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Hounslow shortlisted to be London Borough of Culture for 2021

Hounslow Council is delighted to announce that our bid to be London Borough of Culture 2021 has been shortlisted by the Mayor of London.

Published: Monday, 16th December 2019

Image of the Hounslow Borough of Culture bid team outside City Hall, central London

London Borough of Culture is a programme run by the Mayor of London to promote culture across the capital. Waltham Forest is the first London Borough of Culture for 2019 with Brent shortly taking over as Borough of Culture for 2020. 

At the end of October, a delegation from Hounslow led by Leader, Cllr Steve Curran, Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Tony Louki and Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services, Cllr Samia Chaudhary brought Hounslow’s bid to City Hall aboard a vintage 1963 Routemaster bus, courtesy of Redroutemaster, the Brentford-based bus hire company.

They were joined by representatives of our partners, Feltham Arts, Watermans, Creative People & Places, Tale Be Told Theatre, Kempton Steam Museum and Speak Out Hounslow as well as various writers, residents, local musicians, community groups and journalists from Hounslow.

Hounslow’s bid outlines an exciting programme of cultural events and initiatives that will bring different people together, sharing their time, ideas and energy. It would be a great opportunity to get investment into the borough, showcase what makes Hounslow special, and use culture as a catalyst to bring great opportunities to the borough, developing skills and talents and developing collaboration between creative delivery partners, schools, colleges and industry. 

If Hounslow wins the title, we will receive £1.35m to support the delivery of our programme in 2021. As welcome as this funding would be, winning Borough of Culture is more than additional investment; it’s very much focused on unlocking our potential, the mobilisation and sharing of ideas and aspirations throughout the borough; creating a cultural superhighway and unleashing an unstoppable movement of people, ideas and opportunity.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:

“It’s great news to hear that we have been shortlisted for the London Borough of Culture 2021 award.  We are one step closer to making this happen for Hounslow and along with our cultural partners and communities, we are very excited and ready for this. 

“Winning this award would be a fantastic boost for Hounslow and would enable us to kickstart an unstoppable movement of people, ideas and opportunity throughout the borough, creating better community cohesion, unlocking potential and opportunity while showcasing the borough’s wonderful assets to the wider London community and beyond.”

For more information on our London Borough of Culture 2021 bid, and our proposed programme, please see: GoHounslow.com

You can follow the progress of Hounslow’s bid and get involved on social media using our hashtags #GoHounslow and #HounslowCulture21 

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