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H&F makes shortlist for London Borough of Culture award

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Image captionImage 1: Arinzé Kene performing in Misty at the Bush Theatre in 2018. PICTURE: HELEN MURRAY

The spotlight is now on Hammersmith & Fulham after it was shortlisted for the prestigious London Borough of Culture award.

This coveted prize from the Mayor of London will provide up to £1.35m to the winning borough in order to deliver a series of events which place culture at the heart of their community.

H&F Council will use the money to kick start a 10-year programme, transforming the borough into a new cultural capital. A place which not only produces world-class art for all residents to enjoy, but also develops the next generation of local artistic talent into the culture leaders of tomorrow: the stars of stage and screen.

The ‘Sounds like Hammersmith & Fulham’ programme will build on the borough’s already booming arts and culture scene thanks to the success of our Arts Strategy (pdf 627KB).

“We want to provide a stage to ensure the rich talent we have does not go undeveloped,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.

“By building stronger local connections we can nurture our stars of the future and truly bring the benefit of our dynamic arts scene to all our residents.”

The council is competing with six other boroughs to be awarded the London Borough of Culture accolades for 2021 and 2023.

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Image caption: Image 2: The new Exhibition London venue situated in the Grade II listed Dimco East building at Westfield London

Arts strategy

We’re working with local residents, organisations and artists to make H&F one of the leading arts destinations in the country.

It includes a new community-led arts commission which is currently shaping the future of the arts and culture scene in H&F, for local residents.

The independent Arts Commission is made up of residents, volunteers, art experts and local arts organisations.

Read more about the community-led Arts Commission.

While we’ve been working with Westfield London and Broadwick Venues, which brought the critically-acclaimed Printworks London to the capital, to bring

London’s newest entertainment venue to White City.

Exhibition London at Westfield London, just off Wood Lane, will not only bring live music gigs from some of the biggest names in the music industry to the borough.

The exciting new space, situated in the historic Dimco East building, will also create new jobs for local residents and give local young people more opportunities in the arts.

Other recent successes include a new civil rights mural in Marcus Garvey Park near Olympia, and an art installation celebrating local older residents at Westfield in partnership with Europe’s biggest shopping centre and four local charities.

Read more about the art installation celebrating older people in H&F.

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