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Havering Council calls on all residents to back its London Borough of Culture 2020 bid

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 November 2017

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

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Do you think Havering deserves to be lauded across London for its proud cultural heritage? If so, Havering Council needs your help applying for a special award.

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering CouncilHavering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

This week, the council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture in 2020 and is calling on residents young and old to back the bid and become part of Havering’s history.

The Borough of Culture Award is organised by the Mayor of London and the prize is £1million to stage a programme of world class events and an opportunity to put arts, heritage and culture at the heart of Havering’s future.

London’s leading cultural institutions – including Tate, Shakespeare’s Globe, London Mela and Film London – have also said they will partner on projects with the winning borough.

Havering prides itself on having a strong cultural strategy including heritage buildings such as Langtons and Rainham Hall – a National Trust property, which hosts exhibitions for local residents and visitors.

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering CouncilHavering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

The borough has a range of exciting projects taking place, including a partnership with English National Ballet exploring dance programmes with children and seniors.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, leader of Havering Council, urged the borough’s residents to support the bid.

He said: “Havering is an exceptional borough full of culture. Entering for this award provides us with the opportunity to shine the light on our unique heritage and arts offer across the borough.

“Winning the London Borough of Culture would enhance our cultural strategy for the benefit of our residents and businesses.

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering CouncilHavering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

“I encourage everyone who lives, works or visits the borough to support the bid and share our community’s rich culture.

“We want all artists, designers and creators to come forward and showcase their work.”

Further deepening the borough’s cultural claims, Havering boasts two theatres – Brookside Theatre in Romford and Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, which is also one of the Art’s Council’s National Portfolio Organisations, (NPO) currently partnering with the National Theatre who are developing a range of projects for local residents.

Havering’s Fairkytes Arts centre, which has seen the likes of Toya Willcox and looks forward to Kiki Dee performing this month, also curates a wide and diverse range of exhibitions.

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering CouncilHavering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

Get involved:

Havering residents are encouraged to also share stories of their youth in Havering on social media using the hashtag #StoriesofmyYouth and challenge a relative or friend to do the same.

Havering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering CouncilHavering Council has announced it is bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020 and now it needs residents' help. Photo: Havering Council

Havering Council would like everyone to share their support of the bid by tagging the social media channels below and using relevant hashtags and #BackTheBidHavering.

Residents and businesses can also attend workshops and community engagement meetings across the borough that will be running throughout November.

To learn more about the bid, or to pledge your support, visit the dedicated website at www.haveringculture.org.uk.

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