We want Hounslow to be London Borough of Culture for 2021 and are putting together a bid to make it happen.
Early next year, the Mayor of London will choose a Borough of Culture for 2021. It’s a big deal and there’s tough competition but if we win, we’ll get £1.35m for arts, culture and entertainment in Hounslow. With our weird and wonderful mix of high and hands-on culture, we believe we’ve got what it takes. Hounslow is ready - will you help us?
What is the London Borough of Culture?
The Borough of Culture is a programme run by the Mayor of London to promote culture across the capital. Waltham Forest is the 2019 Borough of Culture; Brent is scheduled to be Borough of Culture in 2020. Applications are now open to be the Borough of Culture in 2021 and 2023. The successful boroughs will each receive £1.35m to support the development of a year-long cultural programme.
What would winning the London Borough of Culture award mean for Hounslow?
Winning London Borough of Culture will be massive for us. It’s a prestigious award that will put Hounslow on the map. It will create momentum and focus for our future culture plans and it will bring in significant investment from the Mayor’s Office, with an award of £1.35m to help kick-start a year-long culture programme.
Hounslow is a unique place. We’re a long, thin borough stretching all the way from central London to the home counties. A borough of roads, railways, rivers and canals with lots of leavings and landings. It’s made us into a bustling, busy place. Full of hard workers and self-starters, always on the move, always changing. It turns out, Hounslow is one of the most connected places in the world, but we’re not yet as connected to each other as we should be.
We know there’s so much more we can achieve in our strip of London, from Chiswick to Feltham, if we can find a way to bring our very different communities closer together. It takes more than roads to connect people, it takes culture.
If we win London Borough of Culture 2021, we’ll make it a launch pad for the future. We’ll use this boost of cultural attention and investment to create an unstoppable movement of people, ideas and opportunity across our borough.
From now until the submission deadline (28 October 2019) and then until the end of the year when the decision is made, we need to show the Mayor and his team how much culture matters to us in Hounslow.
We need to celebrate our heritage, our music, our art, our dance, our sport, our street scenes and open spaces, our food, our drink, our fashion and our faiths. We need to show we have the ambition, the ideas and the energy to make the most of it when we win.
How YOU can support our bid
- Click the link below to register your support for our bid.
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- Be part of the conversation! Tell us what you love about Hounslow, where are your favourite places and what’s special about your community or neighbourhood?
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