Camden to place diversity at the heart of its public spaces through new strategy
Camden Council’s Cabinet have agreed a five year ‘Strategy for Diversity in the Public Realm’ – as Camden aims to go further to represent, empower and celebrate its diverse communities in its public spaces.
‘Camden has a diverse population, with its 274,000 residents speaking over 140 languages and dialects between them. Camden’s free and open public spaces are seen as key places to bring communities together, provide a sense of place and belonging, and reflect the demographic and cultural diversity of its population.
The new strategy includes plans to make cultural opportunities, green space and nature fully accessible and inclusive to everyone. This includes:
- Working with communities and artists to animate high streets and open spaces, making them culturally diverse and inclusive through festivals, performances, music, film and visual art.
- Developing a virtual Camden People’s Museum to showcase Camden’s diverse people, places and stories.
- Celebrating key cultural moments throughout the year with exhibitions and events.
- Commissioning semi-permanent public art to celebrate our diverse communities.
- Developing and delivering a project to explore new interpretation of statues and memorials commemorating individuals across Camden using QR code technology.
- Empowering communities to create the public realm and develop new initiatives and projects, through the Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund and the We Make Camden Kit.
Camden is committed to addressing inequalities, building community strength, and increasing diversity and inclusion.
Over the past two years we have worked with and supported diverse creative organisations, businesses and voluntary and community sector organisations. We have commemorated pioneering individuals from communities that have historically been underrepresented in the public realm. These include the renaming of new housing in Maitland Park, Park View House in Somers Town and West Hampstead Primary School. We have been part of a wider effort across London to make our public spaces reflect the diversity of the capital’s communities.
“I am very proud to be part of the first strategy of its kind to be developed by a UK Council.