World famous illustrator and author Sir Quentin Blake has backed Bexley’s bid to become London Borough of Culture!
In a letter of support Sir Quentin told the Council’s Chief Executive Gill Steward:
“It is with the greatest of pleasure that I would like to add my support to the London Borough of Bexley’s bid to become the London Borough of Culture” and that he would be “truly delighted to see the borough win such a tremendous accolade”.
The full letter of support is reproduced below.
The fabulous Bird College in Sidcup have produced this amazing video to support Bexley’s bid for London Borough of Culture.
This video of support from senior Council Officers and Members outlines why winning the London Borough of Culture bid would be so key to the borough.
The statements are available as individual clips below.
Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE
Leader of the Council
Cllr Peter Craske
Cabinet lead for Culture
Deputy Director for Communities
Assistant Chief Executive Regeneration and Growth
Director of Place Communities and Infrastructure
Director of Children’s Services
Chairman of BexleyCo
Head of Finance
Dr Anjan Ghosh
Director of Public Health
Director of Adults Services
Date: Thursday 7 December
Opening Hours: 5pm to 7pm
Address: 4-5 Marketplace, Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 7DU
Join us for the London Borough of Bexley’s first Lantern Parade. A spectacle of light, featuring food stalls, music, an arts and crafts fair and late night shopping in Bexleyheath Broadway.
Local children that have taken part in the free pop-up lantern making workshops with internationally renowned artist and curator Tessa Garland, will be taking their creations out to light up the High Street. The parade will take place along the pedestrianised area on the Broadway. It will begin and end at 4-5 Marketplace in the Broadway, near the Christmas tree and opposite Starbucks.
Adding to the festive fun, is a special arts and crafts fair and food stalls, offering a unique festive shopping experience, alongside late night shopping in several shops on the Broadway and in The Mall.
A selection of artists will be selling alternative and original handcrafted Christmas gifts. One trader is Kay Davis, a graduate of Central Saint Martin’s based in South London, whose paintings and illustrations are based on childhood memories and Caribbean culture. Kay will also have hand painted fashion items that will only available at the fair. There will also be the chance to see a small collective of international artists called ‘Point and Place’ who have developed an original board game called Hexagons, a memory game using original artworks and photographic images.
Let it Glow is free to attend. We advise participating in the parade to arrive 15 minutes in advance to light lanterns.
Whether you’re participating in the parade, or looking for alternative handmade Christmas gift, come and get festive and #LetItGlow in this celebration of arts and crafts at Bexley – the perfect countdown to Christmas!
Pop-up workshops are running at the former Bensons Bed shop in Bexleyheath Broadway, every Saturday from 11am to 4pm until Saturday 2 December and are free to attend.
Sir Peter Bazalgette – lead on the independent review for the Government into the Creative Industries, Chairman of ITV, president of Crossness Engines Trust and former chair of Arts Council England – has pledged his firm support for Bexley’s bid to become London Borough of Culture.
Sir Peter Bazalgette provided a personal message to an audience at a special business and key stakeholder event at Hall Place earlier this week (21 November) via video. In giving his wholehearted support to Bexley’s bid, he talked about the power of arts and culture, in its intrinsic value, but also in its ability to build community identity and cohesion. He talked about the way culture delivers enormous social benefits, how it supports education and skills and of the significance of the creative economy. He also noted how Bexley is perfectly positioned to be at the centre of the emerging Thames Estuary Cultural Production Corridor opportunity.
It was only at the start of last month that we officially launched Bexley’s bid to become London Borough of Culture at a special event at Hall Place and Gardens.
We recorded this video on the day.
No time at all has passed and we are already racing toward the bid deadline date of 1 December!
There is still a chance for anyone interested in getting involved or find out more by emailing email@example.com
Please also get behind the bid on Facebook and Twitter.