Our borough received a London Borough of Culture exemplar award for cultural impact, along with five other boroughs Barking and Dagenham, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham & Merton.
The London Borough of Culture Winners are Waltham Forest in 2019, and Brent Council in 2020 they will each receive £1.35m in project inspired by European capital of culture scheme.
Among the projects in Waltham Forest are a new culture manifesto written by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and a digital installation called Molecules in the Marshes on Walthamstow Marshes developed by local artist Zarah Hussain and involving every school in the borough.
Projects in Brent will include a summer street party on London’s oldest, straightest road, the A5; a reggae music festival, No Bass Like Home; and events to capitalise on the year, coinciding with Euro 2020, when Wembley will host seven football matches including the final.
As part of our contribution to getting more young people in Camden involved in dance we are presenting the Camden Schools Dance festival on the 13-14 March, which is the culmination of several months’ work by around 400 pupils from 14 schools and professional dance artists using South Asian, contemporary, folk and street dance styles. The pupils aged 8-18 years perform their creations which reflect rich culture of the borough to an audience of fellow students, family and friends. Camden Schools Dance Festival is supported by John Lyon’s Charity and by the Camden Dance Development Group which comprises of Akademi, English Folk Dance & Song Society, B-Better, icandance, Surma Centre and London Borough of Camden.
The festival is part of our wider Get Camden Dancing initiative which aims to develop deep, lasting partnerships between The Place, local schools and community organisations to ensure that more children in Camden can benefit from access to activities that boost their creativity, physical activity and emotional well-being. There is high-quality evidence from the Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) review that learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school.
Over the next four years, The Place will focus on increasing audience engagement from local residents, local children and young people and local businesses. The first phase has already started with a pilot project that works with partner schools who are able to access a range of activities for their learners and teachers in one discounted package. School leaders and teachers can decide how the provision is shared across the school to meet their educational needs. Through the generous support of John Lyon’s Charity, we will grow their Partner schools programme with the ambition to increase the network from five to 12 schools by 2020. The partner schools currently signed up are Brookfield Primary, Netley Primary, Rhyl Primary, St. George The Martyr Primary, Torriano Primary.