Council Culture Bid Fails

Loses out to Wandsworth as 2025 London Borough of Culture

A montage of cultural events and venues in Hammersmith & Fulham

March 11, 2024

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has failed in its bid to become London Borough of Culture for 2025.

A late bid had been launched with the theme of Where Culture Connects and local arts and community organisations brought in as part of the submission.

The aim was to signify that if successful the council would bring on board those who feel excluded from the cultural life of the borough especially artists from diverse backgrounds, including artists with disabilities and artists from under-represented groups under the banner We See You.

In the event, the Mayor’s team announced Wandsworth as the winner this Monday (11 March) and it will now be given £1.35 million worth of funding to but on a series of events and activities during its tenure.

Haringey will also receive £1.35m to hold the title in 2027.

The Mayor said the award has become a “cornerstone in the capital’s calendar” adding, “We’ve seen the difference that it’s made in winning boroughs Waltham Forest, Brent, Lewisham and Croydon, and I’m excited to see Wandsworth and Haringey’s fantastic ideas come to life as we build a better London for all.”

Barnet, Merton and Greenwich were also named as Cultural Impact Award winners. They will receive up to £200,000 to deliver smaller-scale creative projects.

The programme was initiated in 2017 and Waltham Forest was the first winner and it claims to have attracted 500,000 visitors and left a legacy, with Fellowship Square becoming a cultural hub of festivals and programming. In Brent a worldwide audience of 13.3million tuned in for a podcast series created by young people in the borough and for every £1 spent by Brent Council, it says an additional £2 was raised from other funders. In Lewisham, the council says there was £1.1m in additional spend in the local area and more than 8,000 young people were supported with training and careers advice to access jobs in the creative sector.

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