Camden Council ramps up campaign to be London Borough of Culture

Camden has some of the most iconic cultural venues in London, a long history of innovation, and our connection to the rest of Europe via Eurostar means that people come from all over to visit our borough. So, why bid to be the London Borough of Culture?

Culture in Camden is so much more than simply attending the latest gallery or exhibition – it’s woven into the fabric of our borough, implicit in Camden’s people, on its streets and in its heritage. Culture means so many different things to different people yet has the ability to bring communities together.

Camden has a reputation for seeking innovative solutions for problems, and we truly believe culture can transform lives. We want to create a year that’s not only known for producing a fantastic programme of events for people to enjoy – but that brings wider benefits for Camden residents and beyond.

Camden is…People

Over the past month we have been speaking to people across the borough to find out what culture in Camden means to them. Our residents have many personal stories about how culture has touched their lives – how getting involved with a local arts therapy programme, for example, has helped them through tough times, or how joining an arts club has kept their child away from getting involved in crime.

Camden is…Places

We’re now asking for your stories about the 'places' in Camden that mean the most to you. Follow our twitter feed to discover 52 of Camden’s favourite cultural places, one for every week of the year, and suggest your own ising #camdenis. You can also look out for our team from next month, who will be out across Camden capturing residents’ thoughts and ideas on film and in photos to create our own cultural snapshot of the borough. We’ll announce locations shortly.

Camden is…Heritage

Next month we will be focusing on Camden’s heritage – looking back at the borough’s history of radical theatre and alternative culture, and looking to the future to see what can be drawn from our story to create our future if we win the bid.

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There are several ways you can get involved to show your support. Find out more and take our online survey at