Waltham Forest announced the highlights for its year as the first London Borough of Culture 2019

The London Borough of Culture has announced the highlights of its year as the first London Borough of Culture.

In 2019 the celebrations will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives.

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award is a major new initiative inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes - looking to ensure arts and culture is placed at the heart of our communities.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said: "We passionately believe that investment in culture is vital to securing economic growth and social cohesion for the benefit of everyone in this community. The year ahead will shine a light on the fantastic cultural riches of Waltham Forest and create a platform for a programme that is not only for the people but by the people, blurring the line between residents and artists.”

Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, and is part of a bid by the London Mayor to celebrate the city and ensure Londoners get to know each other.  

There are plenty of ways to get involved in the celebrations including:

  • Putting on your own events
  • Responding to commissions
  • Applying for funding to support your ideas
  • Apply to be the artist in residence tasked with exploring how ideas stemming from the Bauhaus movement have influenced culture locally.  The deadline for applications is 9am on 12 November 2018 via an online form. Find out more here here
  • Local communities and visitors to the area will also be invited to share and develop their ideas with the artist in residence through a programme of walks, talks and workshops at both the Wetlands and the William Morris Gallery.
  • There is also call out for musicians, a Fellowship Funding scheme and volunteering opportunities.

Sam Hunt, Creative Director of London Borough of Culture 2019, said:

The global resonance of William Morris is still felt now and is a key influence in deciding on the themes of our year ‘Radical, Makers and Fellowship’. How Morris influenced Bauhaus is a fascinating story and a great opportunity to celebrate that international ambition.

For more information on how to get involved visit:  https://wfculture19.co.uk/get-involved

For details of the highlights for the year announced so far visit:  https://wfculture19.co.uk/2019highlights and keep an eye on the Culture Diary for more details.


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