Month: February 2018


Bexley – proud to be a borough of culture

The Council has promised to build on the work that took place to bid to become the Greater London Authority’s London Borough of Culture and has restated its commitment to put culture firmly at the centre of its exciting growth plans.

Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said: “I’d like to congratulate the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Brent on achieving London Borough of Culture status for 2019 and 2020.

“I’d also like to thank our partners, local people and businesses for all the support they gave our campaign. To win the accolade would have been a great achievement for Bexley, but even though we weren’t successful, our bidding journey has been so valuable in creating a strong foundation to build on, and has proved that we are already a borough of culture.”

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said: “Going forward we have aspirations for working with our partners and communities to further develop our cultural and creative agendas, informed by the bid development work and also our wider agendas. This is important, not only because of the value of culture and the arts, but also because we recognise the role culture has in creating identity, shaping our communities and providing new opportunities.

“Bexley already has an exciting programme of cultural events taking place throughout 2018. As well as the recent BookBuzz literary festival, highlights include ‘The Spine’ festival for young people, the ‘Brick City’ exhibition at Hall Place, the second Sidcup Fringe, a number of ‘Performing Places’ events in summer and much more. There will also be our new annual Lantern Parade in December.”

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Library buzzes for launch of first literary festival

The newly refurbished Central Library was packed out for the launch the borough’s first BookBuzz literary festival.

The Gruffalo, Elmer and Peter Rabbit were all on hand to meet and greet children and parents, who also enjoyed free facepainting and circus skills workshops.


Cllr Craske joins the Gruffalo, Peter Rabbit and Elmer and friends at the launch of the BookBuzz festival

BookBuzz runs until 24 February. The fun includes a packed programme of free events and activities for all the family.

During half term week, there will be a huge variety of fun activities for children, including ‘Where’s Wally?’ hunts, Harry Potter activities, drama workshops and storytellers.

There will also be a wide range of author events and talks for adults – from ‘The Bewildering Business of Book Covers’ by Martin Davies to ‘The Exploits of Colonel Blood’ by Angus Donald.

Take a look at the BookBuzz Festival programme for full details of all the events and activities and find out how to book your free tickets.

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London Borough of Culture exhibition

London Borough of Culture

The Greater London Authority has put together the first London Borough of Culture exhibition, which will feature content from the bidding boroughs.

The free exhibition will reveal a snapshot of local culture from the 22 bids the GLA received and will open to the public on Monday 26 February at City Hall.

It will be on display until 13 March at City Hall from 8.30am until 6pm each working day.