First London Boroughs of Culture announced

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This morning it was announced that both Waltham Forest and Brent will be the first London Boroughs of Culture. Waltham Forest will hold the title in 2019 and Brent 2020. Each will receive £1.35m in funding.

Inspired by the success of the European Capital of Culture and UK City of Culture programmes, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the programmes will 'give all Londoners, regardless of background, the opportunity to enjoy the capital’s fantastic cultural riches, discover places they never knew existed and will increase the level of participation in the arts across the city – especially in outer London boroughs.'

Among the projects in Waltham Forest are a new culture manifesto written by Bob and Roberta Smith, and a digital installation involving every school in the borough on Walthamstow Marshes developed by local artist Zarah Hussain .

Brent’s bid was structured around seven key projects, showcasing the borough’s spirit of diversity, youthfulness and internationalism.

Khan also announced six cultural impact awards to projects in Barking and Dagenham, Camden, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham and Merton.