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Our response to the Mayor's draft Culture Strategy

  • By Spike van der Vliet-Firth

London Councils has submitted a response to the Mayor's draft Culture Strategy- 'Culture for all Londoners'.

The strategy contains four key principles:

  1. Love London- more people experiencing and creating culture on their doorstep
  2. Culture and Good Growth- supporting, saving and sustaining cultural places
  3. Creative Londoners- Investing in a diverse and creative workforce for the future
  4. World City- maintaining a global powerhouse in a post-Brexit world

Key messages from London Councils’ consultation response are:

  • London boroughs are key delivery partners for the cultural strategy and remain important investors in culture. Boroughs can tailor their delivery to London’s diverse communities, in a way that pan-London activity cannot;
  • The cultural strategy should inspire and influence local cultural strategies but should be flexible enough to allow for different local approaches.
  • Libraries and archives are missing from the draft strategy and should be included. Libraries and archives have the potential to provide a cultural infrastructure across London and reach audiences who may not have engaged with culture. The final strategy should also refer to sport and its potential links to culture, particularly around major sporting events.
  • The strategy rightly identifies the value of culture to other activities such as education, health and well-being, regeneration and economic development. The Mayor should continue to champion this and make links to his activity and strategies on health, skills and economic development.
  • The strategy should aim to address funding for culture – both in overall terms and in relation to the rest of the UK, highlighting the benefits of a strong and inclusive cultural offer in London to the rest of the country.
Spike van der Vliet-Firth , Principal Policy Officer for Skills and Culture