Waltham Forest: London Borough Of Culture 2019

Waltham Forest: London Borough Of Culture 2019
Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019
Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019

What is the London Borough of Culture? What does it mean?

The London Borough of Culture is an initiative from the Mayor's office which aims to bring all Londoners together to celebrate what their area has to offer.

Which borough is the first London Borough of Culture?

Waltham Forest has been named as 2019 London Borough of Culture. This is the launch year for the programme, and the borough received a grant of £1.35m to make it happen. It's anticipated that 85% of households in the borough will take part in some way — although people from outside of the borough are welcome at events too.

What events take place in Waltham Forest for London Borough of Culture 2019?

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At time of writing, many events are still being planned. We do know that the launch event, Welcome to the Forest, is curated by Leytonstone-born, Mercury Award winner Talvin Singh. He's working with local school and community groups to tell the story of young people in the borough, resulting in a projection onto the Town Hall.

How can I get involved in Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture?

The organisers are looking for hundreds of volunteers — dubbed 'Legends of the Forest' — to help out at events during the year. It could be organising events, greeting visitors, helping out backstage, or using your skills in other ways.

Find out more and sign up to volunteer on the Waltham Forest website.

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If you're artistically inclined, apply to become one of the seven chosen artists to take part in projects. One will become an Artist in Residence opportunity, and the others will work on projects across the borough. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Which borough will be the next London Borough of Culture, in 2020?

Brent has been named as London Borough of Culture for 2020.


Find out more on the Waltham Forest Culture 2019 website and follow WFculture19 on Twitter.

Last Updated 25 September 2018