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Havering holds its breath as borough of culture bid handed to Sadiq's office

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 December 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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Havering is due to officially submit its bid to be crowned the London Borough of Culture today (Fri).

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 award, created by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, sees boroughs bid for more than £1million of funding to deliver a programme of ambitious cultural activities, put culture at the heart of the community and celebrate the unique character and diversity of London’s people and places.

In February 2018, two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, with one taking up the title in 2019 and the other in 2020.

When contacted by the Recorder yesterday (Thurs), a council spokeswoman confirmed the bid would be submitted before the final deadline.

The winning boroughs will be chosen based on their artistic vision and ability to deliver an array of outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area.

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

Mr Khan said: “With just 24 hours to go for boroughs to get their bids in, I can’t wait to see what inspiring ideas they have in store.

“London Borough of Culture will show the world we 
have cultural gems in all corners of the city – and ensure more Londoners from all backgrounds are able to 
enjoy our city’s amazing arts and culture.

“I want local boroughs to celebrate their heritage and creativity. London’s greatest strength is its diversity and it’s vital that the winning boroughs work with their communities to celebrate their unique identity.”

Earlier this month, Councillor Roger Ramsey, Havering Council leader, urged residents to support 
the bid.

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

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.”

As well as £1m from City Hall for each winning borough, the competition will also be supported by a grant 
of £300,000 from the City Bridge Trust,

In addition, a pot of £600,000 is available for to up to six boroughs which don’t win the title, but put forward exemplary projects.

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