London Borough of Culture 2022

In February 2019, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Lewisham had been awarded the title of London Borough of Culture for 2022.

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The borough was awarded £1.35m of funding to deliver a year-long programme of activities that place culture at the heart of their communities and celebrate the unique character of local people and places.

Submitted under the theme ‘Cultural Activism’, Lewisham’s bid focused on inspiring local people to act on the climate crisis, while also recognising the borough’s youth, diversity, and the need to tackle inequality.

Goldsmiths was a key partner in the successful bid and proposed a series of contributions reflecting our central role in the boroughs cultural life for over 100 years.

We are the borough’s lead partner for ‘In Living Memory’, a strand of activity celebrating Lewisham’s heritage and diversity.

Local people will collaborate with our researchers and creative practitioners to tell a striking new story of Lewisham’s recent past, in their own words.